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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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!
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
In order to work as a train driver, it’s essential that you are able to concentrate for extensive periods of time. Driving trains is a dangerous job. You are responsible for the lives of your passengers, and this means that concentration is one of your top priorities. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that … Continue reading Trainee Train Driver Selection Tests: Improve Your Concentration
Today the members of the RMT union enter their 2nd day of strike action. This will result in widespread disruption for commuters. As a result of the strikes, many ScotRail services have been cancelled and replaced by buses. Other services will also be running far less frequently. Why are the ScotRail strikes taking place? As … Continue reading ScotRail vs Unions: Round 2
If you’ve been following our blog, and train news in the UK, you’ll know that train guards around the United Kingdom are in open revolt against new plans to incorporate driver-only trains. Well, now ScotRail guards have joined in too. In this blog, we’ll explore the reasons for this, and when it will happen. Details … Continue reading ScotRail Strikes: Who, When and Why?
The second 24-hour strike by Southern rail conductors is now in session. Trains have been cancelled, causing widespread disruption on one of the UK’s busiest routes. Why are the Southern Rail Strikes happening? As we mentioned in a blog a few months ago, Govia (who own Southern Rail) are currently in the process of replacing … Continue reading Southern Rail Strikes 2016: Govia vs Unions