Heat warps train lines
3 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — The tropical temperatures in the Netherlands are causing delays on the country's rail network.
3 July 2006
AMSTERDAM — The tropical temperatures in the Netherlands are causing delays on the country's rail network.
Network manager ProRail said on Monday there is little it can do to stop tracks buckling and warping in the 30 degree plus heat.
Services between the neighbouring stations of Amsterdam Amstel and Amsterdam Muiderpoort were delayed by damaged rails on Sunday. A train left the rails between Heerlen and Herzogenrath on Saturday. No one was injured in that incident.
But three passengers were injured when a local train from Utrecht to Leiden derailed at Zwammerdam on Friday.
"It doesn't happen very often, but by chance there have been three such occurrences within a short period of time. This is a result of the expansion of the metal," a ProRail spokesperson said.
The only solution is to keep the rails cool with water. "And that is endless work," the spokesperson said. Officials are still investigating the Zwammerdam accident.
Meanwhile, there were reports on Monday that the heat was playing havoc with bridges in Friesland. Many would not open to allow boats to pass by and some could not be closed afterwards.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news