Train driving has a freight-load going for it: whopping pay packets, job security, great breaks, but with hundreds of applications for every job, selection is tough.
Have you got what it takes?
Being 'in the chair' of a modern train cab isn't like some misty-eyed re-run of The Railway Children; it demands extraordinary concentration, long hours alone, early starts and late finishes. You've got to have stamina and dedication, plus with the competition for places you'll need to be cool under pressure.
How can you make the grade?
Expect assessments to include psychometric tests, listening and reading comprehension, mechanical comprehension, and structured interviews. Then there are the many hundreds of hours spent training on the tracks.
What can you earn?
Between £20,000 and £30,000 a year while training then, when qualified, you can expect to take home between £35,000 and £60,000 a year10.