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Tram driver for an evening

In Melbourne, a 15-year-old boy with an obsession with trams stole a tram from a depot and took it for a ride, picking up passengers along the way. He got all the way from Southbank depot to Kew. Somewhat reminiscent of Malcolm, except for the SWAT-team tactics the police used to take him down. Of course, things have changed a lot since 1986, and for all they know, he could have been an al-Qaeda terrorist planning to load the tram up with sarin and dirty bombs and blow it up at a football match or something.

This, of course, isn't the first time an obsessive anorak borrowed a public transport vehicle and took it for a spin; not that long ago, a man in New York was jailed for impersonating subway drivers.

There are 2 comments on "Tram driver for an evening":

Posted by: datakid http:// Mon Apr 18 22:31:55 2005

The best part is that on the ABC newswire yesterday the police were reported as saying "he's just a very enthusiastic young lad" - apparently he's not a crim, but really really loves trams, so he's gettinga way with a slap on the wrist. He had done something similar last week too....

Posted by: Michael S. Fri Apr 22 11:45:53 2005

Long article on Darius: