Steam locomotives, as a regular form of rail travel, were phased out in the 1960s - but for many they still represent a golden age.
In the East there are a number of enthusiasts keen to keep the experience alive including the Bure Valley, North, and Mid Norfolk, Mid Suffolk and Colne Valley to name but a handful. Elsewhere the Nene Valley Railway near Peterborough is also running a healthy heritage service.
For the past 20 years they've been offering the chance for enthusiasts to get on the footplate and take control of a steam locomotive.
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