40 thoughts on “Who’d Drive a Tram?

  1. Anomanomanom

    Yet so many people slag off luas drivers. Sure the just pull a lever, yeah nothing else.

    1. Killian G

      Having been a LUAS driver for over 25 years, I can tell you that there is actually not all that much to it beyond pulling a lever every once in a while. \IN the early days we also had to collect fares but they did away with that with the introduction of free travel.

      1. Tony

        You were a Luas driver 12 years before it even started operating. That’s amazing. Your claim that the job involves little more than pulling a lever seems totally legit.

          1. mildred st. meadowlark

            Vanished into the mists of 2018, I hope.

            (don’t speak his name more than three times out loud or he’ll come for us all)

          2. mildred st. meadowlark

            Exchange one argumentative nutjob for another. Or maybe the new year will bring a new crazy to the table.

          3. barelylegal

            hard to tell at times, but I like him either way.

            why earlier today he said I was some other fella.

            hilarious, it was.

      1. Anomanomanom

        These are the incidents that the driver could not stop happening, because of idiots. If it was just pulling levers with no driving or observational skill at all then there would be serious crashes every single day.

          1. Brother Barnabas

            that’s what I was thinking – I’d just steam on through those fuppers with all the obliviousness of mister magoo

            but i didn’t say it in case everyone thought I was a psycho

    2. Topsy

      Anom. My mother is 95 & she would be well capable of driving a tram. Highly overpaid for the skills required, as are train and bus drivers. They get paid crazy rates simply because the can hold the country & people to ransom whenever the wish.

      1. Gerry

        And all she does is hang around the house. I’m she ignores you when you tell here to get a job too.

  2. Increasing_Displacement

    So many people are too thick or have too little attention to be allowed to drive
    The test is a joke

    1. barelylegal

      there should be mandatory random re-testing like in the states, or after accumulation of X penalty points.

      1. Increasing_Displacement

        100% or every 4/5 years

        They test to make sure cars aren’t dangerous every year ffs

      2. Serval

        The test in Florida involves driving around a car park and not even going out on an actual road.
        I’m unsure about other US States.

  3. Tim

    Luas job is a difficult job, constant attention needed, drivers, cyclists, pedestrians. Factor in the boredom of the job. They deserve every penny.

      1. Tim

        The others don’t get paid, it’s not a job for them. You should never be on a tram track. Trams have automatic right of way.

    1. Harry Molloy

      But when you stop out of that cockpit in your luas pilot’s uniform you are fighting the ladies off.

    1. Cian

      Either that, or put a cow-catcher on the front of the trams and tell the drivers not to stop if there is a collision.

  4. Steph Pinker

    I’m paraphrasing here, but I recall reading* about a German [?] zookeeper who was given a Darwin Award after being in charge of a nervous and constipated elephant; apparently, he gave her a huge amount of laxatives, and when they didn’t work as quickly as he thought they should, he gave her a suppository as well. Needless to say, when he went to check to see whether the suppository and the laxatives had been effective, he found out (to his detriment) that they were, as he suffocated in a massive pile of elephant poo.

    * I don’t believe everything I read.

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