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Train Driver at TransPennine Express

How to become a train driver

Lots of people want to become train drivers, so expect a lot of competition if you apply for the role. However, you can boost your application by applying for a different role in the railway sector first. For example, starting in a train station ticket office will build your customer service skills as well as expand your knowledge of how train stations and the rail industry operate.

When applying for a trainee train driver role, spend some time carefully looking over your application. If you’re chosen to go onto the assessment stage, you’ll be tested on your reaction to emergency situations, how you deal with pressure, your reaction speeds and basic understanding of mechanical and technical principals. It’s always useful to your application to get learning early, so you can impress at the assessment stage.

Once you’ve completed the assessments and interviews, you’ll be given a medical examination to make sure you’re fit and healthy. These include hearing tests and eyesight tests as well as making sure you’re fit enough to climb up into the train where there’s no platforms and able to carry out emergency procedures.

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