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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 December 1, 2016.

FEATURED EVENT

August 11-13, 2017: 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

DECEMBER 2016

November 25 - December 17: Canadian Pacific 2016 Holiday Train
CPR's annual Holiday Train travels Montreal to Vancouver with stops across Canada and the Midwestern US
For more information: Canadian Pacific Railway

December 1-4: 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
Related photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos

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 3: Lackawanna Heritage Valley Santa Train (update 12/1: steam power now confirmed)
Baldwin steam locomotive #26 leads a train from Carbondale to Steamtown, stopping at communities en route (Carbondale, Archbald, Jessup, Olyphant, Dickson City, and Scranton, PA)
More information: Lackawanna Heritage Valley & Facebook Event Post

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December 3: St. Marys Railroad Halloween Express
Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 pulls three weekends of excursions - St. Marys, Georgia
More information: St. Marys Railroad

December 3: Keokuk Junction Railway Santa Train
Annual Santa Train makes six stops between Mapleton and Smithfield, Illinois
More information: Keokuk Junction Railway

December 3-4: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation "Holiday Express"
SP Daylight 4-8-4 #4449 powers hourly trips from Oaks Amusement Park, Portland, Oregon
More information: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation
Related photos: Southern Pacific Daylight 4449 Photos

December 3-4: Holiday Trains in the Poconos
Diesel-powered excursions from East Stroudsburg to Gouldsboro, PA on the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad
More information: Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society (ELDCPS)
Related photos: Steamtown Excursion Photos

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

December 8-11: 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
Related photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos

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

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December 10: St. Marys Railroad Halloween Express
Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 pulls three weekends of excursions - St. Marys, Georgia
More information: St. Marys Railroad

December 10-11: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation "Holiday Express"
SP Daylight 4-8-4 #4449 powers hourly trips from Oaks Amusement Park, Portland, Oregon
More information: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation
Related photos: Southern Pacific Daylight 4449 Photos

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 17: 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 17-18: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation "Holiday Express"
SP Daylight 4-8-4 #4449 powers hourly trips from Oaks Amusement Park, Portland, Oregon
More information: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation
Related photos: Southern Pacific Daylight 4449 Photos

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

AUGUST 2017

August 11-13, 2017: 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

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