Watch: That Metro Guy Episode 2 - Simulator preview

Metro driver Craig Pearson
5 April 2022

The second episode of That Metro Guy has arrived, and this week he takes behind the scenes to chart progress of the new Metro train driving simulator, which is nearing completion at a factory in France.

A delegation from Metro Futures, Learning and Development and Train Crew teams ran the rule over the state-of-the-art full cab driving simulator on a special visit to the factory where it was built. 

Watch That Metro Guy’s latest report on the Metro simulator: That Metro Guy - Simulator Preview - YouTube

The visit to the CORYS workshop in Grenoble, in South East France, was also attended by a team from Stadler. 

The simulator was put through a rigorous Factory Acceptance Test – and the new technology, which will transform how we train Metro drivers on the new fleet, passed with flying colours.

The new Metro simulator will be delivered to Nexus Learning Centre this May, where the Learning and Development team will lead a schedule of training sessions.

The simulator uses CGI to give drivers a realistic and interactive experience. They will be able to familiarise themselves with new technical features in the cab, a new seating position, and experience different driving and weather conditions.

Craig Pearson has become an ambassador for the Metro Futures project as it enters its most significant phase, with final production underway and the first new train set to arrive at the end of this year.

Craig, 39, of Gateshead, will be video blogging at key moments on the drivers’ journey to their new trains, under the title ‘That Metro Guy’. 

He will be bringing people closer than ever before to the project, along with fellow Metro Futures Specialist Mick Fulcher, filming and producing their own videos, and uploading them to a dedicated YouTube channel – which you can view here:  That Metro Guy - YouTube

Craig, a Metro driver of nine years, will record video clips and appear prominently on social media at key stages of the project as production ramps up, and we countdown to the new rolling stock that will transform Metro for its customers and staff.


That Metro Guy - Metro simulator preview

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