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Train Driver Job Description

A train driver is a person who drives a train on a railroad and transports passengers and/or freight from one train station to another. A train driver works alongside a train conductor, who manages the train and signals them when to move or stop the train. Train drivers are also known as train operators, loco pilots, locomotive drivers, locomotive engineers, railroad engineers, or foot plate men.

A train driver should be patient, clear-headed, quick-witted, safety-conscious, and reliable, and have the ability to maintain good concentration over long periods. They should have good understanding of train handling techniques and procedures for operating communication equipment.

What does a Train Driver do?

Train drivers may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Train drivers usually work shifts that include early mornings, late nights, weekends and public holidays. They spend much of their time alone in the train driver’s cab and may work in conditions that are noisy. Some train drivers travel long distances and may be away from home for days or weeks at a time.

What is Required to Become a Train Driver?

To become a train driver, you will need to pass medical, concentration, personality and intelligence tests, and successfully complete a train driver training program.

Getting a job in this field may be difficult as there are far more people wanting to enter the field than there are jobs available. You may start out by following this route: Brakeman→ train conductor → train driver.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Train drivers need to have:


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