A railroad engineer
, locomotive engineer
, train operator
, train driver
or engine driver
is a person who drives a train
on a railroad
. The engineer is in charge of and responsible for the locomotive
(s) as well as the mechanical operation of the train, train speed, and all train handling.
On many US railroads, the career progression is one that starts as an assistant (brakeman
and finally, engineer. In the United States
the engineer is required to be certified and re-certified every 2–3 years.
, an engine driver starts as a Diesel Assistant
or Electrical Assistant
(in case of electric locomotives). They then get promoted on a scale: B, A, and A Special. An 'A Special' driver drives the faster, more important trains.
In the United States
, and New Zealand
, train drivers are known as "locomotive engineers". In the United Kingdom
, South Africa
, and Australia
, they are known as "train drivers", "engine drivers", "locomotive drivers", or "locomotive operators".
An engineer is responsible for preparing equipment for service, checking paperwork and the condition of the locomotives. Their duties require that they control acceleration, braking and handling of the train underway. They must know the physical characteristics of the railroad, including passenger stations
, the incline and decline of the right-of-way and speed limits. Along with the... Read More