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Train Dispatcher Job Description

A train dispatcher is a person who controls, monitors and oversees the movement of trains within an assigned territory to ensure traffic safety on railways. Train dispatchers operate and monitor railway signaling systems and use radios to communicate with trains and workers maintaining railroads so as to coordinate the movement of trains and other activities on railway tracks and prevent collisions or accidents. Train dispatchers are also known as train controllers or rail traffic controllers.

A train dispatcher should be well organized, safety-conscious, conscientious, confident and calm, and have the ability to think quickly, make good decisions, and communicate effectively. They should be able to manage stress, maintain good concentration for long periods and cope with several tasks at once.

What does a Train Dispatcher do?

Train dispatchers may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Train dispatchers may work shifts that include early mornings, late nights, weekends and public holidays. They work in network control offices, using computerized network control systems to control and coordinate the running of trains. Their work may be stressful due to the high level of concentration needed to be maintained for long periods.

What is Required to Become a Train Dispatcher?

To become a train dispatcher, a degree in logistics, transportation or engineering is helpful. Train dispatchers receive on the job training.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Train dispatchers need to have:


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