Three trains on the main Dovrebanen line in central Norway were all halted by more electrical trouble during the night. Some passengers were stuck for four hours or more inside trains with no lights or heat in temperatures down to minus-24C.
Newspaper VG reported that many of those on board were freezing and hungry, and toilets weren’t functioning. On another train, a group of young athletes from Mosjøen who’d saved money for three years to travel to a winter training camp in Lanzarote ended up missing their flight from Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen.
Bane NOR, the troubled state agency in charge of Norway’s railroad infrastructure, reported that one of the trains had torn down part of an overhead power cable that halted service on the entire line. Professionals had to be called in for repairs and it took time.
“It’s unfortunate when these things happen,” Bane NOR spokesman Olav Nordli told state broadcaster NRK. The Dovrebanen line reopened around 9am Saturday morning.