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    Qualified Drivers Southeastern - All Depots

    Looks like ASLEF Company Info needs updating. I wonder why it's usually behind, are they worried that the s*n is going to have a slow news day and do another article about driver salaries? I know of one fellow who had pretty much one of everything and was fairly new, he got an interview with...
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    Qualified Drivers Southeastern - All Depots

    You really don't like that place do you? I can't blame you though, the surrounding area is pretty dire! GWR seems fairly popular at the moment, there's quite a few people who've been trading SE London for Devon, or so I hear. One of two TOCs are going to have a serious driver shortage when...
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    Trainee Driver

    The thing is, in order to provide capacity if social distancing is required, I can see there needing to be at least a full service. I wouldn't be surprised if people who were historically 9-5 end up with staggered start/finish times across the day to try and minimise overcrowding during the...
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    Most popular TOC/Depots for driving trains ?

    Tricky to say since I don't work in recruitment, nonetheless I reckon that could be seen as the case. If a driver has been at a depot or type of work (e.g. suburban) which has a high incident rate and has themselves kept a clean licence then it might be viewed more favourably, especially if they...
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    Buying house near tracks / Kent House station

    It'll probably be better than a road junction most of the time, I used to live near a fairly big road junction in the capital and I nicknamed it "Cairo Junction" due to the number of times road drivers would sound their horn. I suspect much of it stemmed from either people being in the wrong...
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    Most popular TOC/Depots for driving trains ?

    I'd personally say the best is probably an intercity TOC with a depot outside of the South East. Good salary, work which doesn't involve DOO or 100 stops per day and reasonably low living costs. Since there is an effective 50% tax rate above £50k-ish, unless you're paying a lot into BRASS, I'd...
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    Most popular TOC/Depots for driving trains ?

    I think one appeal of intercity work is that metro work has quite a high rate of operational incidents I believe compared with other types of work. It's quite easy for metro drivers to become trapped by their records, so if someone has a clean licence, it can seem attractive to put in for...
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    Most popular TOC/Depots for driving trains ?

    I wonder if the intercity companies will subsequently get rid of the staggered wage increases. One of the big factors in driving up wages has been competition between TOCs, Cross Country recently upped their initial qualified wages because they weren't presumably getting enough interest to cover...
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    Trainee driver vacancies?

    It took me a smidge under two years from first application to starting as a trainee, most of the people on here who get through the aptitude tests seem to get there in the end. I don't think there will be much recruitment until the current virus situation is over. Most DIs I know of aren't...
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    The future of train driving

    The voters decided in 1945 that whilst Churchill the right person for the job in wartime, Citizen Clem was a better choice for the post-war era. They hadn't forgotten the 1930's and punished the Tories as a whole for their policy of appeasement before the war. Maybe the voters will see...
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    Commute to your depot?

    It should be doable, my commute is a similar distance, there are a few things that I'd recommend doing though. Firstly, have two or three different routes that can get you to/from work and know them well. Check the traffic before you leave the house, if one of the routes is heavily delayed, you...
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    TOO YOUNG to be a Driver?

    When I mentioned I was a train driver to my AME for my Class 2, he asked me if I knew a fairly well-known fellow at my place who I think has swapped planes for fast cars. As commercial flying has changed, lots of people go for the trains when they find out. There's at least two former...
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    TOO YOUNG to be a Driver?

    Didn't realise you were already flying, for some reason I didn't see your post last night. On the gliding front I'd suggest maybe going for the Silver C and subsequently your Basic Instructor rating. I didn't instruct myself before getting onto the trains but it would give some really good...
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    TOO YOUNG to be a Driver?

    My advice to the OP would be to get themselves down to the local gliding club and get a trial lesson. Once you become a member, you get involved in various tasks such as launching, retrieving, log-keeping etc. in addition to the flying that will be very beneficial for the railway application...
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    TOO YOUNG to be a Driver?

    The train driving can be a good way of financing the training for the flying. That said, the PPL holders I know who are drivers generally seem to enjoy the job, in most cases to the extent that they've decided that they wanted to stay on the trains for their entire career. However, let's say...
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    TOO YOUNG to be a Driver?

    I was offered a train driving job at my early-mid twenties, qualified fairly young, as have many others. It helped that putting flying down on my CV helped, so if you haven't done gliding, or a PPL, consider starting. Gliding is of course, very cheap, and if you can solo and qualify, it will...
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    Birmingham New Street XC - why so many vacancies?

    I think we're both at the same TOC Jim. Mass exodus at the moment, especially at certain depots. Now you've mentioned the Bosman ruling, it's triggered my memory and I recall hearing about it during a PNB.
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    Birmingham New Street XC - why so many vacancies?

    Any idea how long this trend will continue for? I'm signed up to my current TOC for three years (of which I've completed about two). In theory I could leave earlier but there are other industries where people did that and the training is no longer paid for by the employer, this has hurt...
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    Birmingham New Street XC - why so many vacancies?

    I always thought that in/near Birmingham, Chiltern was one of the best places to be. Historically, turnover was very low there, though they seem to be advertising a fair bit too. XC did used to be very rare when it came to qualified jobs, it does seem like there's a lot of driver recruitment...
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    Most Depressing Stretch of Line on the Network

    You missed the clothes shop mannequin tied to a tree with the blue bag over it's head, though I think that may have been removed now. A very strange farm indeed that particular place... Pretty much the entire North Kent line is dire, the only station in what I would consider to be a "nice"...

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