How to train your model train conductor for a career in the private sector
In 2016, model train passengers started to make headlines for their “model train conductor” credentials, a certification that has gained a cult following among model train operators, who believe it will give them an edge over train operators and help them earn more than train operators.
But what about model train train operators who are already certified and have been doing this for years, training their own train drivers?
How do they prepare for the new jobs, and how do they train their own drivers?
In the case of train conductor certification, it’s no different than a standard job in a factory, but the training process is much different, according to the American Train Operating Association (ATO).
“The model train driver is an operator, the train is the conductor,” said John Gaskin, president of the ATO, in an interview with Axios.
“We’re looking at how to prepare them for the industry, not the industry itself.”
The training process involves about five weeks of classroom instruction, followed by a few days of simulated driving, followed again by a day in the simulator, where they work out their driving skills, according the ATA.
It’s not easy to do, and there are a lot of expectations from train operators when it comes to training.
Train drivers are required to take the training at the beginning of their career, but that is not always the case, according Gaskon.
“You’ve got to be ready to go to a new job as soon as possible,” he said.
“That’s a huge difference between being a model train operator and a train driver.”
In addition to the simulator work, model drivers must take a physical exam, undergo training on safety and the training required for commercial operations, and pass a written test to demonstrate their proficiency, Gaski said.
Train drivers are expected to spend several hours a day on the simulator and a few hours a week driving, but their training isn’t extensive.
“It’s not a huge amount,” he told Axios, “but we have a lot more training than a typical train operator.”
Train operators are also expected to perform a variety of tasks on the train, such as inspecting and supervising train drivers and train cars.
“They are not the only people doing this, they are the ones doing this,” Gaskins said.
“It’s like a school, it starts at the top,” he added.
“But we have people who are very good at this, so they’re going to be very, very good drivers.”
Train drivers must also pass the test to prove that they are up to speed on the new safety standards that will come with the new certification.
The new requirements include a new driver training program, the establishment of training centers, and the establishment and funding of training programs for the operators.
The ATO says that train operators should complete training in their new positions, but not at the same time.
Train operators must complete the same training as a model operator.
Train operator certification requires a minimum of one year of training, which includes a four-week program, a simulator training course, and a written exam.
Training centers for train operators can be found on the ATR website.
The training process for train drivers is not unique to model train drivers.
In fact, training is a common occurrence for train engineers and other train drivers, according a 2015 survey by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
A survey by AAR found that train engineers have been training for five years and that train drivers have been taking training for six years.
“When you’re training for a job, it is your job to do the right thing, and it’s important to know how to train,” said Gaskis.
“When you do a job as a train engineer, you’re getting paid to go do your job.”