Train delays after derailment damages railway
7 June 2005, AMSTERDAM — Only a limited amount of train traffic to and from Amsterdam Central Station was possible on Tuesday morning after the derailment of a freight train on Monday night.
7 June 2005
AMSTERDAM — Only a limited amount of train traffic to and from Amsterdam Central Station was possible on Tuesday morning after the derailment of a freight train on Monday night.
Dutch rail operator NS said only half of its normal amount of trains were operating as efforts continued to remove the train and start repair work.
A spokesman for rail network authority ProRail warned commuters of delays ranging from 30 minutes to an hour. Repair works also mean NS services will be limited until Wednesday.
Five carriages of a 50-wagon goods train transporting gravel derailed at Amsterdam Central on Monday night. There were no victims, freight company Railion said.
One of the derailed carriages was hauled back onto the tracks overnight, while it was hoped the same could be done with the other four carriages during Tuesday morning.
The ProRail spokesman said the derailment caused extensive damages. Overhead cabling supports will need to be replaced over six tracks, after which work can be started repairing tracks and switch points.
More information about the duration of the repair works will be released later on Tuesday.
The freight train was en route from Amsterdam-Westhaven via Harmelen to Roosendaal, but the five carriages derailed on the west side of the roofed-section of the station shortly before 7pm on Monday.
The Safety Investigation Council, the Transport Ministry's inspectorate and national police force KLPD are investigating the accident.
The cause of the derailment was not immediately known.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news