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!
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.
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.