Train Driver Busted Playing Farmville While Actually Driving

Is operating a train something that needs the driver’s constant attention? I don’t know, I’m not a train driver, but I’m pretty sure if I saw my driver playing a video game while he was in charge of the metal boxes I was hurtling around in, I’d be at least a little worried.

Carlo Segura Linares shot this video of a Mexico City train driver passing the time playing Farmville on his iPad Mini.

So we have people spending their spare time driving trains for fun, while people who drive trains for a living are spending their working time playing games. OK.

Operador del Metro jugando con su tableta mientras conduce [YouTube, via Daily Dot]


  • Ha this reminds me of when I was young, back when letting a child into the cockpit of a commercial airliner was nothing to worry about. Going away on a family holiday I got to go see how they fly the plane and the co-pilot was explaining some stuff whilst the pilot was sat there playing his Gamegear. I’ll Never Forget.

  • My understanding is that most trains don’t require a lot of input if conditions are normal, no rain etc. Generally most trains could be driverless but the inertia of existing systems and supply contracts prevent the switchover.

  • Trains are on rails and AFAIK they have cruise control so you can set the speed and the train will keep it with no input needed (Most actually have a buzzer that sounds every few minutes to make sure the driver does not fall asleep!). Most commuter lines in cities have some form of ATP (Automatic Train Protection) which alerts the driver to an upcoming red light or station and brings the train to a stop with the emergency brakes if the driver does not react. Having a commercial radio station playing is also a fairly common thing among train drivers because it’s so boring.

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