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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 August 21, 2017.

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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

AUGUST 2017

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: Muni Trolley Excursion
4-hour excursion with the Muni's very first streetcar on the F, J, K, L, and M lines in San Francisco, California
More information: Market Street Railway

August 27 - September 4: Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association "Steam Show"
Pennsy B4a 0-6-0 #643 will NOT operate 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 30 - September 2: 37th National Narrow Gauge Convention
Annual convention includes special excursions on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad - Denver, Colorado
More information: National Narrow Gauge Convention

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

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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 2-3: Steamtown Railfest 2017
Night photo session; 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
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site Railfest 2017 & Project 3713 (Night Photo Session)
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: Rotary of Mountain Top's Steam Train Excursion
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 #425 leads a round-trip excursion from Mountain Top to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Rotary of Mountain Top
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Photos

September 9-10: Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum Steam Weekend
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 pulls three weekends of excursions - Versailles, Kentucky
More information: Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum

September 9-10: Tennessee Valley Railfest
Steam train rides, demonstrations, and exhibits - Chattanooga, Tennessee
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

September 9-10: 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 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

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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: Kansas Railfest
Train rides with Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126, plus entertainment - Wichita, Kansas
More information: Kansas Railfest

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
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 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)
More information: Black River Railroad Historical Trust - Open House & Triple Header
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: Durango & Silverton "Fall Photographers Train"
Annual photo specials to Silverton (Sat/Sun) plus night sessions in the yard (Fri/Sat) - Durango, Colorado
More information: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Related photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Photos

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: Galveston Train Day
4-hour round-trip excursion from Galveston to Pearland, Texas
More information: Galveston Railroad Museum

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: Milford Alive
Diesel locomotive "Millie" powers free train rides over a mile of restored track in Milford, New Jersey
More information: Milford Alive and NYS&W T&HS

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
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 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 (postponed to 2018)
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 three train rides from Schuylkill Haven, PA
More information: Schuylkill Haven Borough Day
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Photos

September 30 - October 1: Milwaukee Road 261 Steam Excursions
Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 leads round-trip excursions with photo run-bys from Minneapolis to Winthrop (Saturday) and Minneapolis to Glencoe, Minnesota (Sunday)
More information: Friends of the 261
Photos: Milwaukee Road 261 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 1: Reading & Northern "Autumn Leaf" Excursion
Diesel-powered fall foliage excursion from Reading and Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Excursion Photos

October 6-8: Allentown & Auburn Railroad Steam Weekend
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 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: Reading & Northern "Autumn Leaf" Excursions
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers excursions from Reading to Jim Thorpe, PA
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

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 9: Steamtown Excursion to Carbondale
Baldwin 0-6-0 #26 powers an excursion from Scranton to Carbondale, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site & Facebook Event
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

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: 470 Railroad Club "Crawford Notch Excursion"
Diesel-powered excursion with photo runbys on the Conway Scenic RR from North Conway to Fabyans, NH
More information: 470 Railroad Club
Related photos: Conway Scenic Railroad Photos

October 14: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Autumn Leaf Rambler"
Two excursions on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn to New Canton, Virginia and return
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

October 14-15: Amtrak 5th Annual "Autumn Express"
Amtrak excursion from New York Penn Station, through Newark, up the River Line (West Shore) to Selkirk, across the Hudson at Castleton, and return via Amtrak's Hudson Line
Details forthcoming: Amtrak

October 14-15: Sumpter Valley Railroad Photographer's Weekend
Photo runbys with Mikado #19, Heisler #3, and historic freight and passenger equipment - Baker City, Oregon
More information: Sumpter Valley Railroad
Related photos: Sumpter Valley Railroad Photos

October 14-15: Allentown & Auburn Railroad Steam Weekend
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 leads two weekends of trips from Kutztown to Topton, PA
Details forthcoming: Allentown & Auburn Railroad

October 14-15: Reading & Northern "Autumn Leaf" Excursions
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers excursions from Reading to Jim Thorpe, PA
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

October 15: 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 Photos

October 21: ELDCPS Excursion from East Stroudsburg to Scranton
Diesel-powered round-trip excursion from East Stroudsburg to Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society (ELDCPS)
Related photos: Steamtown Excursion Photos

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: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Autumn Leaf Rambler"
Two excursions on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn to New Canton, Virginia and return
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

October 21-22: New River Train Excursions
Diesel-powered excursions from Huntington to Hinton, West Virginia, through the New River Gorge
More information: Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society

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 21-22: Reading & Northern "Autumn Leaf" Excursions
Diesel-powered fall foliage excursions from Reading and Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Excursion Photos

October 22: Steamtown Excursion to Cresco
Diesel-powered round-trip excursion to Cresco from Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site
Related photos: Steamtown Photos

October 22: ELDCPS Delaware Water Gap Excursions
Three diesel-powered excursions through the Delaware Water Gap from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society (ELDCPS)
Related photos: Steamtown Excursion Photos

October 27-29: Bellefonte Railroad Historical Society "Fall Foliage Excursions"
Two excursions per day from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, including a Saturday trip with layover in Tyrone
More information: Bellefonte Railroad Historical Society

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: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Autumn Leaf Rambler"
Two excursions on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn to New Canton, Virginia and return
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

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

October 28-29: New River Train Excursions
Diesel-powered excursions from Huntington to Hinton, West Virginia, through the New River Gorge
More information: Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society

October 28-29: Reading & Northern "Autumn Leaf" Excursions
Diesel-powered fall foliage excursions from Reading and Port Clinton to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Excursion 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 4-5: Everett Railroad Photo Charter
Alco 2-6-0 steam locomotive #11 powers a photo charter around Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania and Claysburg and Martinsburg branches, plus night photo session
More information: Lerro Productions

November 6: Strasburg Rail Road Photo Charter
Norfolk & Western 4-8-0 #475 will appear as N&W #382 for an all-day photo charter plus night photo session in Strasburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Strasburg Rail Road Photo Gallery

November 7-9: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photo Freight Charter (postponed to 2018)
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

December 9: ELDCPS Santa Trains from East Stroudsburg to Slateford
Three diesel-powered excursions through the Delaware Water Gap from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society (ELDCPS)
Related photos: Steamtown Excursion Photos

December 10: ELDCPS Santa Train from East Stroudsburg to Gouldsboro
Diesel-powered round-trip excursion from East Stroudsburg to Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania
More information: Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society (ELDCPS)
Related photos: Steamtown Excursion Photos

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