The industry is safety-led and the processes put in place dictated the culture.You were kitted to be self sufficient.You could slip in and out within the bounds of your roster and deployment,and just be you.
Starting shift: You arrive before your rostered shift,sign in and disappear.No don't get me wrong.Everything you need is with you already.Any additional information is in your pigeon hole or on the notice board.Its your responsibility to read them.So, to "disappear" is in not being required to make any contact with anybody to do your work ,so long as you have been certified competent by passing the RULES.But Big Brother is watching over you.Yes,the mangers make sure that all shifts are covered by checking the signing in sheet.And the platform mirrors co-workers relation-ship.It can be fun,it can be "stiff" it can be malleable.Whatever it is,it is those on it on the day.A sully one today could be the chatty one tomorrow,but sure a different pair.
Managing the fallout from an inclement weather,is the hardest part of the job;stemming the tide of frustration from a weary journey which needed home comfort is arrested by a frosty rail track or signal failure.
Oh, the shades of colour.Human appreciation is the most enjoyable part of the job.You see humanity in all its colours.
Talk of what I learnt:All is not as it seems.Not that I am only coming to terms with this cliche' at my age,no,but there is safety in numbers.
I tried and stretched my skills of flexibility and adaptability.It was an experience.
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