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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 December 13, 2018.

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DECEMBER 2018

December 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

December 15: 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 15: Louisiana Steam Train Association Christmas Train
Southern Pacific 2-8-2 #745 leads trips at Audubon Park - New Orleans, Louisiana
For more information: Louisiana Steam Train Association

December 15: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Santa Train"
45-minute excursions on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn, Virginia
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

December 15-16: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Santa Trains (Antonito)
Five trips per day from Antonito, Colorado to Ferguson Trestle and return
More information: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

December 15-16: 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 15-16: 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 15-16: 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

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JANUARY 2019

January 12-13: Pere Marquette 1225 Photo Charter
Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225 leads a matching passenger train, plus night photo sessions - Owosso, Michigan
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Winter Gallery

January 14: Huckleberry Railroad Photo Charter
Photo trains with Rio Grande 2-8-2 #464 and Alaska Railroad 4-6-0 #152, plus night photo session - Flint, MI
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Huckleberry Railroad Photo Gallery

FEBRUARY 2019

February 2: Wilmington Chapter NRHS "Super Saturday Streetcar Special XXVI"
Chartered trolley makes photo stops in Southwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
More information: Wilmington Chapter, National Railroad Historical Society

February 8-10: 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 15-17: 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 16 & 26: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
First 2019 steam-powered excursions 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

MARCH 2019

March 2-3: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Flanger & Jordan Spreader Photo Freight
2-day snow plowing charter led by a K36 steam locomotive - Antonito, Colorado
More information: Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Photos

March 16: Winterail
Railroad photography exposition and railroadiana show - Corvallis, Oregon
More information: Winterail

March 14-15 & 17-18: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Photo Charters
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

APRIL 2019

April 27-28: Fillmore & Western Railway Steam RailFest 2019
Baldwin 2-8-0 #14 leads excursions plus antique tractors, caboose rides, and more - Fillmore, California
More information: Fillmore & Western Railway

April 28-29: Texas State Railroad Photo Charter
Tremont & Gulf 2-8-2 #30 (Texas State #400) leads a photo freight, plus night photo session - Palestine, Texas
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Texas State Railroad Photo Gallery

MAY 2019

May 1-2: Southern Pacific #18 Photo Charter at the Durango & Silverton
Southern Pacific 4-6-0 #18 leads a mixed freight to Cascade Canyon, plus night photo session - Durango, CO
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

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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