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Railfan Events & Train Excursions Calendar

This page provides a calendar of upcoming railfan events and excursions throughout North America. For tourist railroads offering regularly scheduled excursions, please see the Tourist Railroads & Museums Pages. To add your event or excursion to this page, please Submit Your Event. Last updated August 29, 2016.

SEPTEMBER 2016

August 28 - September 5: 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 1-5: Midwest Old Threshers Reunion
Midwest Central Railroad operates steam locomotives during the festival - Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
More information: Midwest Central Railroad

September 2-5: Hesston Steam & Power Show 2016
Three gauges of operating steam trains plus steam tractor, saw mill, crane, and more - La Porte, Indiana
More information: Hesston Steam Museum

September 3: Conway Scenic Railroad "Railfans Day"
Diesel-powered excursions plus night photo session - North Conway, New Hampshire
More information: Conway Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Conway Scenic Railroad Photos

September 3: 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: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

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September 3: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon using 2-8-2 #4960 or 2-8-0 #29 - Williams, Arizona
More information: Grand Canyon Railway
Related photos: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Photos

September 3-4: Steamtown Railfest 2016
Diesel-powered excursions to Moscow; short train rides behind Baldwin 0-6-0 #26; trolley rides from the Electric City Trolley Museum; locomotive shop tours and demonstrations - Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site Railfest 2016
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

September 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

September 7-10: 36th National Narrow Gauge Convention
Annual convention includes tours to the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes (including three photo sessions), Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington, and Boothbay Railway Village - Augusta, Maine
More information: National Narrow Gauge Convention

September 10: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Photo Special
2-8-0 steam locomotive #1702 leads an excursion to Nantahala Gorge with photo runbys - Dillsboro, NC
More information: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

September 10: Painesville Depot Rail Fanning Day
Watch and photograph CSX trains passing the historic Painesville Depot - Painesville, Ohio
More information: Western Reserve Railroad Association

September 10-11: Tennessee Valley Railfest
Steam train rides, demonstrations, and exhibits - Chattanooga, Tennessee
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

September 10-11: New Jersey Museum of Transportation "Railroader's Weekend"
Several vintage diesel locomotives in operation, plus shop tours and exhibits - Farmingdale, New Jersey
More information: New Jersey Museum of Transportation

September 10-11: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Photo Special
Two diesel-powered excursions each day including rare mileage - Leadville, Colorado
More information: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

September 17: Everett Railroad "Steam Into The Cove"
Alco 2-6-0 steam locomotive #11 powers a 27-mile round-trip excursion from Holidaysburg to Martinsburg, PA
More information: Everett Railroad

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September 17: Grand Canyon Railway 115th Anniversary
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon using 2-8-2 #4960 or 2-8-0 #29 - Williams, Arizona
More information: Grand Canyon Railway
Related photos: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Photos

September 17-18: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad "Steam in the Valley"
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads excursions from Independence, Ohio (Saturday) and Akron, Ohio (Sunday)
More information: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

September 17-18: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Photo Special
Two diesel-powered excursions each day including rare mileage - Leadville, Colorado
More information: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

September 17-18: Monticello Railway Museum "Railroad Days"
Vintage steam and diesel-powered passenger and freight trains including Southern Railway 2-8-0 steam locomotive #401 - Monticello, Illinois
More information: Monticello Railway Museum

September 23-25: 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 24: Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Day
Train rides, displays, demonstrations, and tours of historic Muddy Creek Forks, Pennsylvania
More information: Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society

September 24: Grand Canyon Railway "Man vs. Machine"
Special steam-powered excursion (departing 7am) to the Grand Canyon with 2-8-0 #29 - Williams, Arizona
More information: Grand Canyon Railway
Related photos: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Photos

September 24-25: Durango & Silverton "Fall Photographers Train"
Annual photo specials to Silverton plus night session out on the line (Saturday only) - Durango, Colorado
More information: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Related photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Photos

September 24-25: Muni Heritage Weekend
Vintage streetcars operate in San Francisco, California
More information: Market Street Railway

September 24-25: 7th Annual Folsom Railroad Festival
Train rides, motorcar rides, model train displays, antique tractors, and entertainment - Folsom, California
More information: Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad

September 24-25: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Photo Special
Two diesel-powered excursions each day including rare mileage - Leadville, Colorado
More information: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

September 24-25: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad "Steam in the Valley"
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads excursions from Independence, Ohio (Saturday) and Akron, Ohio (Sunday)
More information: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

September 27 - October 2: Galloping Goose Excursions on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Excursions from Antonito, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico with Galloping Goose #5
More information: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

OCTOBER 2016

October 1: Steam Railroading Institute "Fall Color Tour"
Diesel-powered excursion from Petoskey to Fife Lake, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute

October 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: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

October 1: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon using 2-8-2 #4960 or 2-8-0 #29 - Williams, Arizona
More information: Grand Canyon Railway
Related photos: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Photos

October 1-2: Galveston Railroad Days
Excursion from Galveston to Brenham plus Amtrak Exhibit Train and BNSF Business Cars on display
More information: Galveston Railroad Museum

October 1-2: 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 1-2: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway "Autumn Leaf" Excursion
Diesel-powered fall foliage excursions from Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Excursion Photos

October 4-5: Cumbres & Toltec Fall Photo Freight Charter
Rio Grande #463 and a K-36 lead photo freights between Chama, New Mexico and Osier, Colorado
More information: Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Photos

October 7-9: Milwaukee Road 261 Steam Excursions on the Twin Cities & Western Railroad
Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 leads three excursions from Minneapolis, Minnesota
More information: Friends of the 261
Related photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos

October 8: Steam Railroading Institute "Fall Color Tour"
Diesel-powered excursion from Cadillac to Mancelona, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute

October 8: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Autumn Leaf Rambler"
Two excursions on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn to New Canton, Virginia and return
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

October 8: 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 Photos

October 8: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum Fall Foliage Express
Rare mileage excursions over the typically freight-only Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad - Lakeville, New York
More information: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

October 8: 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: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

October 8-9: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway "Autumn Leaf" Excursions
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers excursions from Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, PA
More information: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

October 15: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Autumn Leaf Rambler"
Two excursions on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn to New Canton, Virginia and return
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

October 15: Steam Railroading Institute "Fall Color Tour"
Diesel-powered excursion from Mt. Pleasant to Cadillac, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute

October 15: Painesville Depot Rail Fanning Day
Watch and photograph CSX trains passing the historic Painesville Depot - Painesville, Ohio
More information: Western Reserve Railroad Association

October 15: 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: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

October 15: 470 Railroad Club "Crawford Notch Excursion"
Diesel-powered excursion with photo runbys on the Conway Scenic RR from North Conway to Fabyans, NH
More information: 470 Railroad Club
Related photos: Conway Scenic Railroad Photos

October 15-16: New River Train Excursions
Diesel-powered excursions from Huntington to Hinton, West Virginia, through the New River Gorge
More information: Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society

October 15-16: Sumpter Valley Railroad Photographer's Weekend
Photo runbys with Mikado #19, Heisler #3, and historic freight and passenger equipment - Baker City, Oregon
More information: Sumpter Valley Railroad
Related photos: Sumpter Valley Railroad Photos

October 15-16: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway "Autumn Leaf" Excursions
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers excursions from Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, PA
More information: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

October 16: 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 Photos

October 21-23: Bellefonte Railroad Historical Society "Fall Foliage Excursions"
Two excursions per day from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, including a Saturday trip with layover in Tyrone
More information: Bellefonte Railroad Historical Society

October 22: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Autumn Leaf Rambler"
Two excursions on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn to New Canton, Virginia and return
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

October 22-23: 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: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

October 22-23: New River Train Excursions
Diesel-powered excursions from Huntington to Hinton, West Virginia, through the New River Gorge
More information: Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society

October 22-23: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway "Autumn Leaf" Excursion
Diesel-powered fall foliage excursions from Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Excursion Photos

October 23: Steamtown Excursion to Cresco
Diesel-powered round-trip excursion to Cresco from Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site
Related photos: Steamtown Photos

October 29: Mass Bay RRE's "Two Rivers Steam Special" on the Providence & Worcester Railroad
All-day excursion on the P&W and Amtrak from Worcester, Massachusetts to Old Saybrook, Connecticut, then steam-powered excursion (with photo runby) over all operable track on the Valley Railroad
More information: Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts
Related photos: Valley Railroad Photos

October 29-30: North Carolina Transportation Museum Autumn Train Excursions
Round-trip excursions from the museum to Charlottesville, Virginia (Saturday) and Toccoa, Georgia (Sunday) using Amtrak and vintage equipment - Spencer, North Carolina
More information: NC Transportation Museum

October 29-30: 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: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

NOVEMBER 2016

November 5: Pere Marquette 1225 “75th Birthday Excursion"
Pere Marquette #1225 powers an excursion from Owosso to Clare, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery

November 5: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Photo Special
2-8-0 steam locomotive #1702 leads an excursion to Nantahala Gorge with photo runbys - Dillsboro, NC
More information: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

November 5: 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: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

November 5: Strasburg Rail Road "Rosie the Riveter" Photo Shoot
Evening photo shoot with female hostlers and reenators in the railroad's shop and yard - Strasburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Strasburg Rail Road Photos

November 12-13: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special" DOUBLEHEADER
Southern 2-8-0 #630 and 2-8-2 #4501 doublehead from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

November 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

November 25-27: 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 2016

December 2-4: 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 3: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Santa Train"
45-minute excursions on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn, Virginia
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

December 4: Minersville Santa Claus Train Rides
CNJ 0-6-0 #113 powers excursions from Minersville, Pennsylvania
Details forthcoming: Railway Restoration Project 113

December 9-11: 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 10: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Santa Train"
45-minute excursions on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn, Virginia
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

December 16-18: 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 18: Minersville Santa Claus Train Rides
CNJ 0-6-0 #113 powers excursions from Minersville, Pennsylvania
Details forthcoming: Railway Restoration Project 113

JANUARY 2017

January 14-15: Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Winter Photographic Weekend
Photo opportunities with WW&F #9, Monson #3, and Bridgton & Saco River coach #11 - Alna, Maine
More information: Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum

January 21-22: Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Winter Photographic Weekend
Photo opportunities with WW&F #9, Monson #3, and Bridgton & Saco River coach #11 - Alna, Maine
More information: Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum

FEBRUARY 2017

February 7-8: Grand Canyon Railway Photo Charter
Two-day charter with 2-8-0 #29 and 2-8-2 #4960 - Williams, Arizona
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Grand Canyon Railway Photos

February 10-12: 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 17-19: 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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