When you come to ride the train, you'll see a lot of hard-working railroaders both on the train and in the locomotive, each of whom has a specific job to do to make your train ride fun. Let's meet them...
The Conductor is in charge of the train - think of him (or her) as the captain of the ship. The Conductor ensures that the train leaves on time and gets to its destination safely. He or she also supervisors the Brakeman and Trainmen (the other members of the Train Crew).
When our train gets put away at the end of the day, the locomotive may be on one track, the coaches on a second, and the caboose on a third. It's the Brakeman's job to connect all the individual cars of the train together the next morning, and to make sure that the brakes are working properly.
Each coach and caboose on our train is assigned a Trainman, and it's his or her responsibility to punch your ticket. The Trainman must also make sure everyone enjoys the trip by answering questions and assisting passengers on and off the train.
The Engineer drives the locomotive, which in turn, pulls the train. He or she is responsible for the safe operation of the locomotive, and must keep an eye on track conditions and the many gauges inside the locomotive's cab.
On a steam locomotive, the Fireman must make sure there is enough coal in the firebox and water in the boiler. The proper amount of each allows the locomotive to operate safely. On a diesel locomotive, he or she must watch the left-hand side of the locomotive when crossing roads since the Engineer can't see that side of the engine.