Train Driver


Train drivers drive trains along a rail network in order to transport passengers or freight.

Duties & Tasks

Train drivers may perform the following tasks:

  • operate the train's controls
  • manage and coordinate train movements
  • stop at stations to pick up passengers or freight
  • inspect trains and report defects or adjustments
  • shunt rolling stock in marshalling yards
  • provide information to passengers using an onboard communications system
  • refuel diesel trains and check oil, water and sand, and top up as necessary
  • observe and obey rail signalling instructions, speed limits and other railway rules, procedures and instructions from the network control centre.

Working Conditions

All train drivers work shifts, which may include weekends and public holidays. Train crew on long-distance journeys may be required to stay away overnight.

Personal Requirements

  • ability to work within a team environment
  • good communication skills
  • able to solve mechanical and technical problems
  • good problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • good memory for learning safety procedures and regulations.

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