Sick ‘trikk’ ails Oslo transit

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All of Oslo’s 30 Italian-made electrical trams called the “trikk” have been taken out of service because of widespread rust damage. Public transport officials have had to replace most of them with bus service and no one knows how long the popular trikk-transit system will be disrupted.

Transit lines 17 and 18 were among those affected by the rust problems on Oslo's Italian-made trams. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

Transit lines 17 and 18 were among those affected by the rust problems on Oslo’s Italian-made trams. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

“We have examined all the 30 trams and they’re all damaged,” Cato Aspreud of the transit system known as Sporveien told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Monday.

A team of Italian tram experts travelled to Oslo last week to examine the trams after cracks were discovered in the framework where the carriages are attached to one another.  Aspreud told NRK that the cracks have led to rust in “important parts of the trams’ construction.”

Damage was minor enough on five of the trams that they can be repaired and hopefully returned to service relatively soon. It was unclear when the remainder of the trams could start running again, but Aspreud said the goal was to have them back in service before the summer holidays. Oslo’s 42 older trams of another make were running as usual but some were transferred to other lines.

newsinenglish.no staff