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 controlsmanage and coordinate train movementsstop at stations to pick up passengers or freightinspect trains and report defects or adjustmentsshunt rolling stock in marshalling yardsprovide information to passengers using an onboard communications systemrefuel diesel trains and check oil, water and sand, and top up as necessaryobserve and obey rail signalling instructions, speed limits and other railway rules, procedures and instructions from the network control centre.
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.
- 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.