A career as a signaller

leomc1627

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Has anyone worked at kings lynn who could give me some info on the box local area for an interview or know were i can find some a box visit isnt a possibility
 
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SiggerSigAhh

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There was message put out last week from the Chief Exec about it.

One would hope that there may be some sort of remuneration for the current performance figures, but as it isn't money earned then it isn't missed.
Hmm yeah. Its hard to word it without sounding greedy but on the one hand I totally appreciate that until a clearer picture of the finances is available then it's reasonable to hold back, whereas on the other hand the vast majority of us have still been coming to work everyday while Rome burns, and basically just cracking on with keeping things moving.

As you say, it wasn't earned so won't be (totally) missed, but I should like to think the subject will be broached again when things calm down a bit.
 

jmoz

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No, your app is in the system at test complete so you’ll be selected to go forward if you scored high enough.

Crossing keepers train at their location, no requirement for signalling school.

TVSC crossing keepers are assigned to link 3 (Grade 7) but are grade 2 as they oversee four crossings.

0700-1900-0700 12hr turns.
Many thanks! Yes, I have reached the bench mark scores so will wait to hear.

Why the second advert though, any idea?
 

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Hi everyone, how far is an acceptable commute? I am considering applying for the Paignton box, according to maps, it’s a 53 minute drive, I’ve seen on here that 45 minutes is about the max!
 

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Kevyboy

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I have an interview coming up for a Signaller position. I have worked in S&T for 18 years. Am I right in thinking if I am successful at interview then ultimately fail at signalling school then I would be basically out of a job.
Has anyone heard of someone from a similar background making the transition?
 
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I have an interview coming up for a Signaller position. I have worked in S&T for 18 years. Am I right in thinking if I am successful at interview then ultimately fail at signalling school then I would be basically out of a job.
Has anyone heard of someone from a similar background making the transition?
It depends on the situation but usually no, if you’ve been in the company more than a certain time (about 6 months I believe). Plus it’s important to note that signalling school will give you as much help as is reasonably possible to pass. If you’ve got the potential, they’ll bring it out.
Fairly unusual in my neck of the woods but certainly not unheard of, and quite common elsewhere
All the best!
 

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Many thanks! Yes, I have reached the bench mark scores so will wait to hear.

Why the second advert though, any idea?
Not enough applicants perhaps, remember Didcot is the centre of some pretty high tech and high paid jobs.
Grade 2 crossing keeper jobs aren’t particularly sort after by those with the skills in the area.
 

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It depends on the situation but usually no, if you’ve been in the company more than a certain time (about 6 months I believe). Plus it’s important to note that signalling school will give you as much help as is reasonably possible to pass. If you’ve got the potential, they’ll bring it out.
Fairly unusual in my neck of the woods but certainly not unheard of, and quite common elsewhere
All the best!
Thanks, Just worried about leaving a steady post. Nerves about changing after all this time I guess but it’s a job that I really want to pursue.
 
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Tom Quinne

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I have an interview coming up for a Signaller position. I have worked in S&T for 18 years. Am I right in thinking if I am successful at interview then ultimately fail at signalling school then I would be basically out of a job.
Has anyone heard of someone from a similar background making the transition?
Being from an S&T background you should have no problem with school, as long as you go in a fresh sheet of paper. Not a know it all, I know better type take on it all. Worse comes to worse you’ll get at least two shots at school, put the work in and you’ll be fine!
 
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Thanks, Just worries about leaving a steady post. Nerves about changing after all this time I guess but it’s a job that I really want to pursue.
For sure. It is a big step but if you’ve got the attitude and the desire (as Tom Quinne says being open minded and receptive is the way to go) it should be fairly straightforward. Keep looking forward eh.
 

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Hi everyone, how far is an acceptable commute? I am considering applying for the Paignton box, according to maps, it’s a 53 minute drive, I’ve seen on here that 45 minutes is about the max!
53 minutes with clear traffic, what is the time on a high summer day ?
i don’t think theres a maximum distance or time at the moment, remember its commute plus a 12hr turn - take it from one whos done the 12hr turn + 140 minute commute it’s a killer !
 

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53 minutes with clear traffic, what is the time on a high summer day ?
i don’t think theres a maximum distance or time at the moment, remember its commute plus a 12hr turn - take it from one whos done the 12hr turn + 140 minute commute it’s a killer !
Would the starting and finishing times on 12 hour turns mean you miss the worst of the 9-5 and tourist traffic?
 

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Would the starting and finishing times on 12 hour turns mean you miss the worst of the 9-5 and tourist traffic?
Mot knowing that part of the world I don’t know, but I do know I nearly always hit some kind of traffic going home from TVSC, the A34? from Oxford down to the M4 was horrfic for accidents.
 

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Being from an S&T background you should have no problem with school, as long as you go in a fresh sheet of paper. Not a know it all, I know better type take on it all. Worse comes to worse you’ll get at least two shots at school, put the work in and you’ll be fine!
Thanks for your reply. Would definitely not go in with that attitude seen too many people like that in the past.
 

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For sure. It is a big step but if you’ve got the attitude and the desire (as Tom Quinne says being open minded and receptive is the way to go) it should be fairly straightforward. Keep looking forward eh.
Thanks for your reply. Definitely going to go for it and approach it with an open mind.
 

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Out of curiosity, how does one find out who the LOM is at each box? Also, what do the numbers mean in each application? (Eg. OD Woking signallers (103354)G1)
 

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Would the starting and finishing times on 12 hour turns mean you miss the worst of the 9-5 and tourist traffic?
Having spent quite a bit of timein the Torbay area the tourist traffic is a killer point - in summer you can be practically stationary for what feels like decades on almost any route in or out of the area. I'd be more than happy to commute 50ish minutes to work each way- but what if it ended up being 90 minutes?
 

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So chuffed! I've just been offered the relief signaller job at Oakham, following my interview two weeks ago :D

It was one of my first applications and my first interview so I am over the moon to be successful :D
I need to say a big thanks to all the contributors to this forum. The information here has been invaluable and I doubt I would have been successful without it!
Many congratulations! Do you know which boxes you'll be covering? I started my signalling career at the box next door and finished as a relief covering them all, so I was quietly keen to see the job go to a worthy recipient :D
 

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If it’s 07:00 19:00 you would be arriving at 06:30 or 18:30? Suppose the 18:30 might see you caught up in rush hour / tourist traffic when you set off depending how far your commute is and the 06:30 miss it.

Being in the North West and starting at 6am has dulled my horrific memories of South East traffic jams at 6:30am.
 

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Out of curiosity, how does one find out who the LOM is at each box? Also, what do the numbers mean in each application? (Eg. OD Woking signallers (103354)G1)
If you are an external candidate you will not be able to find out, all communication is supposed to be via HR until after the interview. The numbers are the LOM's cost centre.
 

Donachie

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Just spotted Kirkconnel SB (GSW) being advertised... It's within 90 minutes of where I currently live, as opposed to the other applications I've submitted where I'd have to move house. Not that I'd mind moving house at all (the joys of being young and single), but not moving is of course easier!

Question for you ladies and gentlemen then - does anyone know the type of roster operated at Kirkconnel?
Fairly sure Kirkconnel is 12 hours shifts 07:00 to 19:00 to 07:00 except Saturday , closes 16:00 , Sunday Closed. Opens 00:00 Monday
 

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Many congratulations! Do you know which boxes you'll be covering? I started my signalling career at the box next door and finished as a relief covering them all, so I was quietly keen to see the job go to a worthy recipient :D
Thank you
I’ve been told the boxes between Frisby and Uffington. I’m not totally sure how many boxes that is?
Any tips for me you’d like to share?
I’m very keen to get started now!
Are you retiring or just off to pastures new?
 

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My start date has changed from September to the end of June, very happy with the call I received Friday telling me this!
Is anybody on here due to start training on the 6th July at Walsall?
 

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