However, I cannot recall anyone hijacking a train
Actually, trains have been highjacked before. Not crashed into buildings, let alone driven to Cuba but still.
In the mid 70s freedom fighters from the Molluken (sp?) where trying to get free from Indonesia. They had declared independence in 1950. Indonesia invaded less than half a year later.
The Mollukers where always staunch supporters of their former coloniser, the Dutch. They felt that we let them down (and I would agree with them). They felt that not enough attention was given to them and decided to highjack a commuter train.
This was the 2nd of december 1975, and was the first in a line of highjackings. Also the first train highjacking in world history as a matter of fact.
The local train between Groningen en Zwolle is highjacked and stopped in the middle of a open field near Wijster. The police tried to stall for time, the highjackers were not quite so patient and shot a hostage: a soldier on leave. By that time the driver of the train had already been killed. Later another hostage is murdered.
On day 13 the highjackers surrender. They feared that punishment actions would be held in the Molukkes by Indonesia. A highjacking of the Indonesian embassy held at the same time ends as well.
The police did not use any violence, pretty much a first at that time. Nowadays this approach is refered to as the "Dutch approach".
May 23rd 1977 and another train is highjacked, this time the train stops near "De Punt" in the middle of nowhere. An elementary school is highjacked as well. After two weeks the military decides to end it.
The kids are given a laxative making them rather... well.. they felt like sh*t.
The government pulled up another story of course. The kids cought meningitis and needed immediate treatment. The highjackers of the school let them go and surrender. No violence there.
Now the train is another story entirely. The military storms it the 11th of June. Two F104 fighter jets fly supersonic over the length of the train (impressive video pictures are available somewhere). This had two advantages, the hostages would duck for cover and the glass in the train would be gone in an instant making it easier for special forces to enter. A barrage of bullets is fired as well. 15,000 bullets killing 8 people, regrettebly including 2 hostages.
Just before the attack started the military used NVGs and listening devices to pinpoint the exact location of the highjackers, most of them on the balconies to prevent people leaving. Additional machine guns where aimed at those locations, it must have been a massacre. Officially this was done to prevent people (highjackers) from leaving the train.
A programma about this was broadcast on Dutch TV
a few months back. This is their website that has quite some background information on the highjackings, in Dutch only...