Every rail enthusiast dreams of the day when they are invited into the cab/footplate of a locomotive or train, however this is an occurance that is a lot rarer than it used to be in the heightened security climate of today and also due to incidents in the past. If a driver is caught with an unauthorised visitor in the cab, it could result in disciplinary action for the driver. Basically, if it happens to you … you are one of the lucky few who get to enjoy this unique experience – it is not encouraged by any means.
If you would like to experience a cab ride legally, the best place to go is to your local tourist railway. They are usually more than happy to show you where the driver sits and may even give you a ride.