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There are train cancellations and line closures due to a heatwave in Sweden.

A Swede could easily translate the Australian alert code WOLO to Watch Out – Line Overheating.


This bong knows exactly how they feel. I suppose it's part of the trade-off in using welded rather than jointed track.


You just up inspections in high heat. From what I gather about this Euro heat wave is that the temps are high, but not abnormally high. It's just persistently high. Which isn't really a concern with the rail because you account for those high temps when you lay the rail and cut in and take out rail seasonally.

They've pretty well figured out how to make ribbon rail work in the American west, I think Europe ought to know as well.


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Would be curious to see how railways around the world are adapted to their climates. The WOLO boards in Sydney are opened when ≥38°C is forecasted but in practice the speed restrictions don't affect OTR that much and even on days above 45°C cancellations aren't a thing. On the flipside, I imagine the rails would just shatter if it ever got to -10°C.

Spain seems fine too. Can get properly hot but doesn't have the heat related cancellations either.

But then you have the UK where it goes above 35°C rails warp and aircon fails, rails shatter or the wrong type of snow in winter, leaves on the line in autumn, and insects in spring. Four distinct seasons just like Japan!

All of Sydney is CWR and does fine. Keep the fasteners really tight for stability~


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This sun kink is said to be on a bridge on the Bothnia Line in northern Sweden.



The image above was, I believe, shot in 2014.

I noted a few media stating that some of the sun kinks plaguing Swedish railways were caused by thunderstorms. I shall guess that hot and tense rails were either miscooled by rain and/or misheated by lightning.

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