Railways is one of my favourite areas of work for most of my engineering career. During my childhood, I was always amazed by the sheer power of those steam locos. I travelled to India many times during the summer vacations, as my mother was a huge fan of a temple of Tirupati. During that time there were no diesel or electric loco and we used to go to Chennai from Delhi by train (as again my mom used to love the rail route due to its scenic beauty, the farms and fields and the green mountains).
During all those times, I was falling in love with Indian rail system and being an Indian born boy, I had the thought of driving those locos one day. But by the time I graduated form my engineering, time had changed, steam locos were replaced by diesel locos and diesel locos are being fazed out by electric locos. This time when I went from Delhi to Chennai, I was travelling in a super-fast train which was hauled by WP7 the latest and fastest in Indian rail’s arsenal. That was the time I had the nostalgic feeling of driving the loco.
So I decided to find out if I can really try to make my dream come true. While I was searching on Internet, I found that Chennai railway had announced some openings recently through Railway Recruitment Board Chennai (RRB Chennai) and I was really jumping with joy that I had visited India on right time. I quickly started reading more about it and found that more than eighteen thousand jobs were up for grab. By the time I reached Chennai Railway station, I had read almost everything about the job openings in Railway recruitment board Chennai and other railway recruitment boards.
Railway recruitment exams were to be held in next couple of months so I decided to stay in India for some time to crack the railway entrance exam for Chennai Railways. On reaching Chennai railway station the first thing I did was to buy the syllabus and application form for RRB Chennai. Next two days we spent in Chennai and I finished my formalities for the application procedure.
I know that I am probably over qualified to be a loco pilot, but it I am a person who follows his dream rather than the rules. I know that I can always quit that job and get into a better one if I ever feel like I need more money, but this time it was not about the money, I was listening to my heart.
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