Trainee Driver’s Blog

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.

Many thanks to the author for allowing me to display this blog.

UPDATE: As of 2016, this blog now also includes the latest industry news and free advice for those wanting to get into the rail industry.The last entry from the trainee train driver training series can be found here: http://www.traindriver.org/springwatch/ We have 100s of insightful posts!

Scottish Train Driver Jobs 2017 – Gender Imbalance!

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Interesting news coming from Scotland today, as campaigners have begun a sustained effort to introduce ‘women-only’ shortlists for Scottish train driver recruitment. The campaign follows the shocking reveal from Aslef that only 4% of train drivers in Scotland are female. As it stands, there are 1566 train driving posts in Scotland. Of this number, only … Continue reading Scottish Train Driver Jobs 2017 – Gender Imbalance!


East Grinstead Line: Govia Announce Major Improvements

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Great news coming from the UK today, as it has emerged that rail passengers who are travelling on the East Grinstead line will finally be able to take trains directly to London. The move comes as part of a wider effort to make the East Grinstead line a major part of the Thameslink route. Major … Continue reading East Grinstead Line: Govia Announce Major Improvements


Indian Railways 2017: Train Drivers Practice Yoga!

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Train companies in India are now utilising yoga as a way of making their staff more efficient, relaxed and productive. Specifically, Indian Railways. The Mumbai suburban railway is one of the busiest in the entire world, transporting over 7 million passengers every single day. Naturally, this puts the drivers – known as ‘motormen’ under huge … Continue reading Indian Railways 2017: Train Drivers Practice Yoga!


Southern Rail Overtime Disputes: Latest News

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the railways… Bad news today, as there are yet more disputes between Southern Rail and their drivers. The recent dispute has come about over disagreements about drivers working overtime, from the 4th of June onwards. If you’ve been following the news, you’ll know that … Continue reading Southern Rail Overtime Disputes: Latest News


Southern Rail Disputes 2017: Positive News!

Monday, March 20th, 2017

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!


Reducing Rail Fares 2017: A Positive Development!

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

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!


Govia High Court Ruling: Southern Rail Strikes

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

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


New HS2 Stage: Government Plans and Contracts

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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


Virgin Trains Recruitment Drive 2016: The Full Report

Monday, November 7th, 2016

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


Southern Train Drivers Strike Ballot

Friday, October 28th, 2016

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