Shunt Driver

Discussion in 'Railway Jobs & Careers' started by joshking5, 9 Jun 2015.

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  1. joshking5

    joshking5 Member

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    Hey Guys,

    Long time reader, first time poster ;). My question is about being a Shunt Driver. I am currently half way through an application for a vacancy that has come up, and part of the description states that the training offered with this job will teach me everything about operating a train.

    Obviously it isn't actually being a trainee train driver as a Shunt driver is different but if I managed to get this job would that mean I would be fully qualified to the point that I could apply for better jobs? or will it at least put me in good stead to get a train company to take me on as a trainee in the future? Thank you for your information I'm glad I found this site you guys are very helpful.
     
  2. Tibbins

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    I read somewhere on here it's a good way to get your foot in the door if a trainee job did come up in the depot you was gonna be working out of I think they might come to you first hand seeing as your half way to already being a train driver.
     
  3. 387star

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    Shunt driving can be more hands on more night work and driving trains at such slow speeds must be frustrating for a while?

    You also have to retake assessments
     
  4. Stigy

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    Assuming a shunt driver is a depot driver, the assessments are the same for mainline driver do should a mainline position come up you won't have to retake the entry assessments. Instead you'll go straight to driver manager interview stage or be put on a course.
     
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