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Driver, Railway Engine (Steam)

Aliases: Railway Engine Driver

Industry/Sector(s): Railways


JOB DESCRIPTION 15
The tasks a Driver, Railway Engine (Steam) is expected to perform include:
  • Driving the steam engine locomotive on the rail routes for transporting passengers and goods
  • Taking charge of the engine from the Loco Shunter
  • Examining various parts of the engine for operational efficiency
  • Driving the engine from the loco-shed to the station yard and attaching it to the train
  • Ensuring that the first coupling is properly fitted, and all gauges and metres are working properly
  • Opening the steam cock of the vacuum ejector to create vacuum and receiving a token or line clear from the Station Master
  • Blowing a whistle when the station signals turn green or are lowered to signal for the journey to begin
  • Starting the train on receiving the signal from the Railway Guard
  • Driving the engine along the scheduled route at the scheduled timings, and regulating the speed according to the prescribed restrictions and cautions
  • Exchanging signals with the Guard at each station after the start to ensure their presence on the train
  • Supervising and checking the work of a Fireman
  • Checking the essential parts of the engine, oiling them after long runs, ensuring that the engine contains sufficient coal and water and recouping deficiency, if any
  • Driving the engine to the loco-shed on completion of the journey
  • Filling up the necessary forms, detailing the major defects or required repairs and handing over the engine to the Loco Shunter
WORK ENVIRONMENT 2, 16
  • It is a field job
  • Needs to handle a team of Firemen
  • Local travelling is a part of this job role
  • Part-time work and contractual jobs are not available
  • Work from home option is not available
Working hours
  • Working hours are 8 hours everyday for 6 days a week
  • Shift system is available
  • Overtime is available
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

No

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING 11

Minimum - Matriculation plus ITI graduate in course approved by NCVT/SCVT in the appropriate subject (qualifying Railway Recruitment Board Exam is necessary)

KEY COMPETENCIES 
  • Skilled in following all the necessary safety measures
  • Knowledge of all the signals and their meanings that are given by the guard or other railway staff
  • Skilled in attaching the engine accurately with the coaches 
  • Ability to maintain the engine in the most optimal state all the time and get it serviced regularly
  • Basic knowledge of how to inspect the engine and check for oil shortage/leaks, etc.
  • Ability to keep a full stock of coal in the engine all the time
  • Knowledge of the basic paperwork involved before and after a journey
  • Basic knowledge of railway regulations and laws
DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES 4

Not applicable

AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING AND LEARNING INSTITUTES 5
  • All colleges across India
  • All ITIs across India
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING SCHEMES/SCHOLARSHIPS 

Coming soon

CAREER PROGRESSION PATH 16

Fireman, Locomotive → Assistant Driver (Steam) Driver, Railway Engine (Steam)  → Goods Driver → Passenger Driver → Mail Driver

Transfer option
  • India: May be
  • Abroad: No
EXPECTED EARNINGS 9

For new entrants - Rs 9,300 to Rs 34,800 per month 

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)
REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE 16

Training for 9-10 months is required

PROBABLE EMPLOYERS 1

Indian Railways

KEYWORDS 
  • Driver, Railway Engine (Steam)
  • Railway Driver
OCCUPATIONAL CODES AND STANDARDS 
Standard Code Description
NCO 2015 8311.0200 Driver, Railway Engine (Steam)
ISCO 2008 8311 Locomotive Engine Drivers
NIC 2008 49110 Passenger rail transport
QP Reference - -
NSQF - -
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