Train and Network Controller

Summary

Train and network controllers move trains across their area of control using computerised and mechanical control systems, and liaise with other employees across the network to ensure trains run to schedule and safety standards are maintained.

Duties & Tasks

Train and network controllers may perform the following tasks:

  • operate mechanical or computerised signal equipment to control the running of trains
  • liaise with all areas of the rail system to ensure smooth running of trains
  • use computerised control systems to coordinate the safe crossing of trains and ensure they are on the right path
  • control when the trains stop and start, ensuring they arrive at their destinations on time
  • initiate and manage emergency procedures in the event of an incident, and coordinate the train network so that each train within the area remains safe.

Specialisations

Railway Signaller

A railway signaller operates signal equipment to control the running of trains, records the details of trains that pass and notifies the control centre in cases of a delay or accident. Advances in signalling technology have enabled the centralisation of this function in some organisations, with both signalling and train control being managed by train and network controllers.

Working Conditions

Train and network controllers are required to work shifts, including weekends and public holidays.

Personal Requirements

  • high-level communication skills
  • good problem-solving skills
  • able to act appropriately in emergency situations
  • able to work in a team environment
  • good memory for learning safety procedures and regulations
  • able to concentrate for long periods on detailed information
  • alert and safety-conscious.

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