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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 December 15, 2014.

DECEMBER 2014

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 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 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

December 20-21: 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

Winter Steam & Snow: Many tourist railroads operate steam locomotives during summer and autumn, then switch to diesel engines (or shutdown entirely) during the winter months. Further, most railfan events and charters occur during summer and fall. This leaves a small number of railroads where one may catch the beauty of steam in snow. In addition to the special events listed elsewhere on this calendar, the following railroads offer steam excursions at times of potential snowfall:

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad - Portland, Maine (weekends Thanksgiving to Christmas)
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat (Valley Railroad) - Essex, Connecticut (weekends Thanksgiving to Christmas)
Steam Into History - New Freedom, Pennsylvania (Fri.-Sun. through December)
Strasburg Rail Road - Strasburg, Pennsylvania (Fri.-Sun. through December)
Black River & Western Railroad - Flemington, New Jersey (weekends Thanksgiving to Christmas)
Wilmington & Western Railroad - Wilmington, Delaware (weekends to Christmas)
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad - Cumberland, Maryland (weekends to Christmas)
Huckleberry Railroad - Flint, Michigan (weekends Thanksgiving through December)
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad - Durango, Colorado (daily through Dec., then Thu.-Sat. in Jan./Feb.)
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad - Chama, New Mexico (single weekend in December)
Sumpter Valley Railroad - Baker City, Oregon (single weekend in December)
Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad - Garibaldi, Oregon (some weekends in December)
Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad - Elbe, Washington (weekends Thanksgiving to Christmas)
Chelatchie Prairie Railroad - Yacolt, Oregon (single weekend in December)
Chehalis-Centralia Railroad - Chehalis, Washington (Fri.-Sun. Thanksgiving to Christmas)

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
* this will be the last excursion with 7470 before a required inspection and rebuild
More information: Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts
Photos: Conway Scenic Railroad Photos

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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: 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
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

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

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

OCTOBER 2015

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
Photos: Nevada Northern Railway and Virginia & Truckee Railroad

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