a businessman and computer scientist at the boy high in the course. But what happened to the children of the dream engine-driver? The SBB will have an increasingly hard time to recruit staff. The shortage is so acute that now even the rail traffic is at a standstill. Research shows that On the last Wednesday of Zurich/Aargau in the morning and evening trains of the S-Bahn headed in the Region of-lines S19 and S42. A total of 25 Compounds were affected.

SBB apologizes

According to the SBB, numerous building sites, and additional trains caused the annoying Situation. “The resulting increased demand for train drivers had been underestimated in the planning,” said SBB spokesman Reto Schärli to VIEW. You deliberately chose Wednesday, because shortly before the holidays, the number of passengers commuting to work. “Nevertheless, many travelers inconvenience, had to take in purchase”, it says on request. “The SBB apologize.”

Currently the Situation according to Schärli back in the handle. He promises: “The extra trains on the day of Pentecost are secured.” Nevertheless, he concedes: “Yes, we have the experience that younger generations are less motivated to learn the profession of engineer.” The profession has a future. It is not planned to replace drivers by computers.

Hubert Giger (50) is Chairman of the Association of Swiss locomotive engineers (VSLF). He sits in the booth for 29 years at the SBB leader, and experienced the lack of work colleagues first-hand. “Our profession needs to be attractive,” he says, and stresses: “Then there are also more Young, the want to be a train driver.” The main problem is, according to Giger, the increasing load.

engineer Giger: “Sharp service plans, many of the horrors from”

Particularly the ever-increasing working hours to the drivers. “The service plan changes more often, and in the very short term,” says Giger. “Short assignments in the middle of the night, which will only be communicated the day before, are not uncommon.” It is clear to him: “The many scare well.” Nevertheless, he advises the young to step into his footsteps. On the contrary: “It is a beautiful profession.” And he is sure: “We are not being replaced by Autonomous trains.”

Giger even speaks to the contrary: “The work has become more demanding. The trains travel faster today, and there are more signals and safety facilities.” Only because of the safety of a runaway train that is controlled by a Computer is, for him, unthinkable. His conclusion: “It is in need of a more attractive layer of plans.” But this is precisely where the Problem lies. Because more drivers need to be recruited.