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Our guide to rail transport courses

Considering taking a Rail Transport course to kick start your career? Training courses often differ massively in terms of course content, cost and time they take to complete, as well as the level of qualification they are worth. There will be training programmes that offer nothing other than a certificate of completion, while other Rail Transport courses will work towards passing NVQ/SVQ and industry recognised qualifications. A limited number of training courses are free to enrol on, while some students will be entitled to get their Rail Transport course funded or subsidised. For more information, our careers guide and course articles will show you the benefits completing a Rail Transport course can have on your job prospects.

Related careers: Railway Train Driver

Train drivers operate diesel or electric trains. There are strict rules on safety for both passenger and freight trains which drivers need to follow. Extreme weather can make it difficult to negotiate the track, therefore it is important that the driver is familiar with the route and can anticipate the changes required. On some trains it is necessary to make announcements to passengers and open and close the doors by remote control. Drivers need to have a detailed knowledge of their trains; the routes they take; signalling systems; rail safety, and emergency procedures....more

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