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Train Driver

Kaitaraiwa Rerewhenua

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Train drivers drive passenger or freight trains to destinations. They may also shift (shunt) carriages and wagons using trains or remote controls.


Trainee train drivers usually earn

$23-$36 per hour

Qualified train drivers usually earn

$38-$44 per hour

Source: KiwiRail, Rail and Maritime Transport Union, and Transdev, 2018.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a train driver are average because opportunities vary by region, and competition for vacancies is high.
A train driver in a railway yard at night leans out of his cab to talk to two workmates standing below

Train drivers drive trains between destinations or in railway yards (Photo: KiwiRail)

Last updated 29 October 2018