Steam Rail

Steam rail service 60163 at Woking

Steam Rail Services

DB Cargo UK has provided the crew for some of the world’s most famous steam locomotives including the Flying Scotsman, and Tornado.


First introduced in the 19th Century, steam trains continue to be seen on our railways and are a form of leisure and enjoyment for people of all ages. DB Cargo UK is one of only two companies still able to operate steam locomotives on the country’s mainlines.

DB Cargo UK’s specialist staff have decades of experience and are trained traction inspectors, drivers and firemen.

 Steam services DB Cargo UK offers are:

  • Staff to fully crew steam services
  • Arrangement of train paths
  • Arrangement of steam locomotive and carriage hire
  • A full steam package including all the above - if you want to run a steam locomotive, DB Cargo UK can make the full arrangements

Get in touch with our expert.

Richard Corser

Account Manager, DB Cargo UK


Our company traces its ability to offer steam hauled services nationwide back to the days of British Rail and has operated many hundreds of steam charters across Great Britain through Rail Express Systems (RES), English, Welsh & Scottish Railway (EWS) and now DB Cargo UK.

This includes many of the most famous British steam locomotives from the 1903 built GWR 4-4-0 ‘City of Truro’ to the recently built LNER A1 Pacific ‘Tornado’.

Regular steam operation forms part of contracts held with Belmond British Pullman and the Torbay Express, as well as other steam services covering most of the UK.