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Do engineers ever allow passengers in their locomotive?

I am a rail fan and I live in a town where a small short line operates. Is there any chance that the engineer might let me ride in the loco one afternoon, or is that always a no no?
Andy, as an engineer, what is the best way to approach the train crew and ask? Any helpful suggestions appreciated. Thanks.
I really appreciate all the input I am getting. IC Core, I fully understand where you are coming from, it makes scene. I just don't know how to become friendly with the crew without looking like a nut job. This short line really does not have much of a rail yard, most switching ect. appears to happen on private property, I don't want to trespass.

I've done it most of my career, until recently.

Now with the legal concerns, the penalty is much too great, I could risk being terminated.
In the past it would have just been a verbal reprimand.

If you could get permission from the RR, I would love to be able to share what I do and see with someone interested from time to time, but as they say "good luck with that".

Almost everyone can take their families to work, at least for a short tour of what they do, and we in the RR industry, having one of the most demanding unique jobs out there can't do it.

EDIT: I am pasting and copying an answer I gave quite some time back to a similar question about work place events:

"The question earleir about railfans and photographers reminded me of one that my Dad told.
Back on the Milwaukee, as you can imagine with the electric power it was quite popular with railfans, hardly a daylight trip went by someone wasnt out there taking pictures or movies. One day he was cutting out the helpers at Piedmont and there were a couple guys taking pictures, being a freindly sort of guy Dad started talking to them, they had all sorts of questions and Dad asked if one of them would like to ride back over the hill and the other one could drive to Butte Yard and pick him up, ohhmygosh yes!!
They flipped a coin to see who got to ride and the guy was beside himself the whole way, taking notes, snapping pictures, asking questions. Had a great time and thanked him most profusely.

A few months later the division Superintendant met Dad at the yard office and asked him to come into his office for a minute. The guy had written an article and it was published in one of the nationwide railfan magazines!
Of course there were pictures, the date, engine numbers, the crew name, everything.
The Super just said next time you let someone ride tell them to keep it quiet and ferchristsake dont put it in a godamned magazine!"

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