A Trainmaster earns an average salary of $72,624 per year.
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Trainmasters act as traffic controllers for passenger or freight trains at stations, train yards, and other rail hubs. The trainmaster typically communicates with other personnel in the station area to help perform this duty. They also stay in regular communication with the professionals operating the trains themselves. The goals of a good trainmaster are to ensure that trains maneuver through his or her station or hub with maximum safety and efficiency at all times.Read More...
Typically, a station or rail hub can have many different, tracked routes that feed into it. The trains on these routes are typically controlled by complicated track-switching systems. The trainmaster helps to direct these switches to ensure maximum safety. He or she will also typically advise train operators about speed concerns as the trains near these stations. The trainmaster can alert operators to the presence of trains already occupying the station’s tracks and issue stop orders when required.
Most trainmasters will have at least a high school diploma, as well as some vocational training or extensive on the job schooling. In some jurisdictions, a trainmaster must pass a certification test to work as a fully qualified employee. Many companies will hire assistant or apprentice trainmasters, who work to gain practical experience within this field.
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