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Become A Yardmaster

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Working As A Yardmaster

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $50,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Yardmaster does

  • Switch rail cars accordingly to customers needs Update Trainmaster of any changes
  • Receive information regarding train or rail problems from dispatchers or from electronic monitoring devices.
  • Work with other yardmasters to maintain the schedule of freight movements as well as the safe movement of sensitive material.
  • ResponsibilitiesLoaded rail cars with propane, butane, and natural gasoline.
  • Manage train crews to provide a safe and efficient yard.
  • Direct and Instruct workers engaged in yard activities, such as switching track, coupling/uncoupling cars, and routing inbound/outbound traffic.
  • Use the Yardmaster system and PC/Mainframe systems.
  • Experience was gained in the management and motivation of personnel with a focus on efficiencies and customer service.
  • Ensured the safety and on-time movement of customer's cargo was consistent with all operating budgets and procedures.
  • Managed yard crews in the building of trains and switching of cars within yard limits.
  • Observe yard traffic to determine tracks available to accommodate inbound and outbound traffic.
  • Completed hazardous material training to ensure and optimize workplace safety.
  • Maintain accurate records of inventory for separate rail yards.

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Yardmaster Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Top Skills for A Yardmaster


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Top Yardmaster Skills

  1. Train Crews
  2. FRA
  3. General Supervision
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • supervised daily operations in freight yard including mapping trains instructing train crews safe operation
  • Use the Yardmaster system and PC/Mainframe systems.
  • Worked along with Trainmasters, Dispatchers and Operation Center Managers to facilitate the timely departures/arrivals of the freight trains.
  • Supervised the movement of inbound and outbound trains and yard crews to maintain consistent car scheduling and departure times.
  • Prepare daily work list for train crews performing duties within the Yard Limits of Williamson Rail Yard, WV.