The same applies to bus drivers. There are many things a driver has to have stored in his brain that can be retrieved in an instant. Oh and of course there's the main thing people forget. These guys and gals have our lives in their hands day in day out. Over the last couple of weeks this has been brought home in a number of incidences.
The week before last a bus driver was making his way back to the depot after an early morning contract run. He was minding his own business, sticking to the speed limit when a van ploughs into him at 70mph. The front of the bus is destroyed but mercifully the bus driver was thrown clear and was not seriously injured.
|The aftermath of the crash on the A12 at Wrentham pic (c) Ipswichstar|
|The front of the Greater Anglia train after hitting the tractor|
But it's not only humans who test the skills of our drivers, but Mother Nature does her best too. I've spent a lot of the day watching from the safety of my settee in awe as wave after wave smashed into the sea wall at Dawlish in the most spectacular style. I can only try to imagine what it must feel like to be in charge of a train seeing that heaving mass of water making a beeline for your head. Must need nerves of steel. I took this screenshot from the outstanding Dawlish Beach San Remo cam earlier.
|A Great Western class 142 getting a soaking at Dawlish|
|GWR HST at Dawlish getting a wash|