D.C. Harrison wrote:A friend who works on the railways told me conductors, beyond revenue protection, are vital when things go wrong. They're supposed to (and, I gather are tested) know what to do in a number of emergency situations to ensure passenger safety.
Obviously if conductors are just there to check/produce tickets and nothing else, you can pay them less. Personally, I'd feel better knowing someone on board is trained in what to do when shit happens.
Correct, they are a conductor/guard. If the train comes to a halt in a section between stations, they have to follow a procedure to ensure safety, they also have a brake in their compartment, they ensure passenger safety, and have responsibility for the doors at station stops, and to give the right away to the driver.