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  cooky2304 Train Controller

Location: Newcastle
Hi All,
I would love to become a locomotive driver, however I have a slight issue stopping me. I have a vision impairment. I have had it since birth. I can see perfect with distance but its reading close up that I struggle with. I've been into a cab many a time and have had several rides up front. I can see all the gauges and equipment clearly.

Will railway employers be unwilling to employ me?
If so, I would like to be inovled with the railways in some way. So could some people suggest some ideas?

Thank You!

Billy Cooksley
(Cooky2304)

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  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
Operators nowadays - as far as I know - test you on your *corrected* vision.  That is, how well you can see with corrective lenses.  So if you're longsighted, and require corrective lenses to see things up close, it shouldn't be a problem, as long as you always wear them while you're at work.

I'm the other extreme - shortsighted - and QR was quite happy to accept me as a train driver.

So go for it!
  cooky2304 Train Controller

Location: Newcastle
Operators nowadays - as far as I know - test you on your *corrected* vision.  That is, how well you can see with corrective lenses.  So if you're longsighted, and require corrective lenses to see things up close, it shouldn't be a problem, as long as you always wear them while you're at work.

I'm the other extreme - shortsighted - and QR was quite happy to accept me as a train driver.

So go for it!
"Johnmc"


Ok, thanks for that info! Smile

Cheers
Billy
  r707 Chief Commissioner

Location: Here
You are tested on your corrected vision, and if you need eyewear, you will be advised to obtain them prior to commencing employment
  cooky2304 Train Controller

Location: Newcastle
r707 Thanks for your reply! I will definitely be investigating into it!
  Driver059 Station Staff

Just Apply for a job with PNQ Intermodel, from what i heard they hired a person who was colour blind and where surprised when they had a SPAD.
  recalcitrant Station Master

Do PNQ Intermodal actually have anyone left to have a spad?
  X_Class Junior Train Controller

Location: Hunter Valley
I have an eye condition that even glasses cant fully correct, so I have to wear hard contact lenses. Ive been wearing them for about 12 years and havent had any dramas as a driver for 10years. You just have to be wearing glasses or contacts at the time of the medical.
  Yesman Chief Train Controller

Hey sorry to take away from the OP, but I didnt think it was necessary to start a new "question about becoming a train driver" thread with my question.

I currently hold a P1, previsonaal drivers licence, and I know many companys want open class C licences. Is this something to do with their insurance or other things? A QLD P1 driver only has two main restrictions, being no mobiles or electronic devices while driving and no peer passengers between 11pm and 5am. Im just curious, as I havent applied for anything yet, but what impression would this make with a company? and why is it necessary to have a drivers licence? I mean I have other ways I am able to get to the job just as easily.
  TE2815 Minister for Railways

Location: Mission control Minto or Thirlmere
Hey sorry to take away from the OP, but I didnt think it was necessary to start a new "question about becoming a train driver" thread with my question.

I currently hold a P1, previsonaal drivers licence, and I know many companys want open class C licences. Is this something to do with their insurance or other things? A QLD P1 driver only has two main restrictions, being no mobiles or electronic devices while driving and no peer passengers between 11pm and 5am. Im just curious, as I havent applied for anything yet, but what impression would this make with a company? and why is it necessary to have a drivers licence? I mean I have other ways I am able to get to the job just as easily.
"Yesman"
Many frieght companies do not employ car drivers for the odd times when a crew may need to be driven somewhere to relieve another crew so the crew/s will drive themselves or another employee will be rostered as a car driver just for that purpose hence the requirement for train crew to have a drivers licence.

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