This is a blog written by a new recruit to ‘One’ railways in West Anglia (now National Express East Anglia) who joined the railway in March 2005 after several years in other jobs. The experiences are typical of what can be expected at a passenger TOC and cover his experiences from interview to passing out nearly a year later, then his first few months as a qualified driver. It was written both to illustrate the training process and to provide information and encouragement to other trainees and people considering train driving as a career.
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At last, some positive news coming from the Southern Rail disputes today. Finally, a fresh deal has been agreed between South and the train driver’s union. Hope For Commuters Since the Southern rail disputes began last year, hundreds of thousands of commuters have suffered. Delays and cancellations, caused by strikes over driver-only trains, have brought … Continue reading Southern Rail Disputes 2017: Positive News!
A rare piece of positive news coming out of the rail industry in the last week, as the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) have revealed that they are introducing a new system – designed to simply the process of buying fares, and save cross-country passengers hundreds of pounds. The reducing rail fares system has come about … Continue reading Reducing Rail Fares 2017: A Positive Development!
More news on the Southern rail strikes today, as Govia have taken desperate measures to try and stop the drivers’ strike. Govia have now gone to the High Court, in a last ditch attempt to put a halt to the chaos engulfing the company. Govia have gone to court under the basis that they believe … Continue reading Govia High Court Ruling: Southern Rail Strikes
The government has announced plans for a new HS2 stage. This will allow rail services of up to 250mph, to operate on routes such as Crewe to Manchester, the West Midlands to Leeds. New HS2 Stage: Predictions Currently, the line is forecast to open in 2033. The result of this is projected to double the … Continue reading New HS2 Stage: Government Plans and Contracts
In the past 2 weeks, more than 15,000 people applied for train driver jobs, in a recruitment drive launched by Virgin. This was the biggest Virgin Trains recruitment campaign on their East Coast route since the 1980s! The campaign was an enormous success, it showed conclusively that train driving jobs are now more popular than … Continue reading Virgin Trains Recruitment Drive 2016: The Full Report
As you might be aware, there has been conflict between Southern train drivers and Southern for quite some time now. The RMT Union is in disagreement with Southern over their plans to have drivers, rather than conductors, operating carriage doors at certain times. The RMT is determined to ensure that conductors are retained, and work … Continue reading Southern Train Drivers Strike Ballot
Major developments have been made in the past 2 weeks, regarding the Scotrail strikes. Finally, after months of dispute; Scotrail seem to have reached an agreement with the RMT Union. In this blog, we’ll lay out the details of the Scotrail disruptions agreement Scotrail Disruptions: What’s been agreed? On this occasion, it appears that the … Continue reading Scotrail Disruptions: Positive Developments & New Beginnings
I recently read a report about how a spanish train driver decided to abandon his passengers, and jump ship the minute that his shift ended. The incident in question occurred on Tuesday night, at 9:15pm. The train stopped outside Osorno, a small village; with the passengers initially being told that the train had stopped for … Continue reading Spanish Train Driver Abandons Passengers:
Once you’ve passed the theoretical element of your train driver assessment, you’ll move onto the practical side of the assessment. At this stage, you get to actually drive trains. For 6 months, you will be conducting intensive practice sessions in the carriage, behind the wheel; preparing for your future job as a train driver. In … Continue reading Train Driver Assessment Criteria: Practical Skills Exam
Recently, we’ve been getting a lot of requests from readers to make a quickfire guide on how to guarantee yourself a job as a train driver. So, to satisfy popular demand; here are our 4 top tips on how you can secure your dream job! Step up your Train Driver Job Search Have you started … Continue reading How To Improve Your Train Driver Job Search Skills