It is a lot of fun - we went on Brisbane's monthly "Steam Train Sunday" restored train and had a great time pretending we were back in the "olden days". It makes one appreciate the convenience of modern trains/transport too.
My husband has been badgering me to ask this question, but you've beaten me to the punch! Hahaha, he is a steam train enthusiast and absolutely loves riding them. I, on the other hand, have yet to ride on one.
L O V E them. Only two nights ago I saw that in the north of England they have brought one back into use for two services per day as the demand was so high. When we travel we try to find the local steams trains to take a ride in. There is something enchanting and nostalgic about steam train travel. We even did Thomas the Tank Engine in England. Marvellous.