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What is the role of a train driver?

I hope to be applying for a train driver job. If there are any train drivers out there, could you let me know your role so i have an understanding of the job? I don't just want answers like "I drive trains" A little more detail please. Thanks

Asked By: tyler156 - 9/18/2007
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Train Drivers have to have a full understanding and knowledge of Network Rail's "Rule's" regarding driving trains (this is all about signals and what to do when things go tit's up, it's like the highway code but about 6 inches thick... More
Answered By: Thunderstruck - 9/18/2007
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The same as the driver of any vehicle, get to your destination safely.
Answered By: pathfinder - 9/18/2007
 
what they do is, sit there, push the handle forward & backwards !
Answered By: Its only me, again ! - 9/18/2007
 
To drive the train and get passengers to their destination safely I suppose.
Answered By: Despondent - 9/18/2007
 
Have some aspiration. Being the Fat Controller pays more.
Answered By: Bob J - 9/18/2007
 
To stop the injuns getting onboard
Answered By: bloodshotbiz - 9/18/2007
 
In the UK a train driver must belong to a union ASLEF. He must work with accordance with a guard and he and the guard have a big responsibility for all the passengers. He must leave and reach his destination in due time. The train driver must not allow any unauthorised personnel in his driving compartment....not... More
Answered By: HAROLD W - 9/18/2007
 
first you have to get hired and pass physical.then you go to classes to learn about rules as well as how to get on and off cars and engines.you don't start off as an engineer but as a switchman in a yard.then you will train to be a conductor.you will have to learn thousands of rules and pass tests.you will be on call... More
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Answered By: Mike E - 9/18/2007
 
buy Microsoft Train Simulator and play with that for a while, it will give you an idea of just how complex the train drivers job actually is......and why the job is so sought after! Good luck to you and hope you get the job
Answered By: annabel m - 9/18/2007
 
Basically, you've got to get 600 tons of metal uphill and downhill, round curves, over junctions (without de-railing), observe speed limits (which are VERY strict), without overheating the brakes, without overheating the axle-boxes, without jostling the passengers, without damaging the freight, and without straining... More
Answered By: rowdy - 9/18/2007
 
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