Learning - Careers | 14-18 yrs

A Career As A Loco Pilot

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Is your child fascinated by trains? Perhaps, he even dreams of driving one? Then becoming a loco pilot may be a career option for him. With the arrival of metro rails and superfast express trains, the job of a loco pilot has become very professional, sophisticated and increasingly popular.

No doubt, the job is tough – at times loco pilots have to work for 72 hours at a stretch with limited rest. They are answerable for delays and mishaps. And, they carry a huge responsibility on their shoulders – the safety of thousands of passengers.

To become a loco pilot, your child has to first pass the exam for Assistant Loco Pilot (ALP) to get an entry into the Indian Railways. An ALP has to undergo training and work along with a loco pilot for several years before he is promoted as a loco pilot.

According to a research titled, Work-Life of Indian Railway's Drivers (Loco-Pilots), published in IOSR Journal of Business and Management, "The job of a Railway Driver demands hard work and great presence of mind along with the courage to handle diverse conditions. For this, one should have discipline, patience, responsibility, punctuality, commitment, courage and above all self-confidence. The job requires lots of hard work, stamina, alertness of mind and adaptability to follow difficult time schedules too."

The job of a loco pilot offers career security and a handsome remuneration. In addition, piloting a huge train across various terrains can be very exciting. It may be just what your child may excel at!

To know more about the topic, read this ClipBook, which is a curation of useful links.

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How To Become A Loco Pilot?

This video gives information on what one needs to do to make a career as a Loco Pilot. The minimum qualification required is 10th standard pass for the post of an Assistant Loco Pilot.

The Prospects Of The Career

Read this article to get an idea about the vacancies and the remunerations for the railway staff, which includes those of loco pilots and assistant loco pilots. Loco Pilots are also the forefront staff of the railways.

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The Life Of A Loco Pilot Of The Indian Railways

Watch this short documentary to know about the work and daily activities of Loco Pilots of the Indian Railways. As the experience increases, the cadre of that loco-pilot increases. Initially, he is ordered to pilot a goods train carrying non-peris...

Work-Life Of Loco Pilots

The job of a Loco Pilot demands hard work and great presence of mind along with the courage to handle diverse conditions. For this, one should have discipline, patience, responsibility, commitment, courage and above all self-confidence.

The Journey Of A Woman Loco Pilot

In late September 2013, P. Narayana Vadivu broke new ground in the annals of Southern Railway. When the 39-year-old woman Loco Pilot cranked the nearly 120-tonne diesel locomotive to haul an empty freight train from Vriddhachalam to Ariyalur, it w...

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A Movie On Loco Pilots Of The Indian Railways

Here's a humorous take on the life of Loco Pilots and the work they do, explained in the form of a short and funny video. This video will have you coming back for more.

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