What is the specific name given to the person who drives the train? Is there any other way of calling the name despite calling them as engineer or engine driver?

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    Railroad engineer
    – user178049
    Mar 17, 2017 at 3:15
  • A friend of mine is an engineer and his grandmother could not understand how that meant he could do anything other than drive a train. What more proof do you need? :-)
    – fixer1234
    Mar 17, 2017 at 7:42
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    @fixer1234 Here's the rest of the proof needed: youtube.com/watch?v=lNULzA8AOxY
    – Adam
    Mar 22, 2017 at 17:36
  • We'll also use the term conductor in Canada.
    – user84237
    Oct 27, 2018 at 6:00
  • The engineer operates the train; the conductor is responsible for managing other aspects of the train's operation. See: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conductor_(rail).
    – hguler
    Mar 3, 2019 at 3:42

2 Answers 2


The more common use is a Railroad engineer.

Which is an engineer (in America and Canada), engine driver, loco pilot, motorman, train driver (in Britain), is a person who operates a train. The driver is in charge of, and responsible for driving the engine, as well as the mechanical operation of the train, train speed, and all train handling.



This does depend what country you are in. In Britian, we call them train drivers. In America, they are engineers or railroad engineers. They've also been called engine drivers and locomotive engineers, in the past in different places.

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