Power outage halts train service around Oslo

11:42, January 01, 2011      

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Train service around the Norwegian capital of Oslo were suspended for 2 and a half hours during the New Year's Eve due to a failure in the city's power supply system.

Trains running on tracks around the Oslo area came to an abrupt halt at 9 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Friday when power and signal systems for railways in the Oslo area were knocked out.

The power outage paralyzed all train services to, from and through Oslo, according to official sources from the Norwegian railway administration NSB.

The Oslo subway also fell victim to the power black-out.

Passengers on board of the affected trains were brought to the nearest stations and taken away by taxis while those waiting at the stations wondered what was wrong as public address systems also failed.

The train service resumed 30 minutes before the start of the year 2011.

Describing it as an extraordinary mistake, Morten Schau, press officer for the electricity company Hafslund, confirmed that a power failure occurred on Friday.

Harry Cross Lund, spokesman for the railway administration, told the Norwegian broadcast and TV station NRK that the break in power supply affected the internal power supply for railway systems. "As a result, no signals or safety systems operate normally," he said.

Source: Xinhua
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