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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 November 10, 2014.

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January 13-14: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
LS&I 2-8-0 #734 powers a two-day charter plus night photo session - Cumberland, Maryland
More information: Lerro Productions
Photos: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photos

NOVEMBER 2014

November 15: Orrville Railroad Heritage Society "Orrville Autumn Express"
All-day excursion to Medina on the Wheeling & Lake Eric Railway - Orrville, Ohio
More information: Orrville Railroad Heritage Society

November 22-23: 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
Photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Winter Gallery

November 26 - December 18: Canadian Pacific 2014 Holiday Train
CPR's annual Holiday Train travels throughout the Northeast, Midwest, and across Canada
For more information: Canadian Pacific Railway

November 28-29: Holiday Express Excursions to Moscow
Diesel-powered excursions from Scranton to Moscow, Pennsylvania on the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad
More information: Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society (ELDCPS)
Photos: Steamtown Excursion Photos

November 28-30: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation "Holiday Express"
SP&S 4-8-4 #700 powers hourly trips from Oaks Amusement Park, Portland, Oregon
More information: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation

November 28-30: 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
Photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Winter Gallery

November 29: Minersville Santa Claus Train Rides
Reading & Northern #425 and CNJ #113 power 1-hour excursions from Minersville, Pennsylvania
More information: Railway Restoration Project 113
Photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

November 30: Holiday Express Excursions to Gouldsboro
Diesel-powered excursions from Scranton to Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania on the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad
More information: Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society (ELDCPS)
Photos: Steamtown Excursion Photos

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DECEMBER 2014

December 5-7: Milwaukee Road 261 "North Pole Express"
Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 leads short trips from St. Paul Union Depot, Minnesota
More information: Friends of the 261
Photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos

December 5-7: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation "Holiday Express"
SP&S 4-8-4 #700 powers hourly trips from Oaks Amusement Park, Portland, Oregon
More information: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation

December 5-7: 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
Photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Winter Gallery

December 6: Holiday Express Excursions to Moscow
Diesel-powered excursions from Scranton to Moscow, Pennsylvania on the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad
More information: Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society (ELDCPS)
Photos: Steamtown Excursion Photos

December 6: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Santa Train"
45-minute excursions on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn, Virginia
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

December 7: Holiday Express Excursions to Gouldsboro
Diesel-powered excursions from Scranton to Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania on the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad
More information: Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society (ELDCPS)
Photos: Steamtown Excursion Photos

December 12-14: Milwaukee Road 261 "North Pole Express"
Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 leads short trips from St. Paul Union Depot, Minnesota
More information: Friends of the 261
Photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos

December 12-14: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation "Holiday Express"
SP&S 4-8-4 #700 powers hourly trips from Oaks Amusement Park, Portland, Oregon
More information: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation

December 12-14: 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
Photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Winter Gallery

December 13: Jersey Central Chapter NRHS "Santa Train"
Santa special operates over NJ Transit from Somerville and Westfield to High Bridge, New Jersey
For more information: Jersey Central Chapter, National Railroad Historical Society

December 13: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Santa Train"
45-minute excursions on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn, Virginia
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

December 14: Minersville Santa Claus Train Rides
Reading & Northern #425 and CNJ #113 power 1-hour excursions from Minersville, Pennsylvania
More information: Railway Restoration Project 113
Photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

December 19-21: Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society "Santa Express"
Jeff Pontius's Penn Valley Lines vintage train operates from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
More information: Bellefonte Railroad Historical Society

December 19-21: 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
Photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Winter Gallery

December 20: Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway Museum "Victorian Christmas"
Steam train rides and horse-drawn sleigh rides during this one-day annual event in Alna, Maine
More information: WW&F Railway Museum

JANUARY 2015

January 3: Conway Scenic Railroad "Steam in the Snow" Photographer's Special
Grand Trunk 0-6-0 #7470 leads an excursion with runbys to Notchland from North Conway, New Hampshire
* this will be the last excursion with 7470 before a required inspection and rebuild
More information: Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts
Photos: Conway Scenic Railroad Photos

January 13-14: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
LS&I 2-8-0 #734 powers a two-day charter plus night photo session - Cumberland, Maryland
More information: Lerro Productions
Photos: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photos

FEBRUARY 2015

February 6-8: 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
Photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular

February 13-15: 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
Photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular

February 14-15: St. Marys Railroad Wild West Steam Express
Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 pulls two weekends of excursions - St. Marys, Georgia
More information: St. Marys Railroad

February 14-15: Durango & Silverton "Winter Photo Train"
Annual photo special to Cascade Canyon, plus night photo session in Durango, Colorado
More information: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Photos

February 16: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
First of several 2015 steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon using 2-8-2 #4960 - Williams, Arizona
More information: Grand Canyon Railway
Photos: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Photos

February 21-22: St. Marys Railroad Wild West Steam Express
Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 pulls two weekends of excursions - St. Marys, Georgia
More information: St. Marys Railroad

MARCH 2015

March 14: Pere Marquette 1225 “Return to Clare” Excursion
Pere Marquette #1225 powers an excursion (with photo runby) from Owosso to the Clare Irish Festival in Clare, MI
More information: Railyard Productions
Photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery

JUNE 2015

June 14-20: NRHS 2015 Convention
Annual convention featuring seven days of special excursions and tours - Rutland, Vermont
More information: National Railway Historical Society (NRHS)

SEPTEMBER 2015

September 3-10: White Pass & Yukon Railroad Photo Charter
8-day charter includes both steam locomotives (2-8-0 #69 & 2-8-2 #73) plus Alco diesels - Skagway, Alaska
More information: Trains & Travel International

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 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
Photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Photos

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