Nearly all Sprinter trains out of action because of the snow

Almost all of Dutch Rail’s new generation of Sprinter trains have broken down in the wintry weather and dozens of German engineers are in the Netherlands trying to solve the problems, Nos television said on Thursday.

Just 10 of the 95 trains, built by Siemens and Canada’s Bombardier, are currently in use, forcing Dutch Rail to bring in old trains to maintain services.
The electronics in the new trains are said to be particularly vulnerable to melting snow.
Nos says the new trains had not yet been tested in snowy conditions. That should have happened this month, but the winter came too soon, Nos said.

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