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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 July 29, 2014.

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September 19-21: 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

AUGUST 2014

August 2: RailGiants Train Museum Night Photography Session
Night photography of Southern Pacific 4-10-2 #5021 and Santa Fe 4-6-4 #3450 - Pomona, California
More information: Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Southern California Chapter

August 2: Steamtown Excursion to Binghamton
120-mile round-trip excursion to Binghamton, powered by Nickel Plate 514 or F3 diesels - Scranton, PA
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site
Photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

August 2-3: Huckleberry Railroad Railfan Weekend
Train rides with D&RGW K-27 2-8-2 #464 plus shop tours and photo extra - Flint, Michigan
More information: Huckleberry Railroad
Photos: Huckleberry Railroad Photo Gallery

August 2-3: Naugatuck Railroad Steam Days
Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 pulls three weekends of excursions - Thomaston, Connecticut
More information: Railroad Museum of New England

August 2-3: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad "All Steamed Up"
Flagg Coal Co 0-4-0 steam locomotive #75 powers three weekends of steam excursions from Lebanon, Ohio
More information: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad

August 4: Arcade & Attica Railroad "Arcade August" Photo Special
A&A 2-8-0 #18 leads an excursion with photo runbys between Arcade, Arcade Jct., and Curriers - Arcade, NY
For more information: Dynamo Productions
Photos: Arcade & Attica Railroad Photo Gallery

August 8-10: Portola Railroad Days
Festival of railroad heritage in Portola, California
More information: Portola Railroad Days

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August 10: Steamtown Excursion to Dickson City
24-mile round-trip excursion to Dickson City, powered by Nickel Plate 514 or F3 diesels - Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site
Photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

August 12-13: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Mixed Freight
Two day round-trip to Antonito with #463 leading a mixed freight - Chama, New Mexico
More information: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Freight Train Photos

August 14-17: Durango & Silverton "True West Railfest"
Four days of special excursions to Cascade Canyon & Silverton, including a work train photo special and excursions with Galloping Goose #5 - Durango, Colorado
More information: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Photos

August 15-17: Snoqualmie Railroad Days
Santa Cruz Portland Cement Co. #2 pulls trains, plus car show and entertainment - Snoqualmie, Washington
More information: Northwest Railway Museum

August 16: Steamtown Excursion to Carbondale
36-mile round-trip excursion to Carbondale, powered by Nickel Plate 514 or F3 diesels - Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site
Photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

August 16: Orrville Railroad Days Festival
Train rides, track car rides, museum displays, and more - Orrville, Ohio
More information: Orrville Railroad Heritage Society

August 16-17: Howell Melon Festival Excursions
One-hour, diesel-powered train rides from Howell to Byron, Michigan
More information: Howell Melon Festival

August 16-17: Stonefield Railroad Days
Depot and caboose tours, model train layouts, and more - Stonefield, Wisconsin
More information: Wisconsin Historical Society

August 17: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum "Diesel Day"
Take a ride on one of several diesel locomotives or a caboose - Rush, New York
More information: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

August 22-24: Prairie Village Annual Steam Threshing Jamboree
Train rides with Duluth & Northeastern 0-6-0 steam locomotive #29 - Prairie Village, South Dakota
More information: Historic Prairie Village

August 23: Steamtown Excursion to Binghamton
120-mile round-trip excursion to Binghamton, powered by Nickel Plate 514 or F3 diesels - Scranton, PA
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site
Photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

August 24 - September 1: 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

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

August 29 - September 1: Hesston Steam & Power Show 2014
Three gauges of operating steam trains plus steam tractor, saw mill, crane, and more - La Porte, Indiana
More information: Hesston Steam Museum

August 30-31: Steamtown Railfest 2014
Diesel-powered excursions from Steamtown to Moscow; trolley rides from the Electric City Trolley Museum; visiting locomotives from Norfolk Southern; locomotive shop tours and demonstrations - Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site
Photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

August 30-31: Little River Railroad "Double Header Weekend"
Doubleheader with Little River 4-6-2 #110 and 0-4-0T #1, plus motorcar rides - Coldwater, Michigan
More information: Little River Railroad

August 30 - September 1: 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 30 - September 1: Niles Canyon Railway "Labor Day Steam Weekend"
Excursions with Southern Pacific 4-6-2 #2472 through Niles Canyon - Sunol, California
More information: Golden Gate Railroad Museum

SEPTEMBER 2014

September 1: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway "Anthracite Express" Photo Freight
GM&N 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers a mixed train with photo runbys from Port Clinton, Pennsylvania
More information: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

September 6-7: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad "Steam in the Valley"
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads excursions with photo runby from Brecksville, Ohio
For more information: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

September 6-7: Tennessee Valley Railfest
Steam excursion to Chickamauga, demonstrations, displays, and live entertainment - Chattanooga, Tennessee
For more information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Photos: Southern #630 21st Century Steam Photos

September 6-7: Tweetsie Railroad "Railroad Heritage Weekend"
Two days of steam trips with 4-6-0 #12 and 2-8-2 #190 - Blowing Rock, North Carolina
More information: Tweetsie Railroad
Photos: Tweetsie Railroad Railfan Weekend Photos

September 13: York-Durham Heritage Railway Railfan Day
Excursion with photo run-bys, plus equipment tours - Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada
For more information: York-Durham Heritage Railway

September 13: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway Fundraiser Excursion
GM&N 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers an excursion from Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

September 13: Mt. Washington Cog Railway Railfans Day
Steam excursions with runbys plus shop and museum tours - Mount Washington, New Hampshire
More information: Mt. Washington Cog Railway
Photos: Mt. Washington Cog Railway Photos

September 13-14: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad "Steam in the Valley"
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads excursions with photo runby from Akron and Peninsula (Boston Mill), Ohio
For more information: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

September 13-14: Conway Scenic Railroad "Railfans Weekend"
Diesel-powered excursions covering the entire route to Hazen (Whitefield), steam excursions to Bartlett and Conway, plus night photo session - North Conway, New Hampshire
More information: Conway Scenic Railroad
Photos: Conway Scenic Railroad Photos

September 13-14: 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
Photos: Arcade & Attica Railroad Photo Gallery

September 13-14: White Mountain Central Railroad "Railroad Days"
Climax, Baldwin, and Porter steam locomotives in operation, plus Railbus - Lincoln, New Hampshire
More information: White Mountain Central Railroad

September 19-21: 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 20-21: 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 26-28: 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), shop tours, Amtrak Exhibit train, dinner train, and diesel-powered trips to Maryland Junction - Cumberland, Maryland
More information: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Photos: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photos

September 26-28: 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 27: St. Louis Museum of Transportation "Go By Train"
Trolley rides, equipment displays, historical demonstrations, model trains, and more - St. Louis, Missouri
More information: St. Louis Chapter, NRHS

September 27-28: Durango & Silverton "Fall Photographers Train"
Annual photo specials to Silverton with red premium class coaches, plus night session in Durango, Colorado
More information: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Photos

September 27-28: Milwaukee Road 261 Steam Excursion to Duluth
Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 leads a round-trip excursion from Minneapolis to Duluth, Minnesota
More information: Friends of the 261
Photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos

September 27-30: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad "Chama Steam Fall Madness" Photo Charter
Three-day charter between Chama & Antonito with #463 and a K-36, overnighting in Osier - Chama, New Mexico
More information: Chama Steam
Photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Freight Train Photos

OCTOBER 2014

October 2-5: 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 4: Hurlock Heritage Days Fall Festival
Excursions on the Maryland & Delaware Railroad from Hurlock to Federalsburg, Maryland
Details forthcoming: Hurlock Maryland

October 4: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Photos: Southern #630 21st Century Steam Photos

October 4: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Autumn Leaf Rambler"
Excursion on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn to New Canton, Virginia and return
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

October 4: 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

October 4: 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
Photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Excursion Photos

October 4-5: St. Marys Railroad Steam Special
Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 pulls two weekends of excursions - St. Marys, Georgia
More information: St. Marys Railroad

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

October 11: 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

October 11: Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
Polson 2-8-2 #70 and Rayonier Shay #2 lead log and work trains with photo runbys - Elbe, Washington
More information: Lerro Productions

October 11: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Photos: Southern #630 21st Century Steam Photos

October 11: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Autumn Leaf Rambler"
Excursion on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn to New Canton, Virginia and return
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

October 11-12: St. Marys Railroad Steam Special
Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 pulls two weekends of excursions - St. Marys, Georgia
More information: St. Marys Railroad

October 11-12: 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
Photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

October 13: Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Photo Charter
Crossett Western 2-8-2T #10 leads a photo freight plus night photo session - Yacolt, Washington
More information: Lerro Productions

October 14: SP&S 700 Photo Charter
Afternoon and night photo sessions feature SP&S 4-8-4 #700 with actors and props - Portland, Oregon
More information: Lerro Productions

October 15-16: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
McCloud 2-6-2 #25 leads a two-day photo freight over the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad, including 40+ miles of operable track between Tillamook, Garibaldi, Wheeler, and Salmonberry, Oregon
More information: Lerro Productions

October 17-19: Bellefonte Railroad Historical Society "Fall Foliage Excursions"
Jeff Pontius's Penn Valley Lines vintage train operates from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Details forthcoming: Bellefonte Railroad Historical Society

October 18: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Autumn Leaf Rambler"
Excursion on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn to New Canton, Virginia and return
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

October 18: 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
Photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Excursion Photos

October 18-19: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Photos: Southern #630 21st Century Steam Photos

October 18-19: Sumpter Valley Railroad Photographer's Weekend
Photo runbys with Mikado #19 & Heisler #3 and historic freight/passenger equipment - Baker City, Oregon
More information: Sumpter Valley Railroad
Photos: Sumpter Valley Railroad Photos

October 24: "The Spirit of the Susquehanna" Bel-Del Photo Charter
Susquehanna 2-8-2 #142 with matching coaches, plus actors, props, and vehicles - Phillipsburg, New Jersey
More information: Blue Comet Productions
Photos: Belvidere & Delaware River Railway Photos

October 24-25: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad "Chama Steam Fall Classic" Photo Charter
Night photo session followed by a triple-header to Cumbres Pass and Osier - Chama, New Mexico
More information: Chama Steam
Photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Freight Train Photos

October 25-26: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Photos: Southern #630 21st Century Steam Photos

NOVEMBER 2014

November 1: Kiski Junction Railroad "Kiski Flyer" Photo Special
ALCo S-1 #7135 and EMD SW900 #126 power a photo special covering the entire KJR - Schenley, Pennsylvania
For more information: Dynamo Productions

November 1: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Photos: Southern #630 21st Century Steam Photos

November 1-2: North Carolina Transportation Museum Autumn Train Excursions
Round-trip excursions from the museum to Appomattox, Virginia (Saturday) and Toccoa, Georgia (Sunday) using Amtrak and vintage equipment - Spencer, North Carolina
More information: NC Transportation Museum

DECEMBER 2014

December 6 & 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 19-21: Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society "Santa Express"
Jeff Pontius's Penn Valley Lines vintage train operates from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Details forthcoming: Bellefonte Railroad Historical Society

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
Details forthcoming: Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts
Photos: Conway 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

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

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: Extra 2200 South

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