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Being a Female Train Driver

Vital Statistics
  • Hours: XX per week

  • Starting salary is usually XX 

  • Qualifications required: 

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What's it like being a train driver?


Job title: Train driver

Current employer

Industry: Transport

Hours: XX hours per week on average

What's it like being a train driver?

Has anyone ever been surprised when you told them that you were in this role (as someone of your gender)? Please expand.

Yes, everyone!

What were your favourite subjects at school?

Food technology

What did you want to be as a child when you 'grew up'?


Can you remember what your parents reactions were to that aspiration?

They were supportive because I left school at 16 and joined the railway, rather than go to college.

Can you remember your parents or teachers wanting or encouraging you to go into a specific career when you 'grew up'? And, do you think this ideal was linked to your gender?

No, as I fell in to the railway by chance

What do you think are attitudes towards and expectations of people in your profession (eg. surgeon) compared to expectations of specific genders in your profession (eg. female surgeon)?

Some males are still very old school as women couldn't be train drivers for a long time! But everyone is treated equally

Are there any challenges or benefits working in your field? Please tell us more about this and how you deal with these challenges.

Only not having access to a toilet, men have bottles! Always a joke in the messroom. Understanding 'banter' and being able to join in. But sometimes I couldn't work with a nice bunch of men!

What’s your favourite part of your job?

That each day is different and I don't know what my day could bring!

"My favourite part of the job is ultimately that I draw and create everyday and get paid for it!​"

- George

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