Euro Tram Driving Championship

Pete_uk

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So this is apparently a thing

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I think BT Sport are getting a bit desperate for sport to show!

Events seem to include:
Stop before the cone;
Stop at the platform marker;
Something involving a large cut out pedestrian;
And hitting a inflated ball into inflated bowling pins.
 
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Trackman

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I've just watched a bit on YouTube, Britain's team is Manchester Metrolink and West Midlands Metro.
Well, with the lockdown, why not have a watch!

Disciplines:
  1. Precision stop: After pushing a big green button, the circuit begins with the driver boarding the heritage tram. Their first test is to accelerate and then brake within 20cm of a cone without hitting it.
  2. Estimating lateral distance: While their teammate goes ahead to place a cardboard cut-out of Brussels’ famous ‘Peeing Boy’ statue as close to the tracks on a curve as possible without hitting a passing tram, the challenger runs to the second tram for the lateral test. The closer they can pass the statue (within 20cm) without touching it, the more points they rack up.
  3. Door stop: With the clock ticking, drivers then board the final tram where – with their mirrors disabled – they have to stop the second set of doors on a designated metre-wide arrow that’s placed at the side of the tram line.
  4. Speed: Staying in their seats, the drivers first have to accelerate and reach 30km/h without the assistance of a speedometer.
  5. Estimation of braking: Shortly after challenge four, the competitor has to take their hands off TBC to see how close they can get to a marked area on the ground. TBC is a safety feature on modern trams that activates the brakes a couple of seconds after a driver lets go of the lever.
 

LOL The Irony

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So this is apparently a thing

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I think BT Sport are getting a bit desperate for sport to show!

Events seem to include:
Stop before the cone;
Stop at the platform marker;
Something involving a large cut out pedestrian;
And hitting a inflated ball into inflated bowling pins.
I would like to introduce you to the Scania Driver Competition. It's the exact same concept. https://www.scania.com/group/en/section/solutions/customers-and-drivers/scania-driver-competitions/
 

hexagon789

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So this is apparently a thing

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I think BT Sport are getting a bit desperate for sport to show!

Events seem to include:
Stop before the cone;
Stop at the platform marker;
Something involving a large cut out pedestrian;
And hitting a inflated ball into inflated bowling pins.
Well at least it's a bit different, other channels have been repeating sports from decades past, this at least is newer!
 

bussnapperwm

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Well at least it's a bit different, other channels have been repeating sports from decades past, this at least is newer!
It's part of ESPN (a Disney brand) and their ESPN 8 (The Ocho) run of obscure sports that's happening during the current Coronavirus situation.

ESPN 8 on TV is an annual event in the states which got inspired by the film Dodgeball.

The ESPN brand in the UK is owned by BT under licence from Disney, and they show some (but not all) of the programs that ESPN in the states do (they show both ESPN and Fox versions of the XFL, yet don't show ESPNs NFL games).
 

Quakkerillo

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I've just watched a bit on YouTube, Britain's team is Manchester Metrolink and West Midlands Metro.
Well, with the lockdown, why not have a watch!

Disciplines:
  1. Precision stop: After pushing a big green button, the circuit begins with the driver boarding the heritage tram. Their first test is to accelerate and then brake within 20cm of a cone without hitting it.
  2. Estimating lateral distance: While their teammate goes ahead to place a cardboard cut-out of Brussels’ famous ‘Peeing Boy’ statue as close to the tracks on a curve as possible without hitting a passing tram, the challenger runs to the second tram for the lateral test. The closer they can pass the statue (within 20cm) without touching it, the more points they rack up.
  3. Door stop: With the clock ticking, drivers then board the final tram where – with their mirrors disabled – they have to stop the second set of doors on a designated metre-wide arrow that’s placed at the side of the tram line.
  4. Speed: Staying in their seats, the drivers first have to accelerate and reach 30km/h without the assistance of a speedometer.
  5. Estimation of braking: Shortly after challenge four, the competitor has to take their hands off TBC to see how close they can get to a marked area on the ground. TBC is a safety feature on modern trams that activates the brakes a couple of seconds after a driver lets go of the lever.
And 6. Bowling

Silimar to 5., but there's a big bouncy ball on the tracks which should hit 6 huge bowling pins a bit further on.
 

SPADTrap

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Driving a tram is nuts! It still fascinates me (simple I know!) that there are basically trains and overhead lines down streets! In Nottingham the trams travel down otherwise quiet looking streets, houses with OLE directly outside, it is so weird! Add to that the squishy stupid things that roam the streets and put those stupid squishy things in metal vehicles themselves and you have a very interesting job!
 

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