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AFP: Three Eurostar trains stuck in Channel Tunnel

LONDON -- Three Eurostar passenger trains were stuck in the rail tunnel between Britain and continental Europe, a spokesman for the operator said Saturday.

The trains broke down due to the cold weather snap affecting the region. The difference in temperature between the chilly open air and the warm tunnel under the English Channel caused the trains to break down.

"At the moment we have three trains stuck in the tunnel and we are trying to get them out with a rescue locomotive."

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The high-speed passenger trains stuck in the tunnel were fairly full, he added.

"It's really technical problems due to the bad weather and the snow. The difference in temperature is quite significant," the spokesman explained.

"It's very cold outside and it's very warm in the tunnel so there's a big difference in temperature and that makes it difficult."

by Bernard on Sat Dec 19th, 2009 at 03:54:06 AM EST

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