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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.

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Last updated April 22, 2017.

APRIL 2017

April 18-28: Union Pacific Steam "Boise Turn Special"
UP 4-8-4 #844 to operate from Cheyenne to Pocatello, Boise, Ogden, and return, with numerous stops
More information: Union Pacific Steam Schedule
Related photos: Union Pacific 844 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

April 22: 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)

April 22-23: N&W 611 Excursions - Greensboro to Roanoke via Altavista
Norfolk & Western #611 leads excursions each day from Greensboro, North Carolina to Roanoke, Virginia. Note that unlike prior Roanoke excursions, these trips will run via the former Virginian line from Altavista to Roanoke.
More information: 2017 Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Norfolk & Western 611 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam on the Norfolk Southern (Yard Goat Images)

April 29-30: Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad Photo Charter
Three-part photo charter includes four miles of the recently restored C&O line north from Cass, a climb up to Whittaker, and Heisler #6 with a vintage freight at Durbin - Cass, West Virginia
More information: Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad
Related photos: Cass Railfan Weekend Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Cass Railfan Weekend (Yard Goat Images)

April 29-30: Fillmore & Western Railway RailFest 2017
Baldwin 2-8-0 #14 leads excursions plus speeder rides and model train displays - Fillmore, California
More information: Fillmore & Western Railway

MAY 2017

May 6: 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)

May 6-7: N&W 611 Excursions - Lynchburg to Petersburg
Norfolk & Western #611 leads excursions each day from Lynchburg to Petersburg, Virginia
More information: 2017 Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Norfolk & Western 611 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam on the Norfolk Southern (Yard Goat Images)

May 20: 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)

May 20-21: Walkersville Southern Railroad Steam Trains
Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 pulls regular excursions, plus railfan special with runbys - Walkersville, MD
More information: Walkersville Southern Railroad

May 20-21: Everett Railroad
Alco 2-6-0 steam locomotive #11 powers a weekend of excursions from Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Everett Railroad

May 27: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Opening Day Doubleheaders
Steam locomotives 315 & 463 will doublehead from Antonito, Colorado and a pair of K-36 steam locomotives will doublehead from Chama, New Mexico
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)

May 27-29: N&W 611 Excursions - Roanoke to Lynchburg and Walton (Radford)
Norfolk & Western #611 leads excursions each day (Lynchburg morning, Radford afternoon) from Roanoke, VA
More information: 2017 Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Norfolk & Western 611 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam on the Norfolk Southern (Yard Goat Images)

May 27-29: 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)

May 27-29: Walkersville Southern Railroad Steam Trains
Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 pulls three excursions each day - Walkersville, Maryland
More information: Walkersville Southern Railroad

JUNE 2017

June 1-3: Milwaukee Road 261 Steam Excursions
Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 leads three excursions on the Red River Valley & Western Railroad in North Dakota, including Fargo/Davenport-Lisbon (Thursday/Friday) and Wahpeton-Kindred (Saturday)
More information: Friends of the 261
Related photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam Specials in the Heartland (Yard Goat Images)

June 3: 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)

June 3: 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)

June 3-4: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad 315 Photo Charter
D&RGW #315 leads a two day charter from Antonito to Cumbres (Saturday) and return (Sunday)
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)

June 3-4: Walkersville Southern Railroad Steam Trains
Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 pulls regular excursions, plus railfan special with runbys - Walkersville, MD
More information: Walkersville Southern Railroad

June 16-17: Three Rivers Rambler Photo Charter
Southern 2-8-0 #154 leads a 1940's period freight consist. Photo runbys including period automobiles. Friday night photo session at water tank.  - Knoxville, Tennessee
More information: Southern Rail Productions
Related photos: Three Rivers Rambler Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

June 17: 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)

June 17-18: Nickel Plate 765 Excursions to Chicago Union Station
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads four round-trip excursions from Joliet, Illinois to Chicago Union Station
More information: Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society
Related photos: Nickel Plate 765 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Midwest Steam Part 1 (Yard Goat Images)

June 17-18: Potomac Eagle Rail Fest
Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126, 3-hour diesel-powered excursions, speeder rides, model trains, antique car show, and more - Romney, West Virginia
More information: Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad

June 23-25: North Shore Scenic Railroad "Steam Weekend in Duluth"
Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #28 leads the first public excursions following restoration. Round-trips from Duluth to Two Harbors (Friday & Saturday) and Palmers (Sunday).
More information: Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Related video: Steam Stars: Western Maryland 734 & Soo Line 2719 (Yard Goat Images)

June 24-25: SP 4449 Excursion to Bend, Oregon
SP Daylight 4-8-4 #4449 is expected to power a two-day, round-trip excursion from Portland to Bend, Oregon via the Columbia River Gorge and Deschutes River Canyon
More information: Friends of SP 4449
Related photos: Southern Pacific Daylight 4449 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steamin' Through The Seasons (Yard Goat Images)

JULY 2017

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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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

July 4: Wilmington & Western Railroad "Fireworks Express"
WWRR 4-4-0 #98 pulls a train to the Hockessin fireworks show - Wilmington, Delaware
More information: Wilmington & Western Railroad
Related photos: Wilmington & Western Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)

July 22: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Western Maryland Steam Spectacular (Yard Goat Images)

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 (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)

AUGUST 2017

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)

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 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: 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 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 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)

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 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)

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 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 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)

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)

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: 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)

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
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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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 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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