Definitions for railroad engineer
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engineer, locomotive engineer, railroad engineer, engine driver(noun)
the operator of a railway locomotive
A railroad engineer, locomotive engineer, train operator, train driver or engine driver is a person who operates a train on a railroad or railway. The locomotive / railroad engineer is in charge of and responsible for driving the locomotive as well as the mechanical operation of the train, train speed, and all train handling. The use of the term "Engineer" to describe this occupation should not be confused with professional engineer. On many US railroads, the career progression is one that starts as an assistant, conductor and finally, engineer. In the United States the engineer is required to be certified and re-certified every 2–3 years. In India, an engine driver starts as a Diesel Assistant or Electrical Assistant. They then get promoted on a scale: B, A, and A Special. An 'A Special' driver drives the faster, more important trains. In the United States, Canada, and New Zealand, train drivers are known as "locomotive engineers". In the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Australia, they are known as "train drivers", "engine drivers", "locomotive drivers", or "locomotive operators".
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