Train and Tram Drivers

Job holders in this unit group drive diesel, diesel-electric, electric and steam locomotives that transport passengers and goods on surface and underground railways, and transport passengers in trams.


New workers
£ 29,461
£ 56,343
£ 92,051

Available jobs

In the past year there were 21,751 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • May check travel passes, collect fares and deal with passenger queries.

  • May make passenger announcements and controls automatic doors.

  • Maintains radio contact with control centre.

  • Makes scheduled stops for the loading and unloading of freight and coupling/uncoupling of carriages and tubs.

  • Stops as directed to allow passengers to embark/ disembark.

  • Watches for track hazards, observes signals and temperature, pressure and other gauges.

  • Starts train or tram when directed and operates controls to regulate speed.

  • Checks safety equipment, regulates the heating of passenger compartments and records engine defects or unusual incidents on the journey.

  • Checks controls, gauges, brakes and lights before start of journey and studies route, timetable and track information.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Heavy Hauling

  • Talent Management

  • Washing Machines

  • Auditing

  • Medical Research

  • Risk Analysis

  • Google Maps

  • Manual Handling

  • Housekeeping

  • Invoicing

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communications

  • Customer Service

  • Operations

  • Management

  • Detail Oriented

  • English Language

  • Decision Making

  • Mathematics

  • Planning

  • Self-Motivation

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.