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Dear Prof Scott

1 Is there a train driving licence?.

2 Is it to be renewed after a certain period?.

3 Separate class mentioned for Mail Express and local trains driving in the licence?.

Thanks

Prashant

Sorry about the delay in time, but my computer was out for a bit and I didn't get on the network until today.

As seen in www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0538 (in next paragraph), this has been added recently to reduce the number of accidents. It use to be that anyone could drive a train that wanted to and felt they were able, but before this rule was adopted, it was thought that putting in a test to get certified would reduce the number of accidents. As can be seen since that point in time, it has truly reduced the number of accident.

"FRA’s rule for certification of conductors, as required by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, was issued to ensure that only those persons who meet minimum Federal safety standards serve as conductors, to reduce the rate and number of accidents and incidents, and to improve railroad safety. The rule requires railroads to have a formal program for certifying conductors. As part of that program, railroads are required to have a formal process for training prospective conductors and determining that all persons are competent before permitting them to serve as a conductor. The rule prescribes minimum Federal safety standards for the eligibility, training, testing, certification and monitoring of all conductors to whom it applies. The rule does not restrict a railroad from adopting and enforcing additional or more stringent requirements consistent with the rule. The conductor certification requirements prescribed in the rule apply to any person who meets the definition of conductor contained in the rule, regardless of the fact that the person may have a job classification title other than that of conductor."

As can be seen, the railroads can put in other requirements that they think are appropriate.

As to how often they need to be renewed, I think of them just like having a driver's license. Once you know how to do it, they don't worry about whether or not you might forget it. After you have been driving awhile, the rules are reinforced and become obvious.

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