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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 3, 2017.

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DECEMBER 2017

December 7-10: 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 8-10: 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 9: ELDCPS Santa Trains from East Stroudsburg to Slateford
Three diesel-powered excursions through the Delaware Water Gap from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society (ELDCPS)
Related photos: Steamtown Excursion Photos

December 9: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Santa Train"
45-minute excursions on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn, Virginia
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

December 9-10: 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 10: ELDCPS Santa Train from East Stroudsburg to Gouldsboro
Diesel-powered round-trip excursion from East Stroudsburg to Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania
More information: Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society (ELDCPS)
Related photos: Steamtown Excursion Photos

December 14-17: Huntington Holiday Express
Diesel-powered excursions from Huntington, West Virginia
More information: Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society

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December 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

December 16: 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 16: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS "Santa Train"
45-minute excursions on the Buckingham Branch Railroad from Dillwyn, Virginia
More information: Old Dominion Chapter NRHS

December 16-17: 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 23: 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

FEBRUARY 2018

February 9-11: Nevada Northern Railway "Winter Steam Photo Spectacular"
3-day weekend photographing freight and passenger trains with 4-6-0 #40 - Ely, Nevada
More information: Nevada Northern Railway
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular

February 16-18: Nevada Northern Railway "Winter Steam Photo Spectacular"
3-day weekend photographing freight and passenger trains with 4-6-0 #40 - Ely, Nevada
More information: Nevada Northern Railway
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular

February 17: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
First 2018 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

MARCH 2018

March 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

March 12-13: Southern Railway Photo Charter
Southern 2-8-0 #630 & 2-8-2 #4501 double-head a two-day photo freight, plus night photo session - Chattanooga, Tennessee
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos

March 17: Winterail
Railroad photography exposition and railroadiana show - Corvallis, Oregon
More information: Winterail

MAY 2018

May 17-18: Monticello Railway Museum Photo Charter
Southern 2-8-0 #401 leads a photo freight, plus night photo session - Monticello, Illinois
More information: Southern Rail Productions

May 20: Whitewater Valley Photo Special
Lima-Hamilton diesel #25 leads a photo freight, plus night photo session - Metamora, Indiana
More information: Southern Rail Productions

JUNE 2018

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

SEPTEMBER 2018

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
More information: Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec
Related photos: D&RGW 315 on the Cumbres & Toltec

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