Elron Plagued by Vandalism, As Well ({{commentsTotal}})

The national train service operator can't catch a break.

Elektriraudtee, the state company that took over servicing the country's passenger lines this year under a rebranded name, Elron, that many saw as unfortunate, has been facing logistical problems in adapting its sleek Swiss-made commuter trains to a country with intercity needs and longstanding habits.

It's also been doing a running battle with vandals at the trains' overnight depots at some of the termini, such as Aegviidu, Riisipere and Viljandi, uudised.err.ee reported.

Elron information specialist Raili Maarja Mänd told Sakala that the latest car to be tagged was on June 20 in Viljandi. The train was removed from service immediately, the company's policy being that the trains must be spic and span inside and outside.

The cost will be around 5,000 euros.

"Elron has installed video surveillance in all end stations and we have contracts with security companies who are prepared to respond immediately, we have also improved lighting," said Mänd.

June 8 saw an incident at Riisipere, which was the fifth incident this year; there were several last year as well.

Although not at fault, earlier this year Elron also suffered the first accident in which a passenger was killed in re-independent Estonia.