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Railfan Events & Excursions Calendar

This page provides a calendar of upcoming railfan events and excursions throughout North America. For tourist railroads offering regularly scheduled steam excursions, please see the Tourist Railroads & Museums Pages. To add your event or excursion to this page, please Submit Your Event. Last updated May 26, 2015.

FEATURED EVENTS

August 9-11: Chama Steam Railfan Days
2-day photo freight w/ Rio Grande #463 running Chama, NM to Antonito, CO and return + night photo shoot Aug. 9
More information: Chama Steam Excursions

September 18-20: North Platte Rail Fest
Annual celebration with railroad equipment displays, Bailey Yard tours, model train expo, art show, food, entertainment, carnival rides, and more - North Platte, Nebraska
More information: North Platte Rail Fest

October 23-24: Chama Steam Fall Classic Triple Header
1-day triple-header photo freight w/ Rio Grande #463 and two K-36 steam locomotives running Chama, NM to Cumbres and Osier and return. Night photo shoot Oct. 23.
More information: Chama Steam Excursions

MAY 2015

May 28: NC Transportation Museum "Fired Up! 611 Photo Charter"
Photo runbys with N&W 611 leading passenger and freight consists, plus night photo session - Spencer, NC
More information: NC Transportation Museum

May 30: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Spencer, NC to Roanoke, VA
Norfolk & Western #611 leads a one-way "homecoming" excursion from NC Transportation Museum to Roanoke
More information: Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule

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May 30-31: Walkersville Southern Railroad Steam Trains
Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 pulls regular excursions, plus railfan special with runbys - Walkersville, MD
More information: Walkersville Southern Railroad

May 30-31: Lake Shore Railway Association Leviathan Steam Weekend with replica Lincoln Funeral Car
Leviathan 4-4-0 #63 leads excursions over the former Lorain & West Virginia Railway - Wellington, Ohio
More information: Lake Shore Railway Association

JUNE 2015

June 6: Steam Railroading Institute "Back to the Bricks" Cadillac Special
Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225 leads an excursion from Mt. Pleasant to Cadillac, plus side trip north to Manton, MI
More information: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery

June 6: Newport & Narragansett Bay Railroad Special
Charter train covers all 12 miles of the Newport & Narragansett Bay RR - Newport, Rhode Island
More information: Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts

June 6: Mohawk, Adirondack & Northern Railroad Fan Trip
Charter train from Utica to Boonville, including freight-only trackage north of Remsen - Utica, NY
More information: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

June 6: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon using 2-8-2 #4960 - Williams, Arizona
More information: Grand Canyon Railway
Related photos: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Photos

June 6: Steamtown Excursion to East Stroudsburg
104-mile round-trip diesel-powered excursion to East Stroudsburg from Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

June 6: 21st Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival
Model train displays, vendors, and hourly excursions on Virginia Railway Express - Manassas, Virginia
More information: Historic Manassas Inc

June 6-7: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Manassas to Front Royal
Norfolk & Western #611 leads three round-trip excursions from Manassas, VA to Front Royal, VA
More information: Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule

June 6-7: Lincoln Funeral Train at Painesville Railroad Museum
Tour a replica of the Lincoln Funeral Train at the Painesville Depot - Painesville, Ohio
More information: Painesville Railroad Museum

June 7: Skunk Train Photo Special
7-hour round-trip with photo runbys, pulled by Baldwin 2-8-2 #45 - Fort Bragg, California
More information: Skunk Train
Related photos: California & Western Railroad Photos

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June 13-14: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Lynchburg to Petersburg
Norfolk & Western #611 leads two round-trip excursions from Lynchburg, VA to Petersburg, VA
More information: Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule

June 14-20: NRHS 2015 Convention
Annual convention featuring seven days of special excursions and tours, including chartered trains on the Vermont Rail System and Saratoga & North Creek Railway - Rutland, Vermont
More information: National Railway Historical Society (NRHS)

June 26: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Bristol to Radford
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads an excursion from Bristol, Virginia to Radford, Virginia
More information: Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule

June 27: Steamtown Excursion to Delaware Water Gap
120-mile round-trip diesel-powered excursion to Delaware Water Gap from Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

June 27: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Bristol to Bulls Gap
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads an excursion from Bristol, Virginia to Bulls Gap, Tennessee
More information: Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule

June 27-28: Galesburg Railroad Days
Annual railroad festival and train show may include the replica Lincoln Funeral Train - Galesburg, Illinois
Details forthcoming: Galesburg Railroad Days

June 27-28: Rail Festival at Carillon Park
Live steam trains, historical exhibits, and model train displays - Dayton, Ohio
More information: Carillon Park Rail & Steam Society

June 28: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Bristol to Radford
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads an excursion from Bristol, Virginia to Radford, Virginia
More information: Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule

JULY 2015

July 3-5: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Roanoke to Lynchburg and Radford
Norfolk & Western #611 leads excursions each day (Lynchburg morning, Radford afternoon) from Roanoke, VA
More information: Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule

July 3-5: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Steam Excursions
Steam excursions with Santa Fe 4-6-2 #3415 from Abilene, Kansas
More information: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

July 4: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon using 2-8-2 #4960 - Williams, Arizona
More information: Grand Canyon Railway
Related photos: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Photos

July 4: Wilmington & Western Railroad "Fireworks Express"
WWRR 4-4-0 #98 pulls a train to the Hockessin fireworks show - Wilmington, Delaware
More information: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Related photos: Wilmington & Western Railroad Photos

July 4: Steamtown Excursion to East Stroudsburg
104-mile round-trip diesel-powered excursion to East Stroudsburg from Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

July 4-6: Nevada State Railroad Museum Railfair
Virginia & Truckee 4-6-0 #25, 4-4-0 Inyo, and McKeen Car to operate - Carson City, Nevada
More information: Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum

July 11-12: Omaha Railroad Days
Celebration at five area railroad-themed attractions including the UP Railroad Museum - Omaha, Nebraska
More information: Omaha Railroad Days

July 11-12: Arcade & Attica Railroad Civil War Re-Enactment
A&A 2-8-0 #18 leads three excursions with Civil War re-enactments - Arcade, New York
More information: Arcade & Attica Railroad
Related photos: Arcade & Attica Railroad Photo Gallery

July 18: Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days Train
Union Pacific E9 diesels powers the annual excursion from Denver, Colorado to Cheyenne, Wyoming and return
More information: Cheyenne Frontier Days Train
Related photos: Cheyenne Frontier Days Train Photos

July 18: Strasburg Rail Road "The Rolling Antique Auto Event"
Vintage automobiles pace the regular steam excursions in Strasburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Strasburg Rail Road
Related photos: Strasburg Rail Road Photo Gallery

July 18: Coney Island Nostalgia Train
Excursion with R1/9 cars of the Independent Subway from New York Transit Museum to Coney Island
More information: MTA Transit Museum

July 18-19: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Fort Wayne to Lafayette
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads two excursions from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Lafayette, Indiana
More information: Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Nickel Plate 765 on Norfolk Southern Steam Specials

July 18-19: Clamshell Railroad Days
Pullman car tour, rail history slideshow, and model train displays; Ilwaco, Washington
More information: Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

July 25: Painesville Depot Rail Fanning Day
Watch and photograph CSX trains passing the historic Painesville Depot - Painesville, Ohio
More information: The Painesville Railroad Museum

July 25-26: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Steam Excursions
Steam excursions with Santa Fe 4-6-2 #3415 from Abilene, Kansas
More information: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

July 25-26: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Youngstown to Ashtabula
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads two excursions from Youngstown, Ohio to Ashtabula, Ohio
More information: Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Nickel Plate 765 on Norfolk Southern Steam Specials

AUGUST 2015

August 1: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon using 2-8-2 #4960 - Williams, Arizona
More information: Grand Canyon Railway
Related photos: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Photos

August 1-2: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Buffalo to Corning
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads two excursions from Buffalo, New York to Corning, New York
More information: Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Nickel Plate 765 on Norfolk Southern Steam Specials

August 1-2: Huckleberry Railroad Railfan Weekend
Train rides with D&RGW K-27 2-8-2 #464 plus shop tours and photo extra (10am) - Flint, Michigan
More information: Huckleberry Railroad
Photos: Huckleberry Railroad Photo Gallery

August 8: Summerail at Cincinnati Union Terminal
Railroad slide presentations and model train show - Cincinnati, Ohio
More information: Cincinnati Railroad Club

August 9-11: Chama Steam Railfan Days
2-day photo freight w/ Rio Grande #463 running Chama, NM to Antonito, CO and return + night photo shoot Aug. 9
More information: Chama Steam Excursions
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Photos

August 14-16: Snoqualmie Railroad Days
Santa Cruz Portland Cement Co. #2 pulls trains, plus car show and entertainment - Snoqualmie, Washington
More information: Northwest Railway Museum

August 15: Orrville Railroad Days Festival
Train rides, track car rides, museum displays, and more - Orrville, Ohio
More information: Orrville Railroad Heritage Society

August 16: Three Rivers Rambler Photo Charter
Southern 2-8-0 #154 powers a photo freight with props and actors - Knoxville, Tennessee
More information: Dynamo Productions

August 17: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photo Charter
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a passenger train with props & actors, plus night photo session - Chattanooga, TN
More information: Dynamo Productions

August 21-23: Portola Railroad Days
Festival of railroad heritage in Portola, California
More information: Portola Railroad Days

August 22-23: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Allentown to Pittston (tentative)
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads two excursions from Allentown, Pennsylvania to Pittston, Pennsylvania
More information: Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Nickel Plate 765 on Norfolk Southern Steam Specials

August 30 - September 7: Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association "Steam Show"
Pennsy B4a 0-6-0 #643 operates during the annual steam show - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association

SEPTEMBER 2015

September 3-7: Midwest Old Threshers Reunion
Midwest Central Railroad operates steam locomotives during the festival - Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
More information: Midwest Central Railroad

September 4-7: Hesston Steam & Power Show 2015
Three gauges of operating steam trains plus steam tractor, saw mill, crane, and more - La Porte, Indiana
More information: Hesston Steam Museum

September 5: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon using 2-8-2 #4960 - Williams, Arizona
More information: Grand Canyon Railway
Related photos: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Photos

September 5-7: Steamtown Railfest 2015
Nickel Plate #765 leads excursions to Delaware Water Gap on Saturday & Monday; diesel-powered excursions to Moscow; trolley rides from the Electric City Trolley Museum; visiting locomotives TBA; locomotive shop tours and demonstrations - Scranton, Pennsylvania
Details forthcoming: Steamtown National Historic Site
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

September 5-7: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Steam Excursions
Steam excursions with Santa Fe 4-6-2 #3415 from Abilene, Kansas
More information: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

September 5 & 7: Niles Canyon Railway "Labor Day Steam"
Excursions with Southern Pacific 4-6-2 #2472 through Niles Canyon - Sunol, California
More information: Golden Gate Railroad Museum

September 11-13: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad "Steel Wheels Festival"
LS&I 2-8-0 #734 powers excursions to Frostburg, plus night photo sessions (including C&O #1309 under restoration), shop tours, and dinner train - Cumberland, Maryland
Details forthcoming: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photos

September 12-13: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Scranton to Nicholson
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads excursions from Steamtown to Tunkhannock Viaduct, with Lackawanna F3 diesels leading the return trip - Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Steamtown Photos

September 12-13: Tennessee Valley Railfest
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads excursions to Cleveland, TN, plus demonstrations & displays - Chattanooga, TN
Details forthcoming: Tennessee Valley Railroad

September 18-20: North Platte Rail Fest
Annual celebration with railroad equipment displays, Bailey Yard tours, model train expo, art show, food, entertainment, carnival rides, and more - North Platte, Nebraska
More information: North Platte Rail Fest

September 19: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon using 2-8-2 #4960 - Williams, Arizona
More information: Grand Canyon Railway
Related photos: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Photos

September 19-20: ATSF 3751 "San Diego Steam Special" (tentative)
AT&SF 4-8-4 #3751 pulls an excursion from Los Angeles Union Station to San Diego and return
Details forthcoming: Central Coast Chapter, NRHS

September 25-27: Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) Fall Festival
Hawaii 2-4-2 narrow gauge steam locomotive #5 expected to operate  - Kent, Connecticut
More information: Connecticut Antique Machinery Association

September 26-27: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Macon to Tennille
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads two excursions from Macon, Georgia to Tennille, Georgia
More information: Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule

September 26-27: Durango & Silverton "Fall Photographers Train"
Annual photo specials to Silverton plus night session in Durango, Colorado
More information: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Related photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Photos

September 26-27: Muni Heritage Weekend
Vintage streetcars operate in San Francisco, California
More information: Market Street Railway

OCTOBER 2015

October 3: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad "Oregon Coast Crawler"
McCloud 2-6-2 #25 leads an excursion from Garibaldi to the end of operable track at Salmonberry - Garibaldi, OR
More information: RailsNW
Related photos: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

October 3: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Southern #630 21st Century Steam Photos

October 3-4: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Atlanta to Toccoa
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads two excursions from Atlanta, Georgia to Toccoa, Georgia
More information: Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule

October 3-4: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway "Autumn Leaf" Excursions
Diesel-powered fall foliage excursion from Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Excursion Photos

October 3-4: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Steam Excursions
Steam excursions with Santa Fe 4-6-2 #3415 from Abilene, Kansas
More information: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

October 10: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Southern #630 21st Century Steam Photos

October 10: Steamtown Excursion to East Stroudsburg
104-mile round-trip diesel-powered excursion to East Stroudsburg from Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

October 10-11: Milwaukee Road 261 Steam Excursion to Duluth (tentative)
Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 leads a round-trip excursion from Minneapolis to Duluth, Minnesota
Details forthcoming: Friends of the 261
Related photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos

October 10-11: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway "Autumn Leaf" Excursions
GM&N 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers excursions from Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

October 15-20: Nevada Rail Spectacular
Six-day trip includes steam photo charters at the Nevada Northern and Virginia & Truckee, plus visits to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum and Nevada State Railroad Museum
More information: Trains & Travel International
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway and Virginia & Truckee Railroad

October 17: Mass Bay RRE's "Fall Circle Tour" on the Providence & Worcester Railroad
All-day excursion on the P&W from Worcester, Massachusetts to Providence and Groton
Details forthcoming: Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts

October 17: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Southern #630 21st Century Steam Photos

October 17-18: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway "Autumn Leaf" Excursions
GM&N 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers excursions from Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

October 18: Steamtown Excursion to Delaware Water Gap
120-mile round-trip diesel-powered excursion to Delaware Water Gap from Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

October 23-24: Chama Steam Fall Classic Triple Header
1-day triple-header photo freight w/ Rio Grande #463 and two K-36 steam locomotives running Chama, NM to Cumbres and Osier and return. Night photo shoot Oct. 23.
More information: Chama Steam Excursions
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Photos

October 24: Steamtown Excursion to East Stroudsburg
104-mile round-trip diesel-powered excursion to East Stroudsburg from Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

October 24: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway "Autumn Leaf" Excursion
Diesel-powered fall foliage excursion from Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Excursion Photos

October 24-25: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Southern #630 21st Century Steam Photos

October 26-27: Arcade & Attica Railroad "Railfan Days"
Photo runbys with A&A 2-8-0 #18 (facing south in afternoon) and GE 44 ton diesel between Arcade, Curriers, and Java Center, plus night photo session at the Arcade Shop - Arcade, New York
More information: Dynamo Productions
Related photos: Arcade & Attica Railroad Photo Gallery

October 31 - November 1: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Southern #630 21st Century Steam Photos

NOVEMBER 2015

November 7: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Southern #630 21st Century Steam Photos

November 14: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special" *DOUBLEHEADER*
Southern 2-8-0 #630 and 2-8-2 #4501 doublehead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Southern #630 21st Century Steam Photos

November 20-22 & 27-29: Steam Railroading Institute "North Pole Express"
Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225 powers the annual Christmas excursions from Owosso, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Winter Gallery

DECEMBER 2015

December 4-6 & 11-13 & 18-20: Steam Railroading Institute "North Pole Express"
Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225 powers the annual Christmas excursions from Owosso, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Winter Gallery

FEBRUARY 2016

February 12-14: Nevada Northern Railway "Winter Steam Photo Spectacular"
3-day weekend photographing freight and passenger trains with 2-8-0 #93 and 4-6-0 #40 - Ely, Nevada
More information: Nevada Northern Railway
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular

February 19-21: Nevada Northern Railway "Winter Steam Photo Spectacular"
3-day weekend photographing freight and passenger trains with 2-8-0 #93 and 4-6-0 #40 - Ely, Nevada
More information: Nevada Northern Railway
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular

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