The Making of a Post-90s Female Train Driver

 December 29, 2018
Xue Ping []


A railway worker from east China's Zhejiang province realized her childhood dream earlier this year by becoming a full-time, qualified national train driver and committing to serve the public on her post. 

Xue Ping saw her first real train at the age of seven, though she had occasionally viewed them on TV.

Because of her long-cherished love for the subject, Xue applied to China Railway Shanghai Group Co., and was recruited from over 50 students in her class. She officially began a job at the Hangzhou Section in August 2016.

As Xue majored in urban railway transportation engineering technology at university, train driving was an entirely new field for her, which meant she had to learn from scratch.

Due to her lack of the locomotive knowledge, she could barely understand the mechanics, as well as many technical terms of her post. Therefore Xue worked with extra effort to master relevant knowledge.

In the national theoretical examinations last year, Xue was the only female among over 3,600 students to pass the exam.

In due course, Xue began to learn actual operations. In order to enhance her physical strength, she went to the gym every day to exercise so that she could handle the heavy operations of shifting gear and engaging the clutch.

Although Xue now drives new type of high-speed train, which exclude such operations, she still maintains exercise three to four times a week.

In Xue's eyes, driving a train is not yet labor-consuming but also a mental test. She said, "During the process, the driver must stay fully focused on driving, The responses to various road signs, confirmation of the signal, call and response, and change of speed at the crossings, all require the driver to maintain a high level of concentration."

Xue believes that love, team spirit, continuous learning, and tenacity are the qualities necessary for a qualified rail train driver.

The support and encouragement of her family inspired Xue to be more energetic at work when faced with difficulties and challenges. Her outstanding performance has also been recognized by her leaders and colleagues.

Xu Liang, secretary of the Party Committee of the Hangzhou Section, said Xue has maintained a good mental state and earnest working style, which are admirable characteristics for a train driver.

In April, Xue passed the practical test and became a qualified train driver. She said that she will continue to renew her knowledge and stay on her post to contribute her youthful strength to the transportation industry of the country.

(Source: / Translated and edited by Women of China)


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