Force of nature

Snow, wind, leaves, sun - the elements and seasons impact rail traffic in a number of ways.

Below is a list of some of the terms used in connection with train traffic at different times of the year.


Slip/slide
Slip/slide occurs during the autumn when leaves fall from the trees and land on the tracks. Depending on the quantity of leaves and the prevailing weather conditions, the rails can become slippery.

Snow and cold
Winter can bring significant variations in temperature and heavy snowfalls, which can have a major impact on rail traffic.

Sun kinks
Sun kinks can occur during the summer when there are big temperature differences and the rails heat up and expand.

Railway terms
The Swedish Transport Administration's website also contains definitions of the most common railway terms used.

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