As a Conductor, you will coordinate the activities of freight and passenger train crews. Being a Conductor is a lot like being a store manager: you strive to ensure customer satisfaction and achieve efficient, cost effective operations. There is plenty of opportunity for career advancement as those who become conductors often go on to become Locomotive Engineers or Trainmasters.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Carry out instructions detailing a train's schedule and specific movements.
  • Handle the switching of cars, including connecting and disconnecting cars.
  • Communicate, interpret and relay signals and other indications affecting train movements.
  • Communicate with crew members using specific hand signals or radio to indicate direction of movement, stop, set, or release air brakes.
  • Be 100% committed to safety!
  • Prepare and complete reports relevant to train orders and switching lists.
  • Move trains using a remote control device.

Typical Working Conditions and Hours:

  • Think of the railway as an emergency service, like police or ambulance – they operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As a Conductor, you will not work a typical “9 to 5 shift”. You will work irregular hours and must be available to work weekends and holidays.
  • In some cases you will travel. This is usually up to 200 miles from your home terminal.
  • This is a job that requires excellent health and conditioning as there is constant physical activity.


A typical starting salary for a Conductor would be $45,000 - $60,000 per year.


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