As i m very new to this site, can anyone let me know what is the difference between a depot and a mainline driver. (depot driver especially). What kind of task does it do?
Any idea will be very helpful for me to step into this industry.
Depot drivers spend their time in the depots, including train formation and safety checks, taking trains through the wash, shunting and other depot duties . They don't get out ono the mainline and drive passenger trains and often drive trains at 5mph max. There can be a lot of sitting around when trains are out on service and then gets busy late nights early mornings.
The way Greater Anglia works is quite strange.
On the Great Eastern Side (Ilford, Gidea Park, Southend, Clacton, Colchester, Ipswich, Norwich etc) all trainees begin as Depot drivers . You can spend quite a bit if time as a depot driver depnding on where you are located awaiting a mainline drivers position to come up. You join the bottom of a list and work your way up if you want to go mainline. You then need to do more traning before they let you out on the mian line.
On the West Anglia side [/B](Chingford, Hertford, Enfield, Bishops Stortford, Cambridge, Stansted Airport) you go straight in as a mainline driver, driving passenger trains. The training is a lot longer than the depot driver training.
Hope that helps.
thank you bezzer and slick. That was very helpful.
I know to be a train driver, there's thousands of application for a single vacancy. But still wanted to know whether to go for depot or mainline to be a train driver. A bit of gamble may be
Thank u again bezzer. I m currently a London bus driver. So I think quitting my job and taking a depot driver would b a gamble as I earn more than a depot driver. I better be patient. Thanks again for ur advice.
For the Great Eastern side, Ilford, Southend depots etc... is the only route to mainline driver from being a depot driver then moving up? So in effect are these depot drivers vacancies the route to which you need to take to eventually become a mainline driver on the Great Eastern side?
Any idea of the wage once qualified for the depot drivers role, I am presuming that the £24,346 as stated on the website is the "Trainee Depot Driver" pay and will go up once qualified, please correct me if I'm wrong. I can only find mainline drivers wages listed on Aslef and nothing relating to depot driver.
For my TOC the salary difference between mainline and depot is only 9k but to reach that it goes down for the first year & up in stages & the difference only kicks in after 3 years.As i m very new to this site, can anyone let me know what is the difference between a depot and a mainline driver. (depot driver especially). What kind of task does it do?
Hi all, can anyone confirm how long the training period is for the depot driver roles relevant to these vacancies at Ilford/Southend? I'm presuming it would be somewhat shorter than the mainline training, is that correct? Hence a shorter period before the transition from training salary to full salary.
Also is anyone able to tell what the salary is for these roles once qualified. Does it goes up in stages as I have read it does for a new mainline driver.
Current Depot basic is £24,346. Mainline qualified Depot Driver (up to 200 turns mainline) is @ £32. Full Mainline is, I think in the region of £43k. Sundays extra on ex G. E. side.