I recently went in a train with a steam locomotive. It's fascinating the way they work. I was wondering if it's possible to ride in the locomotive itself. Maybe even "drive" it, heat the furnace, and learn more about how it works. That would be a big plus!

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    I can think of several in the UK alone! Such as Swanage Railway - Drive a Train in Dorset is just one
    – Gagravarr
    Commented Jun 18, 2015 at 20:34
  • I never thought this was so popular and with so many options. I changed the question to know of resources listing places.
    – nsn
    Commented Jun 19, 2015 at 11:03
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    Great question, to bad there is this recurring pedantic atmosphere now of closing good questions :(. Anyway. Wikipedia is your friend: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_heritage_railways
    – user141
    Commented Jun 19, 2015 at 11:24

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I know three places in Germany where this is possible:

The first two offer active participation, while the last one only allows standing in the locomotive.

I would guess that some other steam locomotive clubs would allow others to participate as well, if you ask.

  • The last one (which i can recommend from personal experience) has an English version of the web site as well. However, the English version misses the sentence that you should wear dark, old clothing due to the exposure to coal. Commented Jun 18, 2015 at 21:55
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    @neo There is this site for switzerland: railevent.ch/pages/en/default_en.php Can you please add it to your list? I think it would be bad to create another answer with just this link ^^
    – RononDex
    Commented Jun 19, 2015 at 13:47

This website provides details of Scenic railways and heritage train rides in Europe.This might be helpful. http://traintraveling.com/europe/tourist-train-rides/index.html#austria


Russian Railways have steam locomotive trips. Schedule and programme varies, I'm yet to try it myself.


Doesn't seem to have an English version.


Many heritage railways in the UK offer such a service - a quick search for "Steam Locomotive Driing Experience" brings up loads.

There is also the Wolstyn experience www.thewolsztynexperience.org in Poland, which allows you to drive a steam locomotive in regular service.

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