I recently had a chance to ride on a train pulled by a 1944 steam engine. The excursion ran from Joliet, Il to LaSalle Street Station in downtown Chicago. Dinner was provided at the station and we enjoyed a band throughout the evening.
Many riders decided to attend in late 1940’s/early ’50s clothing. If you ever see that the Ft. Wayne Railroad Historical Society is going to run a train in your area, by all means, go for it.