Promoted Fangirl: Rosario Dawson has made mention of her Trekkie roots, and here she is assisting Captain Kirk in a rescue mission.
Shout-Out: To Silver Streak - an AWVR official named Gene Devereaux is interviewed at one point. Gene Wilder starred in Silver Streak, and the villain was named Roger Devereaux.
While there are Real Place Background spots in the movie where No Communities Were Harmed, they all have fake names to cover up their actual real-world locals. The only place in the movie that gets any semblance of realism is the mention of Horseshoe Curve (a railfan's wet dream in most cases) and the giant bridge / curve which is physically located in Bellaire, Ohio but in the movie gets a huge leap to Scranton, Pa (according to map, renamed to Stranton for the movie)
The reason for the leap was made more clear in commentary for the movie reviews; apparently the director happened to be a railfan also and figured Scranton, Pa where the real life Railroad Museum Steam Town U.S.A. exists would be a perfect place to end it.