The Elefant train leaves the station. Illustrative photo.
Prague – A passing train damaged the traction line in Prague's Radotín this morning. The breakdown then stopped the train service between Prague and Dobřichovice in Central Bohemia for four hours. The fault was repaired and traffic was restored around noon. Jan Nevola, spokesman for the Railway Administration (SŽ), told ČTK.
The malfunction occurred around eight o'clock in the morning. “After inspecting the scene, the investigators found that the train driver probably did not pull the collector when passing over the rail coupler, and thus damaged the traction line,” Nevola told ČTK earlier. According to him, SŽ deployed the maximum of its capacities on the spot and the operation was restored at around 12:00.
Due to the fault, trains did not run between Prague's Smíchov and Dobřichovice, they were replaced by bus services. Even long-distance trains between Prague and Beroun were not running, the measure also affected some trains to Germany or Železná Ruda.