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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 February 23, 2017.

FEATURED EVENT

August 11-13: Railfest Hamburg 2017 (Reading Railroad Heritage Museum - Hamburg, PA)
50th Anniversary of the Reading Railroad's Bee Line Service. Alco C630 #5308 & GE U30C #6300 featured. Train rides, night photo session, vendors, displays, and banquet with speaker Classic Trains editor Robert McGonigal.
More information: Reading Company Technical & Historical Society

MARCH 2017

March 4: 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

March 4: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

March 11: Southampton Railroad Station Society Rail History Symposium
Presentations on local railroad history and preservation - Churchville, Pennsylvania
More information: Southampton Railroad Station Society

March 18: Winterail
Railroad photography exposition and railroadiana show - Corvallis, Oregon
More information: Winterail

March 18: Everett Railroad
Alco 2-6-0 steam locomotive #11 powers three excursions from Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Everett Railroad

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APRIL 2017

April 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

April 1: Folkston Annual "Rail Watch"
Train watching at the viewing platform in Folkston, Georgia
More information: Georgia Tourism & Travel

April 1: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

April 8, 9 & 15: Everett Railroad
Alco 2-6-0 steam locomotive #11 powers three days of excursions from Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Everett Railroad

April 8: N&W 611 Excursion - Spencer to Lynchburg
Norfolk & Western #611 leads an excursion from the North Carolina Transportation Museum to Lynchburg, VA
More information: 2017 Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Norfolk & Western 611 Photos

April 9: N&W 611 Excursion - Spencer to Charlotte (morning)
Norfolk & Western #611 leads a morning excursion from North Carolina Transportation Museum to Charlotte
More information: 2017 Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Norfolk & Western 611 Photos

April 9: N&W 611 Excursion - Spencer to Greensboro (afternoon)
Norfolk & Western #611 leads an afternoon excursion from North Carolina Transportation Museum to Greensboro
More information: 2017 Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Norfolk & Western 611 Photos

April 22: 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

April 22-23: N&W 611 Excursions - Greensboro to Roanoke via Altavista
Norfolk & Western #611 leads excursions each day from Greensboro, North Carolina to Roanoke, Virginia. Note that unlike prior Roanoke excursions, these trips will run via the former Virginian line from Altavista to Roanoke.
More information: 2017 Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Norfolk & Western 611 Photos

April 29-30: Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad Photo Charter
Three-part photo charter includes four miles of the recently restored C&O line north from Cass, a climb up to Whittaker, and Heisler #6 with a vintage freight at Durbin - Cass, West Virginia
More information: Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad
Related photos: Cass Railfan Weekend Photo Gallery

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MAY 2017

May 6: 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

May 6-7: N&W 611 Excursions - Lynchburg to Petersburg
Norfolk & Western #611 leads excursions each day from Lynchburg to Petersburg, Virginia
More information: 2017 Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Norfolk & Western 611 Photos

May 6-7: Fullerton Railroad Days
Visiting locomotives, railcars, and model train layouts on display - Fullerton, California
Details forthcoming: Fullerton Railroad Days

May 18: Shamokin Valley Railroad "Iron Ore Special"
Rare-mileage, diesel-powered excursion over the former Shamokin Valley Branch from Sunbury to Shamokin, Pennsylvania and return
More information: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

May 20: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

May 20-21: Everett Railroad
Alco 2-6-0 steam locomotive #11 powers a weekend of excursions from Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Everett Railroad

May 27: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Opening Day Doubleheaders
Steam locomotives 315 & 463 will doublehead from Antonito, Colorado and a pair of K-36 steam locomotives will doublehead from Chama, New Mexico
More information: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Related photos: D&RGW 315 on the Cumbres & Toltec

May 27-29: N&W 611 Excursions - Roanoke to Lynchburg and Walton (Radford)
Norfolk & Western #611 leads excursions each day (Lynchburg morning, Radford afternoon) from Roanoke, VA
More information: 2017 Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Norfolk & Western 611 Photos

May 27-29: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Steam Excursions
Steam excursions with Santa Fe 4-6-2 #3415 from Abilene, Kansas
More information: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

JUNE 2017

June 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

June 3: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

June 3-4: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad 315 Photo Charter
D&RGW #315 leads a two day charter from Antonito to Cumbres (Saturday) and return (Sunday)
More information: Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec
Related photos: D&RGW 315 on the Cumbres & Toltec (SteamPhotos.com)
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June 16-17: Three Rivers Rambler Photo Charter
Southern 2-8-0 #154 leads a 1940's period freight consist. Photo runbys including period automobiles. Friday night photo session at water tank.  - Knoxville, Tennessee
More information: Southern Rail Productions
Related photos: Three Rivers Rambler Photos

June 17: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

June 23-25: North Shore Scenic Railroad "Steam Weekend in Duluth"
Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #28 leads the first public excursions following restoration. Round-trips from Duluth to Two Harbors (Friday & Saturday) and Palmers (Sunday).
More information: Lake Superior Railroad Museum

June 24-25: Rail Festival at Carillon Park
Live steam trains, historical exhibits, and model train displays - Dayton, Ohio
More information: Carillon Park Rail & Steam Society

June 24-25: SP 4449 Excursion to Bend, Oregon
SP Daylight 4-8-4 #4449 is expected to power a two-day, round-trip excursion from Portland to Bend, Oregon via the Columbia River Gorge and Deschutes River Canyon
Details forthcoming: Friends of SP 4449
Related photos: Southern Pacific Daylight 4449 Photos

JULY 2017

July 1: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad - C&O 1309 Inaugural Excursion (date tentative)
C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309 expected to make an inaugural public excursion following restoration  - Cumberland, MD
Details forthcoming: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photos

July 1: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

July 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

July 1-4: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Steam Excursions
Steam excursions with Santa Fe 4-6-2 #3415 from Abilene, Kansas
More information: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

July 15: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

July 22: Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days Train
UP 4-8-4 #844 expected to power the annual excursion from Denver, Colorado to Cheyenne, Wyoming and return. Ferry moves expected to Denver on Thursday (July 20) and return to Cheyenne on Sunday (July 23)
Details forthcoming: Cheyenne Frontier Days Train & Union Pacific Steam Schedule
Related photos: Cheyenne Frontier Days Train Photos

July 22-23: 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 2017

August 5: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

August 5: 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

August 11-13: Railfest Hamburg 2017 (Reading Railroad Heritage Museum - Hamburg, PA)
50th Anniversary of the Reading Railroad's Bee Line Service. Alco C630 #5308 & GE U30C #6300 featured. Train rides, night photo session, vendors, displays, and banquet with speaker Classic Trains editor Robert McGonigal.
More information: Reading Company Technical & Historical Society

August 19: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

August 26-27: Tweetsie Railroad "Railroad Heritage Weekend"
Two days of train rides with steam locomotives 4-6-0 #12 and 2-8-2 #190 - Blowing Rock, North Carolina
More information: Tweetsie Railroad
Related photos: Tweetsie Railroad Railfan Weekend Photos

August 27 - September 4: Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association "Steam Show"
Pennsy B4a 0-6-0 #643 operates during the annual steam show - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Details forthcoming: Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association

August 31 - September 4: Midwest Old Threshers Reunion
Midwest Central Railroad operates steam locomotives during the festival - Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
More information: Midwest Central Railroad

SEPTEMBER 2017

September 1-4: Hesston Steam & Power Show 2017
Three gauges of operating steam trains plus steam tractor, saw mill, crane, and more - La Porte, Indiana
Details forthcoming: Hesston Steam Museum

September 2: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

September 2: Conway Scenic Railroad "Railfans Day"
Diesel-powered excursions plus night photo session - North Conway, New Hampshire
Details forthcoming: Conway Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Conway Scenic Railroad Photos

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

September 4-6: Cumbres & Toltec Photo Charter
Photo charter in conjunction with the 2017 National Narrow Gauge Convention (Denver) - Chama, NM
More information: Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Photos

September 9-10: 25th Annual Glory Days Festival
Festival includes entertainment plus excursions on the Green Mountain RR - White River Junction, Vermont
More information: Glory Days of the Railroad

September 16: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

September 16: Grand Canyon Railway 116th 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 22-23: Whitewater Valley No. 25 Photo Special
Lima-Hamilton diesel locomotive #25 leads a period 1950's freight consist complete with a wooden Whitewater Valley caboose, plus Friday night photo session - Metamora, Indiana
More information: Southern Rail Productions

September 23: Grand Canyon Railway "Man vs. Machine"
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 2017

October 7: St. Marys Railroad "Railroad Days"
Train rides with Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126, plus "at the throttle" experience - St. Marys, GA
More information: St. Marys Railroad

October 7: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

October 7: 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 7-8: 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 14: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

October 21: St. Marys Railroad "Halloween Express"
Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 pulls two weekends of excursions - St. Marys, Georgia
More information: St. Marys Railroad

October 21-22: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

October 28: St. Marys Railroad "Halloween Express"
Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 pulls two weekends of excursions - St. Marys, Georgia
More information: St. Marys Railroad

October 28-29: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

NOVEMBER 2017

November 4: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

November 11-12: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 and/or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
Details forthcoming: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

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