25.1.12

IT TAKES A LOT TO STEAL A TRAIN.

I recently picked up a copy of Today's Railways Europe for November 2011.  It's instructive to read about plans for a freight railroad network that don't include double-stacks, bathtub gondolas, or 100 tank loads of ethanol.  But a story about a number of Greek narrow-gauge center cab diesels of class 9400 that had been moved from dead storage in Patras to the end of a derelict branch line, subsequently to be stolen for scrap, along with some freight cars, track material, and the very track the equipment was stored on, intrigues.  The article (which I have not been able to find at any online source) notes the scrappers made off with about 500 metric tons of material, without anybody noticing or alerting the authorities.  The same article also notes the arrest of gypsies stealing batteries from the control boxes for crossing gates.  When civil order collapses ...

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