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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 May 22, 2018.

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MAY 2018

May 26: Strasburg Rail Road "Red Ball Express"
Mixed train photo charter with military theme, proceeds to support Verdant View Farm - Strasburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Strasburg Rail Road
Related photos: Strasburg Rail Road Photo Gallery

May 26: 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

May 26-28: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Steam Excursions
Steam excursions with Santa Fe 4-6-2 #3415 from Abilene, Kansas
More information: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

May 26-28: Walkersville Southern Railroad Steam Trains
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam loco #85 pulls regular excursions, plus railfan special with runbys - Walkersville, MD
More information: Walkersville Southern Railroad

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JUNE 2018

June 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

June 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

June 2: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Springtime Special"
Two excursions on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn to New Canton, Virginia and return
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

June 2-3: Cumbres & Toltec Photo Freight Charter
D&RGW 315 leads a two-day photo freight from Antonito to Cumbres and return
More information: Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec
Related photos: D&RGW 315 on the Cumbres & Toltec

June 2-3: Walkersville Southern Railroad Steam Trains
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 pulls three excursions each day - Walkersville, Maryland
More information: Walkersville Southern Railroad

June 9: Black River & Western Railroad Railfest
Black River 2-8-0 #60 leads three trips from Flemington to Ringoes, plus model railroads, live steam, and caboose rides to Bowne - Flemington, New Jersey
More information: Black River Railroad Historical Trust
Photos: Black River & Western Railroad Photos

June 9: Conway Scenic Railroad "A Date With Millie"
Photo special with RDC-1 #23 “Millie” over the Redstone Branch and to Frankenstein Trestle - North Conway, NH
More information: Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts
Related photos: Conway Scenic Railroad Photos

June 9: Steam Railroading Institute #126 Train Rides & Hobo Camp
Visiting steam locomotive Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 pulls four trips from Owosso, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery

June 16-17: 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

June 22-24: Oil Creek & Titusville Steam Train Weekend
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 #85 & Viscose 0-4-0 #6 saddle tank engines lead excursions - Titusville, Pennsylvania
More information: Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad

June 23-24: Rail Festival at Carillon Park
Live steam trains, historical exhibits, and model train displays - Dayton, Ohio
More information: Carillon Park Rail & Steam Society

June 24: Steam Railroading Institute #126 Train Rides & Hobo Camp
Visiting steam locomotive Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 pulls three trips from Owosso, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery

June 30 - July 1: Allentown & Auburn Railroad Steam Weekend
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 leads two weekends of trips from Kutztown to Topton, PA
More information: Allentown & Auburn Railroad

JULY 2018

July 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

July 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

July 7: Steam Railroading Institute #126 Train Rides & Hobo Camp
Visiting steam locomotive Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 pulls three trips from Owosso, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery

July 7-8: Allentown & Auburn Railroad Steam Weekend
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 leads two weekends of trips from Kutztown to Topton, PA
More information: Allentown & Auburn Railroad

July 14: North Shore Scenic Railroad "Streamliner to Two Harbors"
Soo Line FP7 #2500 leads an excursion from Duluth to Two Harbors, Minnesota
More information: North Shore Scenic Railroad

July 14-15: Clamshell Railroad Days
Pullman car tours, rail history slideshow, and model train displays; Ilwaco, Washington
More information: Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

July 14-15: Omaha Railroad Days
Celebration at five area railroad-themed attractions including the UP Railroad Museum - Omaha, Nebraska
More information: Omaha Railroad Days

July 20-22: The Stourbridge Line "Steampunk Special"
Viscose 0-4-0 steam locomotive #6 leads four trips per day from Honesdale, Pennsylvania
More information: The Stourbridge Line

July 21: 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 21: Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days Train
UP 4-8-4 #844 powers the annual excursion from Denver, Colorado to Cheyenne, Wyoming and return. Ferry move expected to Denver on Thursday (July 19).
More information: Cheyenne Frontier Days Train & Union Pacific Steam Schedule
Related photos: Cheyenne Frontier Days Train Photos

July 22: Union Pacific Museum Special
UP 4-8-4 #844 powers a public excursion from Denver, Colorado to Cheyenne, Wyoming
More information: Union Pacific Railroad Museum Association

July 28-29: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Steam Excursions
Steam excursions with Santa Fe 4-6-2 #3415 from Abilene, Kansas
More information: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad

AUGUST 2018

August 4: Boothbay Railway Village Railfan Day
Inspection car, railbus, and steam train rides, plus demonstrations of a velocipede, speeder, hand car, and more - Boothbay, Maine
More information: Boothbay Railway Village

August 4: 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

August 4: 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 11: 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 11: Summerail
Railroad slide presentations and model train show - Marion, Ohio
More information: Marion Union Station Association

August 18-19: 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 18-19: Howell Melon Festival Excursions
Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225 leads one hour excursions from Howell to Byron, Michigan
Details forthcoming: Howell Melon Festival
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery

August 23-26: 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 24-26: Cumbres & Toltec Trains Magazine Photo Charter
K-36s doublehead a two-day photo freight, plus Friday night photo session - Chama, New Mexico
More information: Trains Magazine
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Photos

August 25-26: 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 25-26: 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 26 - September 3: Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association "Steam Show"
Pennsy B4a 0-6-0 #643 expected to operate during the annual steam show - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Details forthcoming: Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association

August 30 - September 3: Midwest Old Threshers Reunion
Midwest Central Railroad operates steam locomotives during the festival - Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
More information: Midwest Central Railroad

August 31 - September 3: Hesston Steam & Power Show 2018
Three gauges of operating steam trains plus steam tractor, saw mill, crane, and more - La Porte, Indiana
More information: Hesston Steam Museum

SEPTEMBER 2018

September 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

September 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

September 1-2: Steamtown Railfest 2018
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
Details forthcoming: Steamtown National Historic Site Railfest 2018
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery

September 1-2: Conway Scenic Railroad "Railfans Day"
Diesel-powered excursions including rare mileage trip to Whitefield, plus night photo session - North Conway, NH
Details forthcoming: Conway Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Conway Scenic Railroad Photos

September 1-3: 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 4-8: 38th National Narrow Gauge Convention
Annual convention includes a steam excursion (Duluth to Two Harbors), layout tours, museum visits, clinics, contests, and more - Bloomington, Minnesota
More information: National Narrow Gauge Convention

September 8: Steam Railroading Institute #126 Train Rides & Hobo Camp
Visiting steam locomotive Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 pulls three trips from Owosso, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery

September 8-9: 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 8-9: Tennessee Valley Railfest
Steam and diesel-powered excursions, demonstrations, and exhibits - Chattanooga, Tennessee
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

September 8-9: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Photo Special
Two diesel-powered excursions each day including rare mileage - Leadville, Colorado
More information: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

September 15: Everett Railroad "Steam Into The Cove"
Alco 2-6-0 steam locomotive #11 powers a 27-mile round-trip excursion from Hollidaysburg to Martinsburg, PA
More information: Everett Railroad
Related photos: Everett Railroad Photos

September 15: 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 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

September 15-16: Nickel Plate 765 "The Joliet Rocket"
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

September 15-16: 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 15-16: 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 15-16: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Photo Special
Two diesel-powered excursions each day including rare mileage - Leadville, Colorado
More information: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

September 15-17: North Platte Rail Days
Tours of Bailey Yard and Golden Spike Tower plus model train show, equipment displays, kids events, food, and more - North Platte, Nebraska
More information: North Platte Rail Days

September 22: 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 22: Milford Alive
Diesel locomotive "Millie" powers free train rides over a mile of restored track in Milford, New Jersey
Details forthcoming: Milford Alive and NYS&W T&HS

September 22-23: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Photo Special
Two diesel-powered excursions each day including rare mileage - Leadville, Colorado
More information: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

September 28-30: 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 29: Schuylkill Haven Borough Day
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 expected to lead three trains from Schuylkill Haven, PA
Details forthcoming: Schuylkill Haven Borough Day
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Photos

September 29-30: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Photo Special
Two diesel-powered excursions each day including rare mileage - Leadville, Colorado
More information: Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

September 29 - October 1: Cumbres & Toltec Photo Freight Charter (tentative)
K-36 steam locomotive leads a photo freight to Osier and return on Saturday, followed by 315 and 463 to Cumbres and return (Sunday/Monday) - Antonito, Colorado
Details forthcoming: Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec
Related photos: D&RGW 315 on the Cumbres & Toltec

OCTOBER 2018

October 6: Steam Railroading Institute "Northern Arrow"
Diesel-powered excursion from Kalkaska to Petoskey, Michigan
Details forthcoming: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery

October 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

October 6-7: 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 6: 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 13: Steam Railroading Institute "Cadillac Limited"
Diesel-powered excursion from Mt. Pleasant to Cadillac, Michigan
Details forthcoming: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery

October 13: 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 13: 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 13-14: 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 16-20: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Photo Charters
Two-day and three-day photo charters featuring a log train and mixed freight led by McCloud 2-6-2 #25, Polson Logging 2-8-2 #2, and Whitney Co. 2-4-4-2 “Skookum” - Garibaldi, Oregon
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

October 20: Steam Railroading Institute "The Curwood Highlander"
Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225 powers an excursion from Alma to Owosso, Michigan
Details forthcoming: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery

October 20-21: 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 20-21: 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 27-28: 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 27-28: 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 2018

November 3: 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 10 & 11: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 and/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 16-18, 23-25 & 30: 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 2018

December 1-2, 7-9 & 14-16: 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

MARCH 2019

March 17-18: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
Whitney Co. 2-4-4-2 “Skookum” and Polson 2-8-2 #2 to lead log trains and mixed freights, plus night photo session - Garibaldi, Oregon
More information: Trains Magazine
Related photos: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

MAY 2019

May 10: Transcontinental Railroad 150th Anniversary
UP 4-8-4 #844 and Big Boy 4-8-8-4 #4014 are expected to make a special excursion along the transcontinental route (Omaha-Sacramento) in April and May 2019 prior to an anniversary celebration on May 10 in Ogden, Utah
Details forthcoming: Union Pacific Steam

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