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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 26, 2015.

FEATURED EVENTS

August 9-11: Chama Steam Railfan Days
2-day photo freight w/ Rio Grande #463 running Chama, NM to Antonito, CO and return + night photo shoot Aug. 9
More information: Chama Steam Excursions

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

October 23-24: Chama Steam Fall Classic Triple Header
1-day triple-header photo freight w/ Rio Grande #463 and two K-36 steam locomotives running Chama, NM to Cumbres and Osier and return. Night photo shoot Oct. 23.
More information: Chama Steam Excursions

AUGUST 2015

August 1: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon using 2-8-2 #4960 - Williams, Arizona
More information: Grand Canyon Railway
Related photos: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Photos

August 1-2: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Buffalo to Corning
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads two excursions from Buffalo, New York to Corning, New York
More information: 2015 Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Nickel Plate 765 on Norfolk Southern Steam Specials

August 1-2: Allentown & Auburn Railroad Steam Weekend
Viscose 0-4-0 #6 leads six excursions per day from Kutztown to Topton, Pennsylvania
More information: Allentown & Auburn Railroad

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August 1-2: Huckleberry Railroad Railfan Weekend
Train rides with D&RGW K-27 2-8-2 #464 plus shop tours and photo extra (10am) - Flint, Michigan
More information: Huckleberry Railroad
Related photos: Huckleberry Railroad Photo Gallery

August 8: Summerail at Cincinnati Union Terminal
Railroad slide presentations and model train show - Cincinnati, Ohio
More information: Cincinnati Railroad Club

August 8: Railyard Productions " Light Up CN 7456" Night Photo Shoot
3-hour night photo session with Canadian National 0-6-0 steam locomotive #7456 - Sidney, Michigan
More information: Railyard Productions

August 8-9: Catskill Mountain Railroad Steam Weekend
Viscose 0-4-0 #6 leads hourly excursions from Mt. Tremper, New York
More information: Catskill Mountain Railroad

August 9-11: Chama Steam Railfan Days
2-day photo freight w/ Rio Grande #463 running Chama, NM to Antonito, CO and return + night photo shoot Aug. 9
More information: Chama Steam Excursions
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Photos

August 13-16: Durango & Silverton "True West Railfest"
Four days of special excursions to Cascade Canyon & Silverton, including a double-header and excursions with Galloping Goose #4 and #5 - Durango, Colorado
More information: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Related photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Photos

August 14-16: Snoqualmie Railroad Days
Santa Cruz Portland Cement Co. #2 pulls trains, plus car show and entertainment - Snoqualmie, Washington
More information: Northwest Railway Museum

August 15: Orrville Railroad Days Festival
Train rides, track car rides, museum displays, and more - Orrville, Ohio
More information: Orrville Railroad Heritage Society

August 15-16: Howell Melon Festival Excursions
One-hour, diesel-powered train rides from Howell to Byron, Michigan
More information: Howell Melon Festival

August 15-16: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum "Diesel Days"
Take a ride on one of several diesel locomotives or a caboose - Rush, New York
More information: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

August 15-16: American Steam Railroad "2100 Open House"
Reading Company steam locomotive #2100 on public display in Cleveland, Ohio
More information: American Steam Railroad Fire Up 2100

August 15-16: Stonefield Railroad Days
Depot and caboose tours, model train layouts, and more - Stonefield, Wisconsin
More information: Wisconsin Historical Society

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August 16: Three Rivers Rambler Photo Charter (sold out)
Southern 2-8-0 #154 powers a photo freight with props and actors - Knoxville, Tennessee
More information: Dynamo Productions

August 17: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photo Charter (sold out)
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a passenger train with props & actors, plus night photo session - Chattanooga, TN
More information: Dynamo Productions

August 21-23: Portola Railroad Days
Festival of railroad heritage in Portola, California
More information: Portola Railroad Days

August 22-23: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Bethlehem to Pittston
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads two excursions from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Pittston, Pennsylvania
More information: 2015 Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Nickel Plate 765 on Norfolk Southern Steam Specials

August 23: Skunk Train Photo Special
7-hour round-trip with photo runbys, pulled by Baldwin 2-8-2 #45 - Fort Bragg, California
More information: Skunk Train
Related photos: California & Western Railroad Photos

August 27-30: 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 29-30: 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
Related photos: Tweetsie Railroad Railfan Weekend Photos

August 29-30: NC Transportation Museum: The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train
Ride behind the Leviathan steam locomotive and tour a replica of the Lincoln Funeral Train - Spencer, NC
More information: North Carolina Transportation Museum

August 30 - September 7: 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

SEPTEMBER 2015

September 3-7: Midwest Old Threshers Reunion
Midwest Central Railroad operates steam locomotives during the festival - Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
More information: Midwest Central Railroad

September 4-7: Hesston Steam & Power Show 2015
Three gauges of operating steam trains plus steam tractor, saw mill, crane, and more - La Porte, Indiana
More information: Hesston Steam Museum

September 5: Conway Scenic Railroad "Railfans Day"
Diesel-powered excursions plus night photo session - North Conway, New Hampshire
More information: Conway Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Conway Scenic Railroad Photos

September 5: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon using 2-8-2 #4960 - Williams, Arizona
More information: Grand Canyon Railway
Related photos: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Photos

September 5-7: Steamtown Railfest 2015 w/ Nickel Plate #765
Nickel Plate #765 leads excursions to Delaware Water Gap (Saturday) and East Stroudsburg (Monday); diesel-powered excursions to Moscow; trolley rides from the Electric City Trolley Museum; locomotive shop tours and demonstrations - Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site
Nickel Plate #765 Excursions: 2015 Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

September 5-7: Bluegrass Railroad Museum Steam Weekend
Leviathan 4-4-0 #63 leads two excursions each day, plus tour the Lincoln Funeral Train - Versailles, Kentucky
More information: Bluegrass Railroad Museum

September 5-7: 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 5 & 7: Niles Canyon Railway "Labor Day Steam"
Excursions with Southern Pacific 4-6-2 #2472 through Niles Canyon - Sunol, California
More information: Golden Gate Railroad Museum

September 11: Mt. Washington Cog Railway Railfans Day
Steam excursions with photo runby plus shop and museum tours - Mount Washington, New Hampshire
More information: Mt. Washington Cog Railway
Related photos: Mt. Washington Cog Railway Photos

September 11-13: 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 under restoration), shop tours, and dinner train - Cumberland, Maryland
Details forthcoming: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photos

September 12: Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum Railfan Charter
Photo runbys with both steam (#9) and diesel on the two-foot narrow gauge WW&F - Alna, Maine
Details forthcoming: Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts

September 12-13: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Scranton to Binghamton
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads excursions from Steamtown to Tunkhannock Viaduct & Binghamton - Scranton, PA leading the return trip - Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: 2015 Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Steamtown Photos

September 12-13: Tennessee Valley Railfest
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads excursions to Cleveland, TN, plus demonstrations & displays - Chattanooga, TN
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad

September 12-13: New Jersey Museum of Transportation "Railroader's Weekend"
Several vintage diesel locomotives in operation, plus shop tours and exhibits - Farmingdale, New Jersey
More information: New Jersey Museum of Transportation

September 12-13: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Photo Special
Two diesel-powered excursions each day including rare mileage - Leadville, Colorado
More information: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

September 13: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway "Greater Pittston Area Train Ride"
GM&N 4-6-2 #425 powers an excursion through the Lehigh Gorge from Duryea to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
For more information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

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 19: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon using 2-8-2 #4960 - Williams, Arizona
More information: Grand Canyon Railway
Related photos: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Photos

September 19-20: 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 19-20: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Photo Special
Two diesel-powered excursions each day including rare mileage - Leadville, Colorado
More information: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

September 20: United Railroad Historical Society Transportation Heritage Festival
Yard tours, historic equipment displays, and entertainment - Boonton, New Jersey
Details forthcoming: United Railroad Historical Society (URHS)

September 25-27: 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 26: Schuylkill Haven Borough Day
GM&N 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 leads train rides on the Reading & Northern Railroad - Schuylkill Haven, PA
Details forthcoming: Schuylkill Haven Borough Day
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Photos

September 26-27: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Macon to Tennille
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads two round-trips per day from Macon, Georgia to Tennille, Georgia
More information: 2015 Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule

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
Related photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Photos

September 26-27: 5th Annual Folsom Railroad Festival
Train rides, motorcar rides, model train displays, antique tractors, and entertainment - Folsom, California
More information: Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad

September 26-27: Muni Heritage Weekend
Vintage streetcars operate in San Francisco, California
More information: Market Street Railway

September 26-27: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Photo Special
Two diesel-powered excursions each day including rare mileage - Leadville, Colorado
More information: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

September 30 - October 4: 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
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Photos

OCTOBER 2015

October 3: 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
Related photos: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

October 3: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Southern #630 21st Century Steam Photos

October 3 Steam Railroading Institute "Fall Color Tour"
Diesel-powered excursion from Cadillac to Boyne Falls, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute

October 3: Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad Photo Charter
Moore & Keppel Climax No. 3 leads a photo freight, plus night photo session - Durbin, West Virginia
More information: Chase Gunnoe Photography

October 3-4: Norfolk Southern 21st Century Steam Excursion: Atlanta to Toccoa
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads two excursions from Atlanta, Georgia to Toccoa, Georgia
More information: 2015 Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule

October 3-4: B&O Railroad Museum "Civil War Steam Days Weekend"
Ride behind 1950 Saddle Tank #4 St. Elizabeth, plus the operation of 1927 4-2-0 #13 Lafayette - Baltimore, MD
More information: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum

October 3-4: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway "Autumn Leaf" Excursions
Diesel-powered fall foliage excursion from Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Excursion Photos

October 3-4: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Steam Excursions
Steam excursions with Santa Fe 4-6-2 #3415 from Abilene, Kansas
More information: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

October 9-11: Cass Scenic Railroad Fall Photography Workshop
Classroom teaching, night photo session, photo freight to Whittaker Station, and more  - Cass, West Virginia
More information: Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Related photos: Cass Railfan Weekend Photo Gallery

October 10: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad

October 10: Steamtown Excursion to East Stroudsburg
104-mile round-trip diesel-powered excursion to East Stroudsburg from Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

October 10: Steam Railroading Institute "Fall Color Tour"
Diesel-powered excursion from Petoskey to Fife Lake, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute

October 10-11: Milwaukee Road 261 Steam Excursion (tentative)
Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 leads a round-trip excursion from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Details forthcoming: Friends of the 261
Related photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos

October 10-11: 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
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

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
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway and Virginia & Truckee Railroad

October 17: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad

October 17: Steam Railroading Institute "Fall Color Tour"
Diesel-powered excursion from Mt. Pleasant to Cadillac, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute

October 17: Mass Bay RRE's "Fall Circle Tour" on the Providence & Worcester Railroad
All-day excursion on the P&W from Worcester, Massachusetts to Providence and Groton
Details forthcoming: Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts

October 17-18: 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
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

October 18: Steamtown Excursion to Delaware Water Gap
120-mile round-trip diesel-powered excursion to Delaware Water Gap from Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

October 23-24: Chama Steam Fall Classic Triple Header
1-day triple-header photo freight w/ Rio Grande #463 and two K-36 steam locomotives running Chama, NM to Cumbres and Osier and return. Night photo shoot Oct. 23.
More information: Chama Steam Excursions
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Photos

October 24: Steamtown Excursion to East Stroudsburg
104-mile round-trip diesel-powered excursion to East Stroudsburg from Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

October 24: 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
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Excursion Photos

October 24-25: St. Marys Railroad Steam Special
Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 pulls two weekends of excursions - St. Marys, Georgia
Details forthcoming: St. Marys Railroad

October 24-25: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad

October 26-27: Arcade & Attica Railroad "Railfan Days"
Photo runbys with A&A 2-8-0 #18 (facing south in afternoon) and GE 44 ton diesel between Arcade, Curriers, and Java Center, plus night photo session at the Arcade Shop - Arcade, New York
More information: Dynamo Productions
Related photos: Arcade & Attica Railroad Photo Gallery

October 31 - November 1: St. Marys Railroad Steam Special
Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 pulls two weekends of excursions - St. Marys, Georgia
Details forthcoming: St. Marys Railroad

October 31 - November 1: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad

October 31 - November 1: North Carolina Transportation Museum Autumn Train Excursions
Round-trip excursions from the museum to Asheville, North Carolina (Saturday) and Charlottesville, Virginia (Sunday) using Amtrak and vintage equipment - Spencer, North Carolina
More information: NC Transportation Museum

NOVEMBER 2015

November 7: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad

November 14: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special" *DOUBLEHEADER*
Southern 2-8-0 #630 and 2-8-2 #4501 doublehead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
Details forthcoming: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Southern #630 21st Century Steam Photos

November 20-22 & 27-29: 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 2015

December 4-6 & 11-13 & 18-20: 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

JANUARY 2016

January 2: Conway Scenic Railroad Photographer's Special
Diesel-powered excursion with runbys to Notchland from North Conway, New Hampshire
Details forthcoming: Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts
Related photos: Conway Scenic Railroad Photos

FEBRUARY 2016

February 12-14: 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 19-21: 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

JUNE 2016

June 24 - July 1: 32nd Annual National Garden Railway Convention Tour "Great Western Rail Adventure"
8-day railfan tour prior to the annual convention includes visits to the Napa Valley Wine Train, California State Railroad Museum, Virginia & Truckee RR, Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine RR, and more  - Santa Clara, California
More information: Trains & Travel International

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