Growing up in Palm Springs, California, Gabriel Treleani enjoyed counting the rail cars traveling alongside Interstate 10. Now, the 19-year railroader gets to inspire the next generation of dreamers.
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“I love it,” said Treleani, locomotive engineer. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
Whether he’s using Energy Management Systems or manually operating a consist, Treleani and his train crew pay close attention to various factors like grade, curve, signals and in-train forces while keeping slow orders and track conditions in mind.
“My favorite thing is to work on local jobs, switching rail cars back and forth,” Treleani said. “I just think it’s cool to operate trains, and I’ve become good at it.”
The Las Vegas-based locomotive engineer knows railroading takes a team – and he’s thankful for the Rocky Mountain Service Unit conductors as they efficiently switch cars to complete each job with fewer moves.
“I’m kind of a perfectionist,” he said. “My train can be 2-miles long, and I can get it from point A to point B safely. That’s a big responsibility; I take it seriously.”
Treleani has worked nearly two decades without a reportable injury and is focused on maintaining his perfect safety streak.
His method? 100% focus each day.
During his free time, Treleani enjoys bowling, an activity he started during childhood as a league bowler. He recently averaged a score of 211 for a three-game series.