Everyone gets excited as they hear the thrilling hiss of the engine, turns up their noses in delight at the smell of the steam. Volunteers make sure everyone's safely on board and settled in one of the beautifully restored Edwardian and Victorian carriages.
On some trains you can even travel in Queen Victoria's original saloon, accompanied by some of Queen Victoria's favourite delicacies with a glass of champagne.
The route is only five miles long, chugging through the Dales countryside between Embsay and Bolton Abbey station. If you want to see the trains in motion and take pictures you can stop off en route at Holywell Halt. From Bolton Abbey station, it's a leisurely mile and a half walk to the Abbey ruins and Bolton Abbey Estate.
The railway is volunteer-run and doesn't receive any grants towards its running costs so they have to be enterprising to cover the costs of services and their ongoing restoration programme. You can book meals on board as part of their services and special events, ranging from cooked breakfasts, ploughman's lunches, beautifully presented afternoon teas, Sunday roasts, curries, wine and cheese tastings. Events include Santa Specials, a 1940s weekend, and Halloween Specials.
If you'd like to treat someone, you could buy them the chance to do something really different: a Signal Box Experience, controlling the locos and trains; and the Footplate Experience. The Footplate Experience sounds incredible - it offers the opportunity to run over the full line and pull a complete service train, with spaces on the train for your family!
It's best to book in advance. Steam trains run on Sundays in Winters, then more frequently during the rest of the year until daily in August. See the full timetable here.