A Train Driver operates locomotives to convey passengers or cargo. They require advanced knowledge of train’s controls, signals and speed limits. They must be able to stop at stations to pick up and deliver passengers and freight.
Generally, Train Drivers operate in a 24-hour rotating shift roster. Most Train Drivers will enter the industry via a traineeship, enabling them to gain the optimal training and practice to succeed in their occupation.
A Train Driver operates a train along routed tracks according to a set timetable. Train Driver duties include:
- making equipment checks at the beginning of a shift
- controlling the speed and motion of a tram using set controls and levers
- following signals
- maintaining radio contact with the control room
- making passenger announcements
- reporting on any incidents that occurred during the shift
- responding to passenger queries
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