A Southern Rail train driver has been lauded as "heroic" after keeping frustrated commuters entertained with his "Guess The Year" quizzes on busy morning trains to London Victoria.
The driver, known only as Steve, asks questions over the PA and encourages passengers to answer using the hashtag #timetunneltrain.
According to one participant, he even sings and offers interesting facts about the trains during his announcements.
— Peter Hannaford (@hannafop) December 15, 2015
"[There was] lots of smiling going on which of course on commuter trains isn't the norm," commuter Peter Hannaford told Mashable.
Another happy commuter even tweeted Southern to ask for a copy of his shift timetable so she could adjust her commute to coincide with the morning quiz.
Our train is late so our train driver is setting us quiz questions and singing to us. Must admit it's cheered me right up #timetunneltrain— Shonagh Manson (@shonaghm) November 16, 2015
#timetunneltrain yay. Good way to start what would otherwise be a crappy Monday journey.— Noel Thethy (@noelt) November 30, 2015
Hats off to the driver of the 8:06 from Streatham today for his excellent #timetunneltrain in-train entertainment, get this man a raise!— Will Dixon (@WillDixonMusic) January 26, 2016
A spokesperson for Southern Rail said: "We are delighted that our driver has been keeping his passengers entertained. We encourage all our conductors and drivers to make announcements and keep passengers informed during their journeys when it is safe to do so."