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Steam Specials & Charters Calendar

This calendar features upcoming steam train charters, photo specials, mainline steam excursions, and other unique steam operating events in the U.S. & Canada. For a full calendar of all railfan events, including special diesel-powered excursions, rare mileage trips, and railroad festivals, please see our Railfan Events & Excursions Calendar. For additions to this page, please Submit Your Event.

See also: Tourist Railroads, Steam Locomotives, Locomotive Records & Statistics, Steam Photos, YouTube Vids
Last updated July 20, 2017.

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August 12: Soo Line 1003 at Galewood
Soo Line 2-8-2 #1003 runs from Hartford, Wisconsin to Galewood, Illinois. On display at the Galewood Metra station from 2:15p to 4:30p for a Shriners Hospitals for Children charity event.
More information: Soo Line 1003

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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

JULY 2017

July 21-23: The Stourbridge Line "Return of Steam"
Viscose 0-4-0 steam locomotive #6 leads five  trips per day from Honesdale, Pennsylvania
More information: The Stourbridge Line

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 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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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
Related video: Midwest Steam Part 2 (Yard Goat Images)

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: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam to the Grand Canyon (Yard Goat Images)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Midwest Steam Part 1 (Yard Goat Images)

August 12: Soo Line 1003 at Galewood
Soo Line 2-8-2 #1003 runs from Hartford, Wisconsin to Galewood, Illinois. On display at the Galewood Metra station from 2:15p to 4:30p for a Shriners Hospitals for Children charity event.
More information: Soo Line 1003

August 12: Adirondack Scenic Railroad 25th Anniversary Celebration
Viscose 0-4-0 steam locomotive #6 leads hourly trips from Thendara, New York
More information: Adirondack Scenic Railroad

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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: The Great Gathering at Owosso (Yard Goat Images)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (Yard Goat Images)

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: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam to the Grand Canyon (Yard Goat Images)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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
Related video: Midwest Steam Part 2 (Yard Goat Images)

September 4-6: Cumbres & Toltec Rio Grande Southern 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (Yard Goat Images)

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 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: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam to the Grand Canyon (Yard Goat Images)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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: 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: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam to the Grand Canyon (Yard Goat Images)

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 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Western Maryland Steam Spectacular (Yard Goat Images)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Video: Steam Specials in the Heartland (Yard Goat Images)

OCTOBER 2017

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: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam to the Grand Canyon (Yard Goat Images)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

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
Related video: Midwest Steam Part 2 (Yard Goat Images)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: The Great Gathering at Owosso (Yard Goat Images)

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 28-29: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Western Maryland Steam Spectacular (Yard Goat Images)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: The Great Gathering at Owosso (Yard Goat Images)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: The Great Gathering at Owosso (Yard Goat Images)

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