In Germany, supposedly the economically soundest country in the Eurozone, entrepreneurs are supplementing their income by stealing the rails and the catenary.
As commodity prices have surged in recent years, metal thieves have become more brazen, causing Deutsche Bahn a loss of EUR 10 million (US $14 million) in 2010 alone. Other European countries have also experienced a dramatic increase in theft of rails and copper cable and wires from railroad property. The problem was as recently five years ago limited mostly to several countries in Eastern Europe, but has now expanded to Germany, Italy, France and Great Britain.
These efforts have to be pretty organized. You don't remove these things with Craftsman hand tools.

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