New threat of rail disruption.
In its day, British Rail was famed for its excuses. It was either “leaves on the line”, or delayed departures because the train hadn’t arrived in the station yet.
Such creative thought has now reached the Norwegian National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket) in Oslo.
It has now asked 17th May revellers to mind their aluminium helium-filled balloons, instead of the gap.
According to the Administration, balloons lost in the Oslo underground rail tunnel can float up and short-circuit the 16,000 volt overhead electric cables by melting the copper wiring. This stops the trains.
“There’ll be announcements and posters saying helium balloons will not be allowed on the platforms at Oslo S and Nationaltheateret, as well as why. We hope this will help,” says head of track management for Greater Oslo, Beate Isetorp, in a press release.
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