Shunt Driver

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

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  1. joshking5

    joshking5 Member

    9 Jun 2015
    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.
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  3. Tibbins

    Tibbins Member

    24 Jul 2014
    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.
  4. 387star

    387star Established Member

    16 Nov 2009
    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
  5. Stigy

    Stigy Established Member

    6 Nov 2009
    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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