Investigation as intercity trains break in two
8 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — Officials have launched an investigation into the IC-R push-pull model of Intercity train following two incidents in which carriages separated from the rest of the train mid-journey.
8 March 2006
AMSTERDAM — Officials have launched an investigation into the IC-R push-pull model of Intercity train following two incidents in which carriages separated from the rest of the train mid-journey.
Transport Ministry inspectors said failures of the link between carriages are a "serious incident" as people could potentially fall out of the gap left by the separating carriages.
The model went into general service with Dutch Rail NS last year and the company insists the intercity trains are safe. "The chance of the couplings giving way is one in several millions. And the chance a person will be in the linking passageway between two carriages is even smaller," an NS spokesperson said.
The company said the IC-R model involved in the incidents are not new. "Exactly the same type of train has travelled between Amsterdam and Brussels for years," according to the spokesperson. The coupling system complies with European standards.
The latest incident occurred during the Tuesday morning rush hour near Meteren. The train was carrying several hundred passengers in the direction of Haarlem when several carriages disconnected from the rest of the train. This triggered an automatic braking system.
A similar incident occurred near Geldrop on 5 November. Inspectors launched the investigation because both incidents involved the same model.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news