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This article however is not directly dedicated to steam trains only but it concerns all trains globally. Becoming an engine-driver is not just your passion of trains, it is a mass transportation tool.
In one single train you, can transport tons of materials, freight, hugh amounts of passengers.
The whole infrastructure is specially equipped and designed to run trains. Your responsibility is hugh. When you are running passenger trains, the life of many passengers on board of your train are in your hands. A simple mistake can lead to many casualties.
TS2015 is trying to copy the reality on your monitor. A reality you can get common with. TS2015 gives you the feeling of driving a real train. Though it is still virtual, but good enough to get the full understanding of the basic knowledge of modern trains like: TGV, Eurostar, Class 395, Baureihe 101, ICE 3, Acela, Shinkansen, Koploper, Sprinter, Taurus, or whatever name a type of train is given.
To become a real engine-driver. Start to test yourself with speed-test, cognitive tests, vigilance tests, concentration tests and human resources interviews in order to fit and meet the requirements to become a real engine driver.
However it is always good to examine yourself on these issues one and a while. This will help you in other situations as well. Many professions requires HR exams. Particularly when safety measurements are potential in vain endangering humans, social environments, economical purposes and industrial areas.
The eye-sight tests Not only the doctor will examine your eyes when you are on the medical test, but prior to this medical investigation colour blindness is tested first. On your first interview they will probably test the colour blindness right away.
At the right side you see an example of an colour blindness test. The coloured dots in green shows a number to read. This will be done in different colour grades and levels and different sizes.
The Red / green difference is the most important one because the small colour frequency of the red colour is rather the same as the green one. When your eyes has the lack of cones in your eye to pick up the right colour frequency, you will not able to see the difference in that frequency between red and green.
When you are about to be examined at the HR institute, the thrill will feed your brain and adrenaline will set off in your blood stream. This results in unexpected behaviour when you are on the examination period.
Though HR investigators knows all to well how to deal and handle with the situation. They will always try to calm you down, and bringing you in a comfortable position. Then they will start all over again, but on a next occasion, you will probably fail the examination.
It is that important to keep up with these tests and you are better prepared. Adrenaline is rushing less through you body. You know the questions globally. If you know the oncoming PC tests globally, you are ready to go for it.
A hard fact and hard reality!
To keep you focussed on the very hard facts, here is one question HR will ask you;
“What will you do when someone commits suicide and jumps on the track in front of your train when you are on full speed?” Yes I know, this is a though one.
Here is what you do: KEEP CALM, apply the brakes, contact the CTC immediately, next; contact the chief of the train. Do not get out of the train to watch! Inform the passengers about a failure and needs to be fixed. Do NOT mention the real issue to passengers in this case. You have mentioned the chief of the train. He will take care for the passengers and knows what to do and what to say.
Try to get up with mathematics. Try to get up and boost your knowledge about technical and mechanical aspects as well. Bring yourself in line with all basic knowledge available online. Test yourself regularly in order to keep up logical thinking. Trains is not just a hobby, it is an important way of mass transportation and the economy depends on it.
Human resources and Group Bourdon test
One of the most famous test is the “Group Bourdon” tests GBT and SCAAT which is widely in use to test the cognitive vigilance of drivers and is repeat after a certain period (depending the requirements of the Safety regulations and Law which are different for each country).
This tests contains pages with dots or symbols which you have to remind and the request is to tick the dot when they are grouped together in a pre determined amount of dots together. This must be done in the shortest period of time as possible trying to tick as much as the requested dots as you can.
The other test (SCAAT) is in use for BR and is to remind symbols and find that particular symbol in a line of other symbols. Tick it and move to the next one, and all as fast as possible without any mistake.
The Cognition and Reaction speed test computer at the Human Office at Amersfoort, the Netherlands in use for NS.
Except the speed test which requires a special keyboard, you can do and perform most tests online. It is always advisable to measure yourself as well prior to the use of TS2015. Though TS2015 is a simulation and to play a long run completely, never forget you are really perform in real-time a complete run without any pause or break. Achieving this goal will put you ready for the real thing.
Another hugh test is the interview on paper, the PC interview and the personal interview with an HR interviewer. All these examinations will reveal your skills and to be evaluated by the railroad company.
The Safety board tests, HR tests and medical examinations are restricted by Law. When you are on interview at an HR office expect strange questions in order to test your attitude and behaviour.
The same question will be asked in different ways checking you give the same answers over and over again. It is better to get yourself comfortable with it to avoid any surprise.
For steam societies and steam clubs running on the main line the same restrictions are being taken for fireman’s as well. The driver is normally a regular engine-driver at a countries national railway company with a license to drive steam trains as well. Drivers with a steam license driving at heritage and private railways are not always allowed to drive at the mainline. For these driver also the same rules and restriction are applied and is governed by Law.
When a club owns a heritage or private line, the law is still in execution and valid for the hobby engine-driver as well. Even clubs running on Live Steam engines like 10,1/4 inch, 7,1/4 inch, 5 inch and 3,5 inch are dealing with the same issues of safety. Even on that miniature railway, safety always comes first. A 7,1/4 inch Black 5 for example is still a real working engine with a boiler pressurized by steam. Dealing with exact the same issues as the original example, these engines are still a potential danger if the driver does not know how to drive and maintain fire, water level and pressure and how take action is case of a situation occurs. These trains are still hauling passengers though for fun.