So, you’re thinking about trying to become a train driver, wondering what it involves and how to go about getting started in the profession?
If you got here by typing a query into a search engine, then I can tell you that you have arrived at the only significant resource on the internet concerning how you can discover more about this lucrative and rewarding career.
What do I know about it? Well, I’ve been on the footplate for over thirty-five years now, driving for thirty of them and occasionally instructing new drivers from their very first time ‘in the chair’, as well as training and assessing experienced drivers. All the following is written from the perspective of that experience.
Train driving does not require any high academic achievement or qualifications. Still, you do need to be self-disciplined, comfortable working alone for long periods, able to handle responsibility and be trusted to apply safety-critical procedures without being supervised. If you’re one of life’s worriers the job will kill you, so forget it! Beyond that, any sensible and reliable person should be able to become a Train Driver. As with any job, what you get out of train driving depends very much on how you approach it and what you want to make of it. It can be very rewarding and is far better than most occupations; however, if you want to be bored and disaffected, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for that too! Train driving is also financially rewarding, with some salaries topping £65,000 at the time of writing. However, one thing you shouldn’t do is go for the job for the money. I’ve seen people do that with the result that they are trapped in a job they dislike but which is so well paid that they can’t afford to move on.
This means that it is almost impossible to get into this job with
a casual approach. You need to prepare comprehensively for the selection process.