A career as a signaller

Airman22

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Learn the NATO phonetic alphabet if you haven’t already.

Thanks godfreycomplex.

If you can learn the classes in the bell codes that would be useful. Don’t worry too much about the rest as you learn them as you go along

Thank you MrsP2010.
Would these websites be a good source?
Wow, will you be expected to know all of these by the end of the course? I hope my memory serves me well!
 
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Thanks godfreycomplex.



Thank you MrsP2010.
Would these websites be a good source?
Wow, will you be expected to know all of these by the end of the course? I hope my memory serves me well!
This is what I used pages 10-12 https://www.jonroma.net/media/rail/opdocs/world/uk/GERT8000-TS1 Iss 13.pdf. Be prepared for a lot of learning and remembering at IST!!
 

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Hello,

Longtime lurker, have read this forum religiously throughout my recruitment process and can finally say that, I have been successful in securing a role as a Signaller!
Very excited and thankful for the useful information so far.

I am now wondering, what next?
I know I will be meeting my LOM soon and visiting the signal box, what to expect from that meeting and can I prepare myself for it in anyway?

Also, signalling school will follow after that, is there anything I can do beforehand to prepare? Any purchases I can make to help with revision? Anything I can learn?

Thanks again, looking forward to your answers :E

Well Done Airman 22 - can i ask how you were told? email or phone call? i am currently awaiting a response regarding my final interview. what other information were you given if you dont mind me asking. Thanks in advance
 

Airman22

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Well Done Airman 22 - can i ask how you were told? email or phone call? i am currently awaiting a response regarding my final interview. what other information were you given if you dont mind me asking. Thanks in advance

Thank you vinchase. I was told by phone call the day after my interview.
Don't take my experience as gospel though, as I have seen numerous posts on here where they have found out weeks later.

I'm unsure what you mean by the last part of your question? I wasn't really given much apart from what to expect next etc. Is that what you mean?
 

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Wow, will you be expected to know all of these by the end of the course? I hope my memory serves me well!
No, not all of those. Some on that list are obsolete these days or rarely used. The list shown in the module posted by MrsP2010 is the current list used. On the whole you'll will need to know where to find the information, for the codes used less often, whilst the frequently used codes will become second nature when working a box. That is, if you are going to be at a location that uses block bells to signal/describe trains.
 

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No, not all of those. Some on that list are obsolete these days or rarely used. The list shown in the module posted by MrsP2010 is the current list used. On the whole you'll will need to know where to find the information, for the codes used less often, whilst the frequently used codes will become second nature when working a box. That is, if you are going to be at a location that uses block bells to signal/describe trains.

Thanks HighDyke, put my anxiety to rest a little bit!

I know the signalling school is designed for someone with no knowledge of the railway, but I can't seem to fathom how all of this is done in 12 weeks! I'm sure when I'm there everything will become more clear.
How does the sim work? Can you stay behind and practise or is it something you need to schedule and discuss with your trainers during your time there?

Thanks again, I'm so grateful to have discovered such a helpful community.
 

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Thank you vinchase. I was told by phone call the day after my interview.
Don't take my experience as gospel though, as I have seen numerous posts on here where they have found out weeks later.

I'm unsure what you mean by the last part of your question? I wasn't really given much apart from what to expect next etc. Is that what you mean?

really! the next day! thats incredible! very lucky, ive been waiting nearly a month! i mean, were you told where you will be located and where Signaller school will be? start date?
thanks
 

Pancakes84

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Thank you vinchase. I was told by phone call the day after my interview.
Don't take my experience as gospel though, as I have seen numerous posts on here where they have found out weeks later.

I'm unsure what you mean by the last part of your question? I wasn't really given much apart from what to expect next etc. Is that what you mean?

Amazing!!! Well done you.
Can I ask was this a future opportunities vacancy?
 

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Thanks HighDyke, put my anxiety to rest a little bit!

I know the signalling school is designed for someone with no knowledge of the railway, but I can't seem to fathom how all of this is done in 12 weeks! I'm sure when I'm there everything will become more clear.
How does the sim work? Can you stay behind and practise or is it something you need to schedule and discuss with your trainers during your time there?

Thanks again, I'm so grateful to have discovered such a helpful community.
No problem.

Looking back at a few posts from those currently on the course, or recently finished; then yes, you do have the chance to stay and practise. Equally you should have time to discuss things with the trainers.
 

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really! the next day! thats incredible! very lucky, ive been waiting nearly a month! i mean, were you told where you will be located and where Signaller school will be? start date?
thanks

I know, I feel very fortunate to have found out so quickly! I'm sure you will find out soon enough vinchase, my fingers are crossed for you.
Yes, we discussed all of this, but nothing set in stone just yet.

Amazing!!! Well done you.
Can I ask was this a future opportunities vacancy?

Thank you Pancakes84. No, it was not a future ops vacancy. I hope you hear some good news soon.

No problem.

Looking back at a few posts from those currently on the course, or recently finished; then yes, you do have the chance to stay and practise. Equally you should have time to discuss things with the trainers.

Perfect, thanks again! I've been reading from the beginning, think I'll start using the search function to find members who are currently on the course or just finished.
 

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I know, I feel very fortunate to have found out so quickly! I'm sure you will find out soon enough vinchase, my fingers are crossed for you.
Yes, we discussed all of this, but nothing set in stone just yet.



Thank you Pancakes84. No, it was not a future ops vacancy. I hope you hear some good news soon.



Perfect, thanks again! I've been reading from the beginning, think I'll start using the search function to find members who are currently on the course or just finished.
Hi Airman, I am currently at IST and there is plenty of time for sim sessions. You don't have to book them in.. What our group did was split into 3 sim groups and write out a roster. So group 1 would go in Monday morning before class, group 2 would go on during lunch, group 3 would go on after class. It would then rotate every day. That way we would each get some sim time every single day. Some of us go on on Sundays on the way to the hotel if we arrive early enough.

If there is any other questions you have feel free to drop me a message.
 

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How many of us are there on here nervously waiting for a phone call for east midlands future opportunities ‍♂️
 

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Another long-time lurker here!

Picked up so many hints and tips through this forum that have me helped me through the whole process.

I received my email this morning confirming pre-employment checks have been passed and I have a start date of 26/10.

Many thanks to all posters on this forum
 

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Another long-time lurker here!

Picked up so many hints and tips through this forum that have me helped me through the whole process.

I received my email this morning confirming pre-employment checks have been passed and I have a start date of 26/10.

Many thanks to all posters on this forum
Congrats, where will you be heading?
 

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Another long-time lurker here!

Picked up so many hints and tips through this forum that have me helped me through the whole process.

I received my email this morning confirming pre-employment checks have been passed and I have a start date of 26/10.

Many thanks to all posters on this forum

Congrats - that's also my start date. Do you know which training school you'll be going to?
 

Sillybear44

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Hi all,

Long time reader first time poster. I have seen quite a few signalling positions come up near me, and I would like to apply.

My question is about anti-depressants in this line of work? I was prescribed some a bout 8 months ago following a close family members passing.

If I am lucky enough to get to the medical, would fluoxetine/anti depressants be an issue?

Im only on a mild dose and have had no side effects whilst being on them,

Has anyone had any experiences regarding mental health medication? Specifically fluoxetine if possible?

Thanks

C.
 

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The company that carry out the medicas is called Optima Health - it might be worth giving them an email, as I'm sure they would be able to answer your question.
 

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Congrats, where will you be heading?
Thanks, heading to Holton-le-Moor just outside of Market Rasen.

Congrats - that's also my start date. Do you know which training school you'll be going to?
Thanks I was told in my initial phone call that I would be in Derby for signalling school starting the 2nd Nov like a few others I’ve seen on here.
 

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Thanks, heading to Holton-le-Moor just outside of Market Rasen.


Thanks I was told in my initial phone call that I would be in Derby for signalling school starting the 2nd Nov like a few others I’ve seen on here.

Same here - I think that's four of us so far then. See you there!
 

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Had the Call today confirming i have been successful and offered the position. So happy. I'll be attending IST in York. good luck to everyone awaiting a decision
 

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Had the Call today confirming i have been successful and offered the position. So happy. I'll be attending IST in York. good luck to everyone awaiting a decision
Congratulations, was this for the future opportunities application ?
 
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