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It's far closer to a long distance bus driver, although if you multiply people travelling by likelihood of an accident, the bus driver has more responsibility and a more exacting job. Not that he gets paid as much or retires at 50...

Surely figuring in likelyhood of an accident is dubious at best, if not interlectually dishonest. If a train driver is better trained or more skilled and so has less accidents then surely he deserves to be better paid, rather than it be decided that he is worth less.

As for deciding the bus driver has more responsibility, I've yet to see the Bus that carries 2 to 3 hundred pssengers. plus if one driver runs slowly, he can wreck the timetables of the whole network.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Nov 19th, 2007 at 05:59:13 AM EST
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The train driver is not alone responsible for higher train safety, but it is certainly true that following safety rules is more stringently required and controlled, as well as a larger part of the job. Meanwhile, if there is an accident, much more people are at risk and the kinetic energy to be absorbed in the crash is orders of magnitudes greater.

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by DoDo on Mon Nov 19th, 2007 at 06:52:02 AM EST
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a couple hundreds ? A TGV driver can transport up to 1090 passengers. A RER driver can transport legally probably 2630 passengers, and I bet the RER A is very often filled over capacity...

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by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Mon Nov 19th, 2007 at 07:04:36 AM EST
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The maximum capacity with two SNCF-version MI2Ns is even 2674. If you couple two six-part Z 5600 trains, one train driver even gets the responsibility for a theoretical maximum of 3282 passengers. (Tho' I'm not sure I saw such a combination on the RER C or RER D.)

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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Nov 19th, 2007 at 07:24:33 AM EST
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Was taking the smallest train I could think of

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Nov 19th, 2007 at 10:07:48 AM EST
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Well, then the UK rail system has indeed cut service more than I thought... It's not that hard to find trains with one or two dozens passengers in southern Europe...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Mon Nov 19th, 2007 at 10:24:44 AM EST
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I did assume it was full ;-)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Nov 19th, 2007 at 10:36:59 AM EST
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Well, there are two-axle single-car railcars that do have a capacity around that of a bus.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Nov 19th, 2007 at 11:01:21 AM EST
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