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  • Premier Icon Pook
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    I’m not, but my mate is

    Premier Icon rickmeister
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    They are really hard to steer apparently….

    Premier Icon njee20
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    There are a couple… Stanfree is one IIRC.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    They are really hard to steer apparently….

    No they handle really well. Corner like they’re on rails apparently.

    pondo
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    I’ve been looking at train drivering for a few years – f*** my old boots, they don;t make it easy to get in to that industry.

    Premier Icon firestarter
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    I have some questions 😉

    Premier Icon firestarter
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    Ive an interview coming up early stages yet but it means leaving the fire service and my 17 years worth of pension and being very very poor for a year if I manage to get a start.

    Premier Icon ononeorange
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    I still imagine myself as one from time to time. Reality is sadly infintely more boring.

    I tried it but failed the aptitude tests – just went completely off the rails

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    I failed my test on the 3 point turn. Apparently, you’re not supposed to back up the same track the other way…

    Premier Icon pictonroad
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    It’s the balancing on the rails that gets me, I have trouble enough on my bike.

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    They turned me down because of a car accident.
    Mind you, it was a really bad shunt.

    allthepies
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    pondo wrote:

    I’ve been looking at train drivering for a few years – f*** my old boots, they don;t make it easy to get in to that industry.

    Jobs for the boys ?

    Premier Icon darkcove
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    Are you going to ask if you can toot my horn?

    b r
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    Jobs for the boys ?

    No. A mate got one of these jobs:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-25035740

    Basically they wanted folk who understand safety and take instruction. He was ex-Electricity Board on cables/power-lines etc.

    Took about 7 days of time off to go through all the interviews/processes.

    Premier Icon scandal42
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    They turned me down because of a car accident.
    Mind you, it was a really bad shunt

    Iv’e always thought puns about trains made for decent two liners.

    My stepson will be as long as he passes the medical next week. Did well on both interviews & tests. He’s only 25 & fit & strong so the medical should go ok.
    Freightliner, based in Leeds. They had 1500 applicants for 10 places.

    mudshark
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    They had 1500 applicants for 10 places

    Must pay very well.

    chewkw
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    Good money with stress free life working as train driver if you can get in.

    🙂

    25 & fit & strong

    Will he drive one or pull it?

    jon1973
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    Good money with stress free life working as train driver if you can get in.

    Is it stress free enough to sleep on the job? Surely you can’t have an entire rail system built on sleepers?

    Premier Icon bruneep
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    Firestarter wrote:

    Ive an interview coming up early stages yet but it means leaving the fire service and my 17 years worth of pension and being very very poor for a year if I manage to get a start.

    Or stay in FS and be poor for the rest of your career, who knows what will happen to the Rail industry now Bob has gone.

    allthepies
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    jon1973 wrote:

    Is it stress free enough to sleep on the job? Surely you can’t have an entire rail system built on sleepers?

    wordnumb
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    I’ve been trying to come up with a witty comment to add to this thread, the punchline being “…I was pretty chuffed’, but I ran out of steam.

    crikey
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    Time flies by when you’re the driver of a train, or so I’m led to believe.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Train drivers always sem to look bored shitless when pulling into stations, I’ve noticed.

    b r
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    Ive an interview coming up early stages yet but it means leaving the fire service and my 17 years worth of pension and being very very poor for a year if I manage to get a start.

    You’ll keep all your pension though, and get another Final-Salary Pension to boot.

    Premier Icon firestarter
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    bruneep my patience with the way we get treated In the fire service has finally gone. Ive had enough tbh if I dont get this I’ll be looking elsewhere

    chewkw
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    jon1973 – Member

    Is it stress free enough to sleep on the job?

    Sleeping on the job? Does that happen to train driver? 😯

    Surely you can’t have an entire rail system built on sleepers?

    I doubt there is enough passenger for sleepers unless the traveling time is more than 8 hrs. No?

    The last sleepers I used was in Thailand … bloody hell talking about slow … but fun though.

    p/s: just saw the “boom-tish!” above … 😆 Okay okay … I get it. Bloody train joke.

    Premier Icon bruneep
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    Firestarter wrote:

    bruneep my patience with the way we get treated In the fire service has finally gone. Ive had enough tbh if I dont get this I’ll be looking elsewhere

    As has mine just counting the days down 2165 to go.

    jambourgie
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    Train drivers always sem to look bored shitless when pulling into stations, I’ve noticed.

    I’d be tempted to keep a collection of masks/strange headgear in the cab to wear when pulling into stations.

    Premier Icon firestarter
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    Bruneep im gonna have an extra 8 to do if I were to stay.

    Br I would be trying to transfer the funds out as I wouldn’t trust the gov to leave it alone. They have already destroyed my army pension

    Anyway thanks for all the crap jokes 😉

    bruneep my patience with the way we get treated In the fire service has finally gone.

    Is it worse than the Prison Service? I bet it’s not.

    edlong
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    stress free life working as train driver

    You might want to run that idea past any drivers that have had suicides (or accidents).

    aP
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    Actually TOC train driver salary raises are a direct result of the Tory Government privatising the railways – Major Thatcher’s legacy to us all.

    b r
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    Br I would be trying to transfer the funds out as I wouldn’t trust the gov to leave it alone. They have already destroyed my army pension

    Tell me I’m wrong, but I understood that the Train Drivers pension was a Govt backed one too?

    And tbh you should never amalgamate pensions – eggs and baskets…

    chewkw
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    edlong – Member

    You might want to run that idea past any drivers that have had suicides (or accidents).

    Accidents? Yes, there is a danger working in all transportation job.

    Suicide has nothing to do with the job but rather the individuals themselves. i.e. their mental health.

    dantsw13
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    I think he means people jumping in front of trains. Can’t be nice for the driver.

    gobuchul
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    Suicide has nothing to do with the job but rather the individuals themselves.

    The think they were talking about people jumping in front of drivers trains, not the drivers topping themselves!

    Premier Icon firestarter
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    Br it may be but as soon as you stop paying into the fs one its pretty much worthless. But I get the idea with the eggs that’s how my army one is worthless now

    anyhow none of this addresses my problem

    Cheers all 😉

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