|So, you want to become a Train Driver?
Check out our online resource for all you need to know to make the
Everything from applying to Train Operating Companies and Interviews. Find out about the
Train Driver Assessment.. They'll give you a good idea of what to expect when you go for the
Get the lowdown on the Medical Standards required, Drug and Alcohol Tests and click on our
excellent links for more information.
Full Information on what to expect when you begin Training.... plus online access to the
current Rule Book and links to help you get started with Traction Training
|EVERY SCHOOLBOYS DREAM?
Back in the days of Steam, Train Drivers were like
Gods. Before aeroplanes and motor vehicles,
these were the fastest things on the planet.
These guys had almost mythical status that
equalled that of an Astronaut today so every young
boy wanted to be a Train Driver!
Unfortunately It's not quite like that now!
|Age: Normally about 21 - 45
|Health: Good eyesight (with or without glasses),
normal colour vision, not suffering from fits,
blackouts or epilepsy.
Check out 'The Medical' link for more detail.
|Personal Qualities: Can concentrate for long
periods of time, calm in an emergency, customer
focused. Don't mind working alone for long periods
yet, still a 'Team Player'. Ability to follow Rules and
Check out our listings
of the top paying
TOCS and a direct
link to BRASS and
|The truth about the job and some stuff to think about!
A good starting point is to get some paper and write down why you really
want to do this job, this will help you for when you come to preparing that all
Here are some points you should consider.
Not all Train Drivers are
militants, who can't wait
to go on strike at the
drop of a hat!!!!
Whether you agree or
disagree with Unions,
most Train Drivers are
members of one.
Drivers are members of
ASLEF, a few are in the
Ultimately, the choice is
CLICK ON THE LOGO TO TAKE
YOU TO THE ASLEF WEBSITE!
Friends, Family and Social Life:
You're 'gonna be doing a lot of irregular shift work
(including nights, weekends and Bank Holiday's and
you're not going to see your friends or family much.
The myth of the 'Railway Widow' is not far from the
truth and, if you've got kid's, expect them to scream
"Mummy, Mummy...who's that strange man in our
house!" It's hard to plan a social life and you can
forget nights out 'on the beer' during the working
If you've been used to working 9-5 be prepared for a
culture shock! Shiftwork can play havoc with your
Check out 'The Roster Clerk' link for more info.
It can be hard getting to sleep during the day after a
Freight v. Passenger: Decide what type of work you want to do. Both have
plus and minus sides.
Passenger: Great if you want nice clean work, smart uniform, fairly modern
trains! If you want to know what shifts you're going to be doing weeks ahead
and what time you're going to finish work, plus, they tend not to do a huge
amount of night-work, then Passengers a good choice but, it can be very
high-pressure on busy suburban routes and you are being timed to the
minute! Plus you've got to remember to stop at stations! Oh and if you don't
like the 'General Public' steer well clear!
Freight: On Freight you'll get a lot more 'hands on operational' experience
and you will get dirty and greasy! Trains often run late at night when the
passenger services have stopped so you'll do a lot of nights and weekends.
You will get to drive some beasts of a train, get to go to Oil Refinerys, Power
Stations and Quarries, but you'll often finish late and spend hours on your
own sitting in loops twiddling your thumbs! So bring a good book!
It's what we're all here for at the end of
the day and although once a qualified
driver the pay is pretty good (albeit for
some regional variations), whilst you
are Training, expect a salary of
between 14-16K for the first year. Hope
you've got a friendly Bank Manager!
If the above hasn't put you off, what can you expect? The money's not bad and
there's a good pension scheme to be had. A lot of Train Operating
Companies give you free Rail Travel on their own services and about a 75%
reduction on all others after a qualifying period. Into the bargain you get to be
doing a job you really want to do with good long-term career prospects.
There's great camaraderie on the railways, a wealth of experience and you'll
also get to meet some interesting people and characters out there too!
PLUS........ YOU GET TO DRIVE TRAINS!
|Where to next?.....
Click on the buttons for everything you need to know about finding a
job, Train Drivers Assessments, Medicals and Training.