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Train Conductor Job Description

A train conductor is a railway train crew member who manages a train and its passengers. Train conductors perform tasks such as collecting fares or checking tickets, making announcements and attending to passengers’ needs. Train conductors are also known as railroad conductors, train attendants, train managers or train guards.

A train conductor should be positive, tactful, friendly, smiley, polite and helpful, and have the ability to stay calm and manage difficult situations in a calm and reassuring manner. They should good at communicating to get a message across as intended.

What does a Train Conductor do?

Train conductors may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Train conductors may work shifts including early mornings, late nights, weekends and public holidays. They may work in cramped spaces and in conditions that are noisy and fumy. They may be required to climb ladders and work on top of locomotives and other equipment. They may also travel and be away from home for days or weeks at a time.

What is Required to Become a Train Conductor?

To be employed as a train conductor, employers will require you to have at least completed your secondary school education and pass a medical test. Employers provide on the job training for new recruits.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Train conductors need to have:


Alternative Careers

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