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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 January 30, 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

JANUARY 2015

January 31: Wilmington Chapter NRHS "Super Saturday Streetcar Special XXII"
Chartered PCC-2 trolley makes photo stops along Route 15 and other trackage in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
More information: Wilmington Chapter, National Railroad Historical Society

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
Related 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
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular

February 14: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway Valentine's Day Train
Diesel-powered excursion from Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Excursion Photos

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
Related 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
Related photos: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Photos

February 21-22: Orange Empire Railway Museum "Steam Weekend"
Ventura County 2-6-2 steam locomotive #2 is operating, plus trolleys  - Perris, California
More information: Orange Empire Railway Museum

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

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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
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery

APRIL 2015

April 6-9: La Plata Spring 2015 Railfan Event
Four days of railfanning in and around La Plata, Missouri
More information: TrainWeb

April 9-13: Amory Railroad Festival
Festival with entertainment, car show, and museum events, celebrating railroad history in Amory, Mississippi
More information: Amory Railroad Festival

April 18-19: Potomac Eagle Spring Photo Charter
Two-day charter powered by a B&O F7 & Chessie GP9, plus night photo session - Romney, West Virginia
More information: Chase Gunnoe Photography

April 25-26: South Carolina Railroad Museum Steam Weekend
Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 operates on the Rockton, Rion & Western RR - Winnsboro, South Carolina
Details forthcoming: South Carolina Railroad Museum

April: Sierra Railway Charter
Sierra Railway #3 powers a two-day charter at Jamestown, California. Contact Lerro Productions for details.
More information: Lerro Productions

MAY 2015

May 2-3 South Carolina Railroad Museum Steam Weekend
Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 operates on the Rockton, Rion & Western RR - Winnsboro, South Carolina
Details forthcoming: South Carolina Railroad Museum

May 2-3: Fullerton Railroad Days
Vintage and modern railroad equipment on display, plus model train layouts - Fullerton, California
More information: Fullerton Railroad Days

May 9: National Train Day
Activities, equipment displays, promotions, and entertainment at Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, and Los Angeles, plus additional events at stations and railroad museums nationwide
Details forthcoming: National Train Day

May 15-17: Cass Scenic Railroad Railfan Weekend
Three days of special excursions (Cheat Bridge and Bald Knob) plus night photo sessions - Cass, West Virginia
More information: Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association (MSR&LHA)
Related photos: Cass Railfan Weekend Photo Gallery

May 15-17: Cheyenne Depot Days & Union Pacific Steam Open House
Public tours of the UP steam shop and roundhouse, plus model trains and railroad art - Cheyenne, Wyoming
More information: Cheyenne Depot Museum
Related photos: Frontier Days Trains & Cheyenne Shops

May 16: Painesville Depot Rail Fanning Day
Watch and photograph CSX trains passing the historic Painesville Depot - Painesville, Ohio
More information: The Painesville Railroad Museum

May 16-17: 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 23-25: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Steam Excursions
Steam excursions with Santa Fe 4-6-2 #3415 from Abilene, Kansas
More information: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

May 23-25: Walkersville Southern Railroad Steam Trains
Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 pulls three excursions each day - Walkersville, Maryland
More information: Walkersville Southern Railroad

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

JUNE 2015

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

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 27-28: Galesburg Railroad Days
Annual railroad festival and train show in Galesburg, Illinois
More information: Galesburg Railroad Days

JULY 2015

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 4-6: 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
For 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
Details forthcoming: Cheyenne Frontier Days Train
Related photos: Cheyenne Frontier Days Train Photos

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

AUGUST 2015

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 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 consist, plus props and actors - Chattanooga, Tennessee
More information: Dynamo Productions

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 3-10: White Pass & Yukon Railroad Photo Charter cancelled, #69 unavailable
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 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 5-7: 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 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
Related photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Photos

OCTOBER 2015

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 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 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

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