As for Reena, her primary concern right now is her own future. A single error can, after all, derail her dream. “It’s a huge responsibility. I drive almost all the trains from New Delhi station to different railway sheds in
Tughlaqabad, Ghaziabad and
Shakurbasti. All important trains to the
capital enter through these lines and
one error can wreak havoc,” explains
33-year-old Reena, the quietest
member of the trio. It’s not an easy
job, but that hasn’t deterred this
focused young woman from
dreaming big. “When a passenger
train covering an arterial route passes
by, I wonder when I will get to drive
something like that! We are allotted
trips on passenger and superfast
trains but so far, only with a senior
driver,” she says. Clearly, she cannot
wait to get her hands on the Rajdhani
Woman drives local train in Hyderabad, first for South Central Railways
Yet another male bastion fell on Women's Day with a woman driving a local train of the South Central Railways (SCR).
S Satyavati became the first woman loco pilot of SCR when she independently drove a Multi Modal Transit System (MMTS) train. She piloted 'Matrubhumi Ladies Special Train' from Falaknuma to Lingampally suburban stations.
It is a rite of passage that most youngsters aspire to grow up to become a train driver. But young Priyanka N. had no such ambition. All she wanted was a well-paying job. And this 20-year-old did land one, as the first woman loco pilot of Namma Metro. To top it, she drove the inaugural train from M.G. Road to Byappanahalli on Thursday!
Ms. Priyanka, though barely out of her teens, had already driven the metro train for over 1,000 km. “I was probably chosen because of my performance. We were made to take examinations as well. This is a dream come true for me.” The job — and the assignment — is a big deal for a person like her who had not even travelled on a railway train until recently. “The first time I travelled by train was when I was sent to Delhi for training with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. I went through nearly six months of training by first learning on a simulator,” she said.