Merseyrail or Northenrail?

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Rollin'Royce

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Hi, Question for you guys here who may have experience with either of these two companies. As an aspiring train driver based in southport, I was wondering if anyone could recommend which company is best to drive for and why?

Thanks in advance,
Rollin'Royce
 
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Neil73

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I'm certainly no expert but from what I can gleam from this forum and other sources just getting a position in ANY TOC and you're onto a winner!!
 

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Northern's nearest depots from Southport are Lime St, Allerton (Depot Driving), and Wigan. All around 20 miles away. No trainee vacancies expected at Wigan for 5+ years. Lime St normally advertise once every year or two.
Northern is probably less repetitive work than Mersey Rail and higher salary so they must be the best of the 2 to drive for. Certainly Lime Street have a few class 1 "expresses" (like Lime St-Man Air via Chat Moss) so less stopping and starting as well.
 
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It's very very rare merseyrail advertise externally as they tend to recruit drivers from within. My friend was lucky with them though and got a conductor position from a speculative CV he sent on the off chance though.
As stated above though just get your foot in the door any way you can and side step from there!!
 
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