A man was caught urinating on camera by police monitoring the CCTV system at Sunderland Station.
Kevin Wood, 31, was caught in the act by an officer from British Transport Police on duty at 1.50pm on March 5, Sunderland magistrates heard.
Prosecutor Keith Laidlaw said Wood was seen trying doors on the platform “as if he was looking for something”.
“He walks down the platform and has his hands at the front of his crotch, as if he is urinating, “ Mr Laidlaw said.
Wood was spoken to by officers, who sent him on his way.
He was visited at his home in Coach Road, Washington, on March 8, and was due to appear in court accused of unacceptable behaviour on the railway.
He failed to do so and magistrates found the case proven in his absence.
Gavin Sword, defending, said: “He says he was a bit tipsy and there wasn’t a loo available.”
Wood was given a six-month conditional discharge and told to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.