Bug hits trains one year late

A Y2k bug, which hit one year late, has halted all of Norway’s high-speed Signatur trains, which refused to start because the on-board electronics were unable to recognise the date.

A Y2k bug, which hit one year late, has halted all of Norway’s high-speed Signatur trains. The 13 long-distance trains and 16 new airport express trains refused to start last Sunday morning because the on-board electronics were unable to recognise the date Dec 31, 2000.

Normal Y2k checks had been carried out but no one had thought of checking how the system would respond to the Dec 31, 2000 date, officials said.

Engineers reset the trains’ clocks to Dec 1, which has temporarily fixed the problem. The national railway company – Norges Statsbaner – and the German manufacturer of the trains, Adtranz, now has one month to find a permanent solution.