For awhile I had a position where a mechanic & electrician would chase high priority trains. Rumor had it that it carried money to another federal reserve bank up north because the railroad police would also ride on the train or follow it also.<quoted text>I've always wanted to ride in one of those and go where no car goes into the mountains and across the bridges, etc. Very cool - like an off road four wheeler adventure.
Nearby where I live is old High Bridge, a rusting testament to the route railways took from the mountains down to Central Kentucky. You might like this link:
When I was young, my grandparents took us on the last passenger train trip down from Appalachia from Estill County to Lexington. I just remember crossing a bridge so high I thought we were flying in an airplane.
We would follow the train from a little yard called the "Shops" located in downtown LA and we would follow it all the way to a city called Auga Dulce, Ca. Then another crew from Bakersfield would take over.
Mechanical crew are not technically allowed to ride on trailing units but if you know the train crew they don't care.
What I did do is allow my kids to go onto a single engine locomotive and let them go back and forth and operate it. They love blowing the horn the most.