What a great day! ...I enjoy the big diesel-electric locomotives. I was able to ride in the lead engine about 5 years ago when a car broke down on the tracks and I intervened to get the train stopped. While we were waiting for the wrecker to show up, I was talking with the lead engineer. I told him how much that I enjoyed trains and would really like to ride upfront sometime. He said today was my lucky day and that he would be glad to take me down the track about 10 miles to do a hook-up and then come back. This was at about 6 in the morning.
I was in my glory that day. I even got to sound the horn.