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Old 25th February 2011, 15:35   #1
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Dear everyone , i am doing my final project about train driver .

How many day does a train driver work in one week normally ?
Anyone know it , please let me know . And can you recommend me how many day one driver shoulb be work in one week is best ? And how many day is not good .
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Old 25th February 2011, 17:04   #2
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I'm not a driver, but 4-5 days a week is the norm where i am.
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Old 25th February 2011, 17:28   #3
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It varies between companies but a 35 hour week is usual. That can be spread over four or five days depending on the length of the turns. The week can actually be more or less than 35 hours as long as it averages out to 35 hours a week over a thirteen week period. At most TOCs Sundays are on top of the working week and are classed as overtime. Most drivers work a few of their rest days for additional income too.

The Hidden rules have to be adhered to. You must have 12 hours between turns and you can't work more than 13 consecutive days.

Some of the freight companies work a contracted hours system whereby they have to work a certain amount of hours per year and once this is complete they can either take a month or two off or continue working and earn overtime.
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Old 25th February 2011, 17:57   #4
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It varies between companies but a 35 hour week is usual. That can be spread over four or five days depending on the length of the turns. The week can actually be more or less than 35 hours as long as it averages out to 35 hours a week over a thirteen week period. At most TOCs Sundays are on top of the working week and are classed as overtime. Most drivers work a few of their rest days for additional income too.

The Hidden rules have to be adhered to. You must have 12 hours between turns and you can't work more than 13 consecutive days.

Some of the freight companies work a contracted hours system whereby they have to work a certain amount of hours per year and once this is complete they can either take a month or two off or continue working and earn overtime.
Thanks for your help . Do you know how many hours maximum does train driver work per week ?
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Thanks for your help . Do you know how many hours maximum does train driver work per week ?
Most drivers are on a 35 hour week there are a few companies that have a 37 hour week - the maximum a driver can physically work over a 7 day period is 96 hours but this hardly ever happens unless there is major disruption. The Maximum a driver will normally be rostered over a 7 day period is 60 hours
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Old 25th February 2011, 18:22   #6
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I thought the max a week is 72 hours, from hidden.

Max 12 hours
Min 12 hours rest
Max 72 hours a week
Max 13 days in a row.
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Most drivers are on a 35 hour week there are a few companies that have a 37 hour week - the maximum a driver can physically work over a 7 day period is 96 hours but this hardly ever happens unless there is major disruption. The Maximum a driver will normally be rostered over a 7 day period is 60 hours
Don't know where you get that figure of 96 hours from, but its absolute nonsense! That equates to 7 x 13+ hour shifts.

The maximum turn length that can be rostered is limited to 12 hours by Hidden, but there is not any safety critical work (ie driving) after the 11th hour. In fact, agreements with ASLEF limit shifts to less.
6 days in a calender week is the usual maximum for a roster as this provides a rest day to break up the consecutive days for Hidden. Most companies will roster 5-6 days a week with a long weekend or a week of rest days to balance out the rest day count/average hours.
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"Hidden" are no longer rules but guidelines and have been so for the last few years.

While you will never get rostered over 12 hours in a single shift you can work over this period if needed/authorised and you have agreed to it.

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but there is not any safety critical work (ie driving) after the 11th hour
This is simply not the case.
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"Hidden" are no longer rules but guidelines and have been so for the last few years.

While you will never get rostered over 12 hours in a single shift you can work over this period if needed/authorised and you have agreed to it.



This is simply not the case.
Which company do you work for and it what role?



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Why do you wan't to know?
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Old 27th February 2011, 11:09   #11
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Don't know where you get that figure of 96 hours from, but its absolute nonsense! That equates to 7 x 13+ hour shifts.

The maximum turn length that can be rostered is limited to 12 hours by Hidden, but there is not any safety critical work (ie driving) after the 11th hour. In fact, agreements with ASLEF limit shifts to less.
6 days in a calender week is the usual maximum for a roster as this provides a rest day to break up the consecutive days for Hidden. Most companies will roster 5-6 days a week with a long weekend or a week of rest days to balance out the rest day count/average hours.
Sorry guys my mistake - my maths is rubbish I was working out on an 8 day basis from my roster as this is the longest number of continuous days I worked - of course over 7 days is is 84 hours and to be honest things must be pretty bad if in 7 days you do this ammount of hours.

Some companies have a maximum rosterd day be it 9, 10 or 11 hours for shifts so if you have say 7 days with 11 hour shifts this could ass up to 77 hours but once again I have never seen this happen on a roster, there is also an index called the fatigue index that will come into force to preven shifts that will be over the guidline of this index.
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Old 27th February 2011, 12:59   #12
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Hi, I'm an engineering student doing a second year design project.

The project is to use track-side wind turbines to capture the wind energy created by trains to make electricity. Although the idea isn't very feasible, we still have to carry on with it. (Note, we are not constructing anything!) The most suitable place to put the turbine would be next to the track at a point approaching the station where the train begins to apply the brakes. (The turbine would create a small amount of drag on the train, slowing the train, so it would be most useful when the train is already braking.)

I was wondering if and train drivers knew the approximate distance they begin to brake before coming into a station? I know it depends on speed, the maximum being 125mph, but I guess you don't go from 125mph and apply the emergency brakes to come into a station!

Any info would be appreciated! Cheers
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Unfortunately there isnt really any hard and fast rule as every station is different and the brakes on each train can perform differently depending on load, speed and other things. The track conditions can also play a big part. So even braking for the same station two days running could have a different braking pattern applied. PM me for any additional info if required
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Just a little point here; unless things have changed in the last month or so PMs are disabled until the user and receiver both have 5 posts.

Sorry I can't help you Chloe...
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