Vicki Trepicione is LIRR's Most Senior Engineer

<p>The Long Island Rail Road's senior locomotive engineer is Victoria "Vicki" Trepicione, who has 31 years in the cab. This is the first time that a woman has the most seniority on the engineer's list in the Long Island Rail Road's 176-year history.</p><p><img style="float:left;margin-right:8px;" title="Vicki Trepicione is LIRR's Most Senior Engineer" alt="Vicki Trepicione is LIRR's Most Senior Engineer" class="frame" src="/sites/default/files/archive/imgs/Trepicione_in_cab.jpg">"My sister was a conductor and I was just a kid in college still deciding what I wanted to do," she said. "This was the best decision I ever made."</p><p>Trepicione, who lives in Babylon with her husband and two children, handles four runs a day, starting with a Babylon to Penn Station route. "The equipment has improved a lot over the years," said Trepicione, who's driven M-1s, M-3s and the current M-7s. </p><p>Another big change on the Railroad is a lot more women are working here, she said. But the average customer doesn't know who's in the engineer's cab if everything is going well. The biggest issue in operating a train is Mother Nature she said, "You're out there in all sorts of weather."</p><p>Trepicione moved into the top spot on the engineer's list at the end of 2010.</p>