to me,” smiles Clifford.
Required studies and experience
“You need about two years experience as a steam locomotive fireman before you can do the course to become a steam driver. Then you need to do 50 supervised trips before you get your certificate,” says Clifford. A person also needs to study the Spoornet regulations and rules and abide by them. Spoornet currently only has electric locomotives.
Clifford insists that “you must love steam and preservation,” to be a steam locomotive driver.
An average day
The average day depends on whether it is a slow or a hectic day. “Your days are never the same, that’s what makes it so interesting.” Clifford described an average day before a trip for SA Career Focus Magazine. “In the morning you prepare the locomotive for the trip, this includes oiling and greasing. Then you check all the different points.” An average day for Clifford lasts 10 hours, from 07:00 until 17:00.
The best thing and worst thing about the job
Clifford states that “I’m a steam enthusiast, so you can’t ask me a thing like that, because I can’t answer you. Steam is best.” Clifford likes everything about his job.
Published By: Marli Merz & Matters