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Old 01-23-2010, 02:38 AM   #21
WembYard
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Won't bore you all with the details, but I have probably had cab rides on most locomotive types that were around in the UK during the 1980s and early 1990s. Many of these were "official", despite not being train crew I had many trips acting as "pilotman" during a procedure called single line working where somebody from the operations side has to ride on the locomotive.

There were also other trips as back in the "good old days" the railway was like one big family so if you needed a lift / dropping off anywhere, then it was quite possible that somebody would help you out. Things are very different these days

I have also been lucky enough to have a few cab rides in various other countries, usually on special charter trains but, like the UK, things like this are much more tightly controlled now.

BTW, anybody visiting my favourite line, the RhB in Switzerland, can have a cab ride on certain sections, see HERE you just need to take out a mortgage first!
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