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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 June 26, 2017.

FEATURED EVENTS

August 11-13: Railfest Hamburg 2017 (Reading Railroad Heritage Museum - Hamburg, Pennsylvania)
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

September 15-17: North Platte Rail Days (North Platte, Nebraska)
Tour the world's largest rail yard - Bailey Yard! Also Golden Spike Tower Tours, model train show, equipment displays, kids events, food, and more.
More information: North Platte Rail Days

JUNE 2017

June 28 - July 1: Union Pacific Steam return from Omaha
UP 4-8-4 #844 runs Omaha - Council Bluffs - North Platte - Cheyenne on return from the College Baseball Championship
More information: UP Home Plate Special
Related photos: Union Pacific 844 Photos

JULY 2017

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

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July 1-4: Nevada State Railroad Museum Railfair
Virginia & Truckee 2-6-0 Glenbrook, 4-4-0 Inyo, and McKeen Car to operate - Carson City, Nevada
More information: Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum

July 4: Mount Emily Shay Excursions
Mount Emily Shay #1 leads free excursions on the hour from 8a to 3p - Prineville, Oregon
More information: Mount Emily Shay

July 4: Wilmington & Western Railroad "Fireworks Express"
Diesel-powered excursion to the Hockessin fireworks show - Wilmington, Delaware
More information: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Related photos: Wilmington & Western Railroad Photos

July 15: Santa Fe 3751 at Los Angeles Union Station Summer Train Fest
AT&SF 4-8-4 #3751 on display under steam at Los Angeles Union Station (12-6p) followed by night photo session (7-10:30p) at Redondo turntable within Amtrak’s maintenance yard
More information: San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society (SBRHS) and Facebook Page

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 15-16: Omaha Railroad Days
Celebration at five area railroad-themed attractions including the UP Railroad Museum - Omaha, Nebraska
More information: Omaha Railroad Days

July 15-16: Clamshell Railroad Days
Pullman car tour, rail history slideshow, and model train displays; Ilwaco, Washington
More information: Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

July 22: Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days Train
UP 4-8-4 #844 powers 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)
More information: 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

July 27-30: 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

July 29: Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad Railfan Day
Speeder rides, wreck crane demo, spreader demo, equipment displays, and photo special - Milford, New York
More information: Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society

July 29-30: Catskill Mountain Railroad Steam Weekend
Viscose 0-4-0 steam locomotive #6 leads four trips per day from Kingston, New York
More information: Catskill Mountain Railroad

AUGUST 2017

August 5: Locust Heights & Western Railroad Railfan Photo Charter
Photo runbys featuring a custom-built Climax Class A steam locomotive, train cars, actors, and props, plus night photo session - Clarksburg, West Virginia
More information: GoFundMe

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

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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 5-6: Huckleberry Railroad Railfan Weekend
Train rides with D&RGW K-27 2-8-2 #464 plus shop tours and demonstrations - Flint, Michigan
More information: Huckleberry Railroad & Facebook Page
Related photos: Huckleberry Railroad Photo Gallery

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 12: Summerail at Marion
Railroad slide presentations and model train show - Marion, Ohio
More information: Marion Union Station Association

August 18-20: Snoqualmie Railroad Days
Train rides, speeder rides, model train show, car show, and entertainment - Snoqualmie, Washington
More information: Northwest Railway Museum

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 19-20: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum Steam Weekend
Viscose 0-4-0 steam locomotive #6 leads two weekends of train rides - Rush, New York
More information: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

August 19-20: Howell Melon Festival Excursions
Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225 leads one hour excursions from Howell to Byron, Michigan
More information: Howell Melon Festival
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery

August 24-27: Prairie Village Annual Steam Threshing Jamboree
Train rides with Lima 0-6-0 #29 and Alco 0-4-0T #11 - Prairie Village, South Dakota
More information: Historic Prairie Village

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 26-27: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum Steam Weekend
Viscose 0-4-0 steam locomotive #6 leads two weekends of train rides - Rush, New York
More information: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

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
More information: Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association

August 28: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad 315 Photo Excursion
D&RGW #315 leads a passenger train to Osier and return, with photo runbys - Antonito, Colorado
More information: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Related photos: D&RGW 315 on the Cumbres & Toltec

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
More information: 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 including rare mileage trip to Whitefield, plus night photo session - North Conway, NH
More information: 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: 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

September 2-3: Steamtown Railfest 2017
Diesel-powered excursions to Moscow; short train rides behind Baldwin 0-6-0 #26; trolley rides from the Electric City Trolley Museum; locomotive shop tours and demonstrations - Scranton, Pennsylvania
Details forthcoming: Steamtown National Historic Site Railfest 2017
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

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 with steam locomotives 315 & 463 (as RGS 455) in conjunction with the 2017 National Narrow Gauge Convention (Denver) - Chama, New Mexico
More information: Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec
Related photos: D&RGW 315 on the Cumbres & Toltec

September 9: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Photo Special
2-8-0 steam locomotive #1702 leads an excursion to Nantahala Gorge with photo runbys - Dillsboro, NC
More information: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

September 9-10: Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum Steam Weekend
Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 pulls three weekends of excursions - Versailles, Kentucky
More information: Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum

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 15-17: North Platte Rail Days
Tour the world's largest rail yard - Bailey Yard! Also Golden Spike Tower Tours, model train show, equipment displays, kids events, food, and more - North Platte, Nebraska
More information: North Platte Rail Days

September 16: Everett Railroad "Martinsburg Steam"
Alco 2-6-0 steam locomotive #11 powers a 27-mile round-trip excursion from Holidaysburg to Martinsburg, PA
More information: Everett 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 16-17: 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

September 16-17: 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 16-17: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad "Steam in the Valley"
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads excursions from Independence, Ohio (Saturday) and Akron, Ohio (Sunday)
More information: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

September 16-17: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Photo Special
Two diesel-powered excursions each day including rare mileage - Leadville, Colorado
More information: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

September 16-17: Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum Steam Weekend
Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 pulls three weekends of excursions - Versailles, Kentucky
More information: Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum

September 16-17: Black River & Western Railroad Open House & Triple Header Day
Cab rides in Black River 2-8-0 #60 (Saturday - Ringoes) and triple header with two diesels (Sunday - Flemington)
Details forthcoming: Black River Railroad Historical Trust
Photos: Black River & Western Railroad 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 22-24: Southern Pacific #18 at the Laws Railroad Museum
Recently restored SP narrow gauge steam locomotive #18 to operate at the museum - Bishop, California
More information: Carson & Colorado Railway

September 22-24: 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 22 - October 1: 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

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

September 23: Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Day
Motorcar train rides, displays, demonstrations, and tours of historic Muddy Creek Forks, Pennsylvania
More information: Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society

September 23-24: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad "Steam in the Valley"
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads excursions from Independence, Ohio (Saturday) and Akron, Ohio (Sunday)
More information: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

September 23-24: Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum Steam Weekend
Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 pulls three weekends of excursions - Versailles, Kentucky
More information: Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum

September 23-24: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Photo Special
Two diesel-powered excursions each day including rare mileage - Leadville, Colorado
More information: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

September 26-28: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photo Freight Charter
C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309 powers a 3-day photo freight between Cumberland and Frostburg, Maryland
More information: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photos

September 30: Schuylkill Haven Borough Day
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 leads train rides from Schuylkill Haven, PA
Details forthcoming: Schuylkill Haven Borough Day
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Photos

September 30 - October 1: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Photo Special
Two diesel-powered excursions each day including rare mileage - Leadville, Colorado
More information: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

OCTOBER 2017

October 6-8: Allentown & Auburn Railroad Steam Weekend
Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 leads two weekends of trips from Kutztown to Topton, PA
Details forthcoming: Allentown & Auburn Railroad

October 7: Steam Railroading Institute "Northern Arrow"
Diesel-powered excursion from Kalkaska to Petoskey, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery

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: Steam Railroading Institute "Cadillac Limited"
Diesel-powered excursion from Mt. Pleasant to Cadillac, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery

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 14-15: Allentown & Auburn Railroad Steam Weekend
Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 leads two weekends of trips from Kutztown to Topton, PA
Details forthcoming: Allentown & Auburn Railroad

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: Steam Railroading Institute "The Curwood Highlander"
Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225 powers an excursion from Alma to Owosso, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery

October 28-29: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special" Doubleheader
Southern 2-8-0 #630 & 2-8-2 #4501 doublehead 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 7-9: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photo Freight Charter
C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309 powers a 3-day photo freight between Cumberland and Frostburg, Maryland
More information: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photos

November 11-12: 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 17-19 & 24-26: 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 2017

December 1-3, 8-10 & 15-17: 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

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