ALL ABOARD! Yep, that was the last call that the conductor said for all travelers to board the train. A conductor is a railway train crew member responsible for operational and safety duties that do not involve actual operation of the train.We have a three car trackless train that we rent to parties and events.
Conductors duties include:
- Jointly coordinate with the engineer and dispatcher the train’s movement authority, and verifying this authority is not exceeded
- Communicate and coordinating with other parties—yardmasters, trainmasters, dispatchers, on board service personnel, etc.
- Be alert to wayside signals, switch position, and other conditions that affect safe train movement
- mechanically inspect rolling stock
- Assist the engineer in testing the train’s air brakes
- Signal the engineer when to start or stop moving
- Keep a log of the journey
- Check tickets and collect fares on passenger trains
- Attend to passenger needs
- Keep records of consignment notes and waybills
- Direct, coordinate, and usually manually perform, shunting or switching
“The occupation of shunter/switcher is a particularly dangerous one as not only is there the risk of being run over but on some railway systems – in particular where hook-and-chain coupling systems are in use – the shunters have to get between the wagons/carriages in order to complete the coupling/uncoupling process.”
Jokes: Why is the railroad angry? Because people are always crossing it! Why can’t the engineer be electrocuted? Because he’s not a conductor!