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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 November 7, 2019.

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NOVEMBER 2019

September 27 - November 27: Union Pacific Big Boy "The Great Race Across the Southwest"
UP Big Boy 4-8-8-4 #4014 leaves Cheyenne for Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado
More information: Union Pacific Steam

November 9: Soo Line 1003 Santa Train
Soo Line 2-8-2 #1003 will be steamed up with a caboose for an appearance in Hartford, Wisconsin
For more information: Steam Locomotive Heritage Association
Photos: Soo Line 1003 Photos

November 9: 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
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

November 10: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special" Doubleheader
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 and 2-8-0 #630 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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November 16: Nevada State Railroad Museum Night Photo Shoot
Photo shoot with McKeen Motorcar #22, 4-6-0 #25, and 2-6-0 Glenbrook - Carson City, Nevada
More information: Nevada State Railroad Museum

November 16-17: 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

November 23-24: 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

November 25 - December 18: Canadian Pacific 2019 Holiday Train
CPR's annual Holiday Train makes numerous stops across Canada and the Midwest
For more information: Canadian Pacific Railway

November 29 - December 1: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation "Holiday Express"
SP Daylight 4-8-4 #4449 powers hourly trips from Oaks Amusement Park, Portland, Oregon
More information: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation
Related photos: Southern Pacific Daylight 4449 Photos

November 30 - December 1: Minersville Santa Train Rides
CNJ 0-6-0 #113 powers three trips per day from Minersville, Pennsylvania
More information: Railway Restoration Project 113

November 30 - December 1: 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

November 30 - December 1: Reading & Northern Railroad Santa Trains
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers three trips per day from Reading to Port Clinton, PA
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

DECEMBER 2019

December 6-8: Milwaukee Road 261 "North Pole Express"
Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 leads short trips from St. Paul Union Depot, Minnesota
More information: Friends of the 261
Related photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos

December 7: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Santa Train"
45-minute excursions on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn, Virginia
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

December 7-8: 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 7-8: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation "Holiday Express"
SP Daylight 4-8-4 #4449 powers hourly trips from Oaks Amusement Park, Portland, Oregon
More information: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation
Related photos: Southern Pacific Daylight 4449 Photos

December 7-8: Reading & Northern Railroad Santa Trains
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers three trips per day from Reading to Port Clinton, PA
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

December 8: Steamtown "North Pole Limited"
Baldwin 0-6-0 steam locomotive #26 leads four 1-hour excursions each day - Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Iron Horse Society
Related photos: Steamtown Photos

December 12-15: Milwaukee Road 261 "North Pole Express"
Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 leads short trips from St. Paul Union Depot, Minnesota
More information: Friends of the 261
Related photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos

December 14: Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway Museum "Victorian Christmas"
Steam train rides and horse-drawn sleigh rides during this annual event in Alna, Maine
More information: WW&F Railway Museum

December 14: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Santa Train"
45-minute excursions on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn, Virginia
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

December 14-15: 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 14-15: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation "Holiday Express"
SP Daylight 4-8-4 #4449 powers hourly trips from Oaks Amusement Park, Portland, Oregon
More information: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation
Related photos: Southern Pacific Daylight 4449 Photos

December 14-15: Steamtown "North Pole Limited"
Baldwin 0-6-0 steam locomotive #26 leads four 1-hour excursions each day - Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Iron Horse Society
Related photos: Steamtown Photos

December 14-15: Reading & Northern Railroad Santa Trains
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers three trips per day from Reading to Port Clinton, PA
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

December 20-22: Bellefonte Railroad Historical Society "Santa Express"
One-hour train rides from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
More information: Bellefonte Railroad Historical Society

December 21: 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 21: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Santa Train"
45-minute excursions on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn, Virginia
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

December 21-24: Reading & Northern Railroad Santa Trains
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers three trips per day from Reading to Port Clinton, PA
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery

JANUARY 2020

January 4: Conway Scenic Railroad "Steam in the Snow" Photographer's Special
Grand Trunk 0-6-0 #7470 leads an excursion with runbys to Notchland from North Conway, New Hampshire
More information: Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts
Photos: Conway Scenic Railroad Photos

January 17-19: Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington "Maine Two-Foot Winter 2020"
Three-day photo event features four steam locomotives: Bridgton & Saco River #7, Monson #3, S.D. Warren #2, and WW&F #9 - Alna, Maine
More information: WW&F Railway Museum

FEBRUARY 2020

February 7-9: Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington "Maine Two-Foot Winter 2020"
Three-day photo event features four steam locomotives: Bridgton & Saco River #7, Monson #3, S.D. Warren #2, and WW&F #9 - Alna, Maine
More information: WW&F Railway Museum

February 8: Niles Canyon Railway Photo Charter
Columbia River Belt Line 2-4-4-2 #7 ("Skookum") and Clover Valley Lumber 2-6-6-2T #4 lead photo freights - Sunol, California
More information: Lerro Productions

February 10: Nevada State Railroad Museum Photo Charter
Virginia & Truckee 4-6-0 #25 & 4-4-0 "Inyo" will pull several consists on museum grounds - Carson City, Nevada
More information: Lerro Productions

February 11-12: Virginia & Truckee Railroad Photo Charter
V&T 2-8-0 #29 (relettered as LP&N #680) leads a two-day photo freight - Virginia City, Nevada
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Virginia & Truckee Railroad

February 14-16: 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 21-23: 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 28 - March 1: Cumbres & Toltec Rotary Snowplow Special
Operation of Rotary Snowplow OY with photographer chase buses - Chama, New Mexico
More information: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Details forthcoming: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Photos

MARCH 2020

March 7-8: Nevada Northern Railway "Farewell 40" Photo Charter
Passenger, mixed, and freight trains led by 4-6-0 #40 and 2-8-0 #93 - Ely, Nevada
More information: Trains Magazine
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular

March 28-29: Sierra Railway Photo Charter
Sierra Railway #3 leads a photo charter on the Sierra Northern Railway from Jamestown, California
More information: Lerro Productions

APRIL 2020

April 2-3: Strasburg Rail Road "Winston-Salem Southbound No. 200" Photo Charter
N&W 4-8-0 #475 to appear as Winston-Salem Southbound #200 for day and night photo sessions - Strasburg, PA
More information: Southern Rail Productions
Related photos: Strasburg Rail Road Photos

April 24-25: Three Rivers Rambler "Smoky Mountain Railway No. 107 " Photo Charter
Southern 2-8-0 #154 to appear as Smoky Mountain #107 for day and night photo sessions  - Knoxville, TN
More information: Southern Rail Productions
Related photos: Three Rivers Rambler Photos

April 26-27: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Southern Railway No. 630" Photo Charter
Southern 2-8-0 #630 backdated to its in-service freight appearance for day and night photo sessions - Chattanooga, TN
More information: Southern Rail Productions
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

MAY 2020

May 2-3: Texas State Railroad Photo Charter
Tremont & Gulf 2-8-2 #30 (Texas State #400) leads a two-day photo freight - Palestine, Texas
More information: Trains Magazine
Related photos: Texas State Railroad Photo Gallery

SEPTEMBER 2020

September 23 - October 1: Colorado Steam Charters
8-day steam photo charter at the Colorado Railroad Museum, Georgetown Loop, South Park Rail Society, and Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
More information: Lerro Productions

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