It's Not Easy to be a Tram Driver (video)

What a shame for the drivers who hit pedestrians.  Through no fault of their own, I might add.  In the videos, I am amazed at how calmly the drivers all reacted to their situations.  I suspect that steel nerves are part of the requirements to be a tram driver.

Dan Padova

 

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Them tram drivers are pretty calm considering,can recall as a L motorman leaving the station late at night folks ducking under crossing gates in front of me was lucky though on all occasion's along with the satisfaction of scaring the heck out of them blowing the horn with foot button then screaming out cab window "are you crazy".

 

 

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Dan Padova posted:

What a shame for the drivers who hit pedestrians.  Through no fault of their own, I might add.  In the videos, I am amazed at how calmly the drivers all reacted to their situations.  I suspect that steel nerves are part of the requirements to be a tram driver.

In the last clip, it's pretty clear when she hung her head, the driver was affected by the pedestrian getting hit by the other tram.

Still you'd think where street running is a common occurrence, people would know better.  I would suspect the European legal systems also favors the tram drivers.

Rusty

The bottom line for cities that have or would like to have streetcars is the streetcars should really have a designated right of way.  There are a few locations in Philly where I have seen streetcar only postings.  But these are mostly at or near intersections.  The rest of the lines are usually a free for all.  

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

These are the same folks that change lanes in front of you without looking in their mirrors. How on earth do you not see something as large as a tram!

I thought these drivers were only in Wisconsin.

Ray

Bobby Ogage posted:

It is fantastic that these trolley drivers have videos of their mishaps. Otherwise I can see slip & trip lawyers having a field day with these incidents.

Which is why the transit authorities have cameras mounted in their vehicles...   

It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

And that's in Europe where people are much more accustomed to trams and streetcars !

Dan Padova

 

"In the course of my life I have had to eat my words, and I must confess it was a wholesome diet"..........Winston Churchill

                                                                                                                                        

Seems to me that the simple addition of strobe lights, at a low level, about the height of a typical car rear view mirror, would help drivers see the tram when they pull out in front of them.  The trams may have headlights, but they might be mounted too high to appear in the normal mirror vision area.

Arthur P. Bloom TCA 86-23906 "I love the smell of smoke pellets in the morning!"

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