Rail Traffic Controller

As a Rail Traffic Controller, you are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the railway within your assigned territory. You will juggle different responsibilities and manage others, so someone with outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills would excel in this position. If career advancement is what you’re looking for, this job is viewed as a great starting point for those looking for greater responsibility.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide control functions to ensure the safe movement of trains and other on-track railway equipment.
  • Minimize delays to all railroad traffic through effective planning and scheduling.
  • Communicate, interpret and relay signals and other indications affecting train movements.
  • Coordinate train meets to optimize railroad performance.
  • Ensure cost effective movement of trains and other on-track railroad equipment to optimize physical and human resource assets.
  • Enter data into the various information and control systems.
  • Maintain an on-going awareness of the operation of the railway, equipment and signals, car handling, operating manuals, computer applications and collective agreements.
  • Assist in solving problems any problems that arise in your assigned territories.

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 Rail Traffic Controller, you will not work a typical “9 to 5 shift”. You will work irregular hours and must be available to work weekends and holidays.
  • The work is performed at desktop workstations. The majority of it involves using computers and the monitoring of activity on computer displays.
  • There is heavy use of radio communication with track forces and train crews
  • It is a unionized work force with seniority work allocations.


Entry-level Rail Traffic Controllers earn approximately $35,000 a year, and can progress to $60,000 - $70,000 a year.


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