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Railway track workers

Railway track workers lay and repair tracks for railways, tramways, quarries and mines, and install and repair signals and other equipment.

What do railway track workers do?

  • spread and tamp ballast to provide firm foundation for sleepers, place sleepers across roadbeds, and position and fasten rails on sleepers
  • cut rails to length and grind worn and rough rail ends
  • drill bolt holes, and bolt and weld rail sections
  • clean and lubricate switches and remove and replace worn and damaged rails, sleepers and switches
  • examine track, lubricate wheel bearings on rolling stock and maintain switch signal lamps
  • install and repair signals and other equipment

Very low

projected job openings


qualified full-time wage


employed full-time

Ways to get started

Ways to get started