Since January and before for Tonsley around half of the trains services have been shut down courtesy of the Belair, Tonsley and Noarlunga Lines. That's pretty much about half of the drivers employed by Adelaide Metro. So what happens to these drivers since only half of the amount of drivers are currently required to services trains on the network? I could never find a straight answer to this.
Are they put on paid leave?
Are they put on temporary employment elsewhere by Adelaide Metro until the lines reopen?
Are these drivers specifically going to be trained for the 4000 class rail cars or are all drivers employed by them going to be trained for Electric Trains?
With the Belair Line reopening only weeks away now more drivers would be needed once again and then the full amount of staff come September.
Also an unrelated question how different is it to operate a tram over an electric train?
From what I have heard, possibly on a long lunch, at other functions and seen around town, some of them are taking extended walks around the city, most are catching up on TV/DVD/book/magazine collections in the crib room, a few are getting told off for very minor uniform infractions, and others take very long lunches and many go home early... Sounds like my ideal job, but I am reliably informed that it's more akin to getting paid to be tortured (or maybe that was 'like being a prostitute with only really un interesting clients').
I am pretty sure DPTI will sensibly maintain that all their drivers need to be current on all their trains.
IMO driving a tram would be like driving a bus, without having to steer, or needing to pull over to pick up pax and with no worrying about taking the correct route. Tram drivers have effectively none of the safe working and signal training that a 'real life' train driver would have. I would trust a train driver to drive a tram long before I trusted a tram driver to drive a train.