Shunting locomotive driver job description: what's it like, and what do I need?

A shunting locomotive driver is responsible for the moving of railway vehicles in shunting operations using radio remote control to steer the traction units from outside. In doing this he stands next to the train so as to be able to observe all of it and bypass the need for further help, e.g. from a shunter. Particular safety precautions are to be observed when shunting using radio remote control while route locomotive drivers driving on tracks usually only wear a safety vest, shunting locomotive drivers are dressed in orange from head to foot.

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Shunting locomotive driver video

MEV employees talk about their daily working life, the particular challenges of the role and why they love their job.