Female Train Controller checks times and track conditions in the monitoring room

Train Controller

Train Controllers oversee the safe movement of trains using computerised train control signalling systems.

Overview

Train Controllers oversee the safe movement of trains using computerised train control signalling systems.

Day-to-day

  • authorises and direct movements of trains
  • communicates with locomotive engineers to ensure safe movements of trains
  • familiarises themselves with the weight, length and schedules of trains
  • records movement of trains including departures and scheduled stops
  • provides other train controllers with information on trains progress
  • authorises and controls any activity taking place on railway tracks, including maintenance work
  • contacts relevant personal to deal with faults or mechanical failures
  • reports any accidents or incidents to the land transport authority and any other relevant body such as emergency services.

Considerations

  • working outdoors.

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