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This is quite a problem in Germany too:

Eisenbahnen der Eifel: Strecke Euskirchen - Bonn Railroads in the Eifel: Euskirchen - Bonn Line
Nicht weniger als drei Personen begingen statistisch jeden Tag
auf den Schienen in Deutschland Selbstmord, so der Bahnsprecher. "Im August
waren es allein in Nordrhein-Westfalen 29, im September 25 und in den ersten
Oktobertagen zirka 15."
Statistically, no less than three people commit suicide on the rails in Germany every day, the railroad spokesperson said. "In August [2001] there were 29 in North Rhine-Westphalia along, 25 in September and around 15 in the first days of October."

My understanding is that the drivers receive counseling, but I can't find a reference right now.

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by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Sat Nov 24th, 2007 at 02:07:57 PM EST
I recall a figure of just about one suicide per locomotive driver per career for Germany. But it may have worsened. The above figure looks similar to those seventies Hungary figures (there is an order of magnitude difference between population, train and locomotive driver staff numbers).

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by DoDo on Sat Nov 24th, 2007 at 05:06:47 PM EST
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Doing a quick off-hand calculation, 30,000 drivers, 30 year careers, 1000 suicides/year would give oe hit per driver per career.

Here is an interesting study for those who can read German. It analysed the 5731 railway suicides from 1997 to 2002. Intersting factoids:

  • While East Germany has a higher suicide rate, for railway suicide, it's just the opposite
  • there is indeed an increase in railway suicides over time
  • 75% of the 16 chronic spots along the network were near psychiatric institutes


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by DoDo on Sat Nov 24th, 2007 at 05:17:44 PM EST
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That last point is the same everywhere, I'd guess. At least the Dutch track that passes Castricum and Heiloo is infamous as well. Don't know if there's research on that, just something I heard a lot.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2007 at 06:05:20 PM EST
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one hit per driver per career.

Recently saw swedish statistics and they were about the same.

Speaking of statistics I started to wonder about suicide statistics and checked wikipedia.

List of countries by suicide rate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This list should be used with caution. Little data is available documenting suicide rates in Africa, and the Middle East. Even in countries where cause-of-death data is collected systematically, differing societal attitudes toward suicide may impact the recorded figures (e.g., misreporting a suicide as an accidental death out of deference for the bereaved). Also, due to the highly corrupt police forces in Eastern Europe, many murders are written off as suicides.

I thought there was something fishy with the egyptians never commiting suicide.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Nov 26th, 2007 at 05:58:09 AM EST
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Also, due to the highly corrupt police forces in Eastern Europe, many murders are written off as suicides.

Heh. Someone should plaster this full with [reference needed] tags...

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by DoDo on Mon Nov 26th, 2007 at 02:39:28 PM EST
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I recall a report a few years ago in similar vein, about East Asian countries, with some first disclosed statistics quoted from China that put it in undisputed first place.

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by DoDo on Mon Nov 26th, 2007 at 02:41:17 PM EST
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BTW, just checked: the suicide rate of Hungary today is about half of the maximum in the late seventies-eighties.

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by DoDo on Mon Nov 26th, 2007 at 02:45:29 PM EST
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