So, as you might imagine, I was bouncing up and down with excitement when I happened to see, at the weekend, the news of the first run of the new Peppercorn Class locomotive, Tornado.
The first steam engine built to run on the UK mainline for almost 50 years has made a successful trial run.
Tornado was funded and assembled by steam enthusiasts in Darlington in an 18-year project costing £3m.
The 72ft (22 metre) engine is based on the Peppercorn A1 locomotive, which British Railways withdrew from service in the 1960s.
The loco made its first public move under its own steam on Friday morning in front of a crowd of onlookers.
Once fully running and certified it will be used to haul charter trains operating on Network Rail.
And now, via the Libertarian Alliance blog, here are a couple of videos of the Tornado in action...
Beautiful: absolutely beautiful. One of these days, I shall ride in a carriage behind that engine. In the meantime, perhaps I should pay another trip to the Bluebell Railway...