Operate railway switches


Operate railroad switches to control the direction of trains in order to route them to their destinations.

Alternative labels

operate railroad switches
control direction of trains through use of railway switches
operate rail switches
utilise railway switches
control railway switches
control direction of trains through operation of railway switches
use railway switches
carry out railway switching operations
perform railway switching activities
adjust train direction through use of railway switches

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Relationships with occupations

Essential skill

Operate railway switches is an essential skill of the following occupations:

Rail switchperson: Rail switchpersons assist in the tasks of the traffic controller. They operate switches and signals according to rail traffic control instructions, according to regulations and compliant with safety rules.
Shunter: Shunters move shunting units with or without wagons or groups of wagons in order to build trains. They manage the driving of locomotives and are involved in switching wagons, making or splitting up trains in shunting yards or sidings. They operate according to the technical features, such as controlling movement via a remote control device.
Level crossing signalperson: Level crossing signalpersons operate equipment in the safeguarding of level crossings, according to safety regulations. They supervise the traffic situation arround the level crossing, and communicate with traffic controllers, drivers, and other signalpeople when necessary. 

Optional skill

Operate railway switches is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this skill may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.




  1. Operate railway switches – ESCO


Last updated on September 20, 2022