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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 October 26, 2014.

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 1-2: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 powers 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

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

November 8-9: Amtrak 2nd Annual "Autumn Express"
Amtrak excursion over Norfolk Southern from Philadelphia via Harrisburg, Hershey, and Reading, Pennsylvania
More information: Amtrak

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 15: Reading & Northern Railroad RDC Excursion
Excursion from Pottsville to Reading in the railroad's recently restored RDC cars - Pottsville, Pennsylvania
More information: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway

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November 22-23 & 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 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 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

DECEMBER 2014

December 5-7, 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 5-7, 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 5-7, 12-14, 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 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 & 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 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 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 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
Details forthcoming: 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: 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

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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