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Well, what about the number of dimensions you operate within? Three for a plane, one for a train.

The low likelihood of crashes even compared to a bus does not come from supreme training but from the much more limited possibilities to create an accident. A family friend once drove a TGV -he is in fact a medical doctor (don't ask me how he convinced the train driver to let him do so -but he did. Without training. I don't think he would have been able to fly a plane or even drive a bus).

No, multiplying by the probability of an accident is not dishonest, otherwise you may argue that a museum keeper has more health and safety responsibility because there are more people in the museum than in a plane or a train. If an accident is well nigh impossible, you are not in a situation where a small mistake can spread disaster. Most of the time, a TGV driver would have trouble creating a crash if he tried. A bus driver must take corners, drive on mountain roads, has lots of visibility problems, can fall victim of an exploding tyre...

And it's not just about prestige for the planes either. A jet pilot must be able to land a 4 reactors plane with a single reactor left. What would possibly be the equivalent on a TGV?

As for long distance bus drivers (or jet pilots) at 2am, it's far more frequent than TGV drivers! I don't see too many TGVs during the night. But when my orchestra went to Poland, well, we were driving through the night, as in every trip that outlasts a day.

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by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Mon Nov 19th, 2007 at 07:13:53 AM EST
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