Ever dreamt of driving a steam train? Well here is your opportunity.

To mark the 150th birthday of The South Devon Railway, the Herald Express newspaper has teamed up with the Dartmouth Steam Railway and the River Boat Company to offer one lucky person the chance to drive one of these locomotives.

The winner of the competition will be able to take the train and a set of coaches from Paignton and Kingswear and back in one of a number of events taking place over the weekend next month (August 15th to 17th).

This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and will be something that many railway enthusiasts have dreamt of for years. It is also a chance to travel along the heritage line in style, one which has been in the region since its first ever journey on August 16th, 1864.

For those not lucky enough to win they can purchase a place on the footplate on a train moving within Kingswear station for just £10.

Andrew Pooley, general manager of the Herald Express, explained: "This amazing prize will begin with a chance to look over an engine and have the workings of a steam loco described.

"The Dartmouth Steam Railway driver will then take the loco out to Goodrington to show how it all works, then you take the controls for the climb to Churston followed by the descent through the tunnel to Kingswear."

The newspaper will be producing a number of vouchers to collect, which will ensure entry into the prize draw and get one step closer to realising that dream of driving a real steam train.

South Devon's railway is a hugely popular heritage railway line running between the likes of Paignton, Dartmouth, Totnes, Torquay and Brixham. It is a big favourite with families and enthusiasts alike and is a great day for anyone with an interest in railways.