Train driving Age

Discussion in 'Railway Jobs & Careers' started by Railfan132, 11 Apr 2019.

  1. Railfan132

    Railfan132 Member

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    Hi,
    I am just thinking does age really matter when it comes to driving? I mean I know the minimum age to drive on mainlines is 21. I am currently 23 and already work in rail industry but do you think my age would be appropriate for driving? For example if there was 3 people to choose from one my age, second age 30 and third 35 who would they select?

    Thanks,
     
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  3. Jimathy

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    The one who interviews best
     
  4. Trainguy90

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    They’d select whoever they preferred which has multiple variables and age isn’t as big an issue as some think,
    I was 24 when I got a job offer and my course had someone who was 21 And at the other end of the scale someone who was 55

    The young are probably less experienced but make up for it with eagerness to learn, are easier to mould into what the company want and will give a good amount of service
    The older won’t have as long to give service wise but come with a wealth of knowledge and experience, but it does mean they can be stuck in there ways

    Honestly if you want the job go for it you have just as much chance as anyone els
     
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  5. Railfan132

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    Ok thanks guys for the response above, at least this gives me a hope! :D
     
  6. baz962

    baz962 Established Member

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    I qualified at 48 , youngest on my course was 24.
     
  7. Rammstein

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    If it helps I'm on a course now and I'm 23 :)
     
  8. OneLowban

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    Bit older when I applied at 26 but just giving you more hope.
     
  9. Bridger

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    I've only just turned 24, I've been a guard for just over 2 years. I start my trainee driver course at the beginning of May. :)

    From my experience my younger age hasn't made any difference in my work/ getting a trainee driver role. Good luck!
     
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    Was 24 when I started many moons ago
     
  11. Railfan132

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    Many thanks for your replies, Now at least I know I am not the only youngest person looking for driver role.
     
  12. Crazyb

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    I think under British Rail, the max age was around 23 for the footplate !!!!, I'm showing my age now. I passed out driving 2 months after my 21st.
     
  13. dsb

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    Start my course next month, at 51 think I will be the oldest by far haha
     
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    I’ve just qualified at the age of 44, youngest on my course was 21.
     

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