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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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FEATURED EVENTS

May 17-18: Durango & Silverton Photo Charter
Pulled by a K-36 or K-37, our photo charter will feature a work train consist with MOW hoppers and flat cars headed toward Needleton. A night photo session in the Durango Yard and roundhouse rounds out the event. Durango, Colorado
More information: Dak Dillon Photography

September 21: Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Steam Mixed Train Charter & Night Shoot
2-foot narrow gauge 0-4-4 No. 9 of the WW&F Railway leads a noon-9pm charter with historic freight and passenger equipment. A night session with runbys and staged statics will wrap up the evening. Runbys coordinated for optimal lighting and enhanced with period props and actors. Alna, Maine
More information: Dynamo Productions

MAY 2024

April 24 - May 28: CPKC Final Spike Steam Tour
Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 #2816 tours from Calgary to Mexico City to celebrate the anniversary of the CP/KCS merger
More information: CPKC

May 9: East Broad Top Photo Freight
EBT 2-8-2 #16 leads a photo freight, plus workshop tour - Rockhill Furnace, Pennsylvania
More information: Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society
Related photos: East Broad Top Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: East Broad Top (Dynamo Productions)

May 11: CNJ 113 Night Photo Session
CNJ 0-6-0 #113 will be fired up for the event, with Project 113 volunteers posing for scenes - Minersville, Pennsylvania
More information: Railway Restoration Project 113
Related video: CNJ 113 (Dynamo Productions)

May 17-18: Durango & Silverton Photo Charter
Pulled by a K-36 or K-37, our photo charter will feature a work train consist with MOW hoppers and flat cars headed toward Needleton. A night photo session in the Durango Yard and roundhouse rounds out the event. Durango, Colorado
More information: Dak Dillon Photography
Related photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

May 18: Sugar Express "Lake Placid Limited"
U.S. Sugar 4-6-2 #148 leads an excursion from Clewiston to Lake Placid, Florida
More information: Sugar Express
Related video: US Sugar 148 (Dynamo Productions)

May 18-19: 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
Related video: Walkersville Southern Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

May 18-19: Hocking Valley Steam Train Special
0-6-0 steam locomotive #3 leads two trips from Nelsonville, Ohio
More information: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
Related video: Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

May 20: Colorado Railroad Museum Photo Special
Photo opportunities featuring RGS 20 and Rio Grande 491 plus night photo session - Golden, Colorado
More information: Dak Dillon Photography

May 25: Reading & Northern Iron Horse Ramble
Reading 4-8-4 T-1 #2102 leads an excursion from Reading Outer Station to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Reading & Northern Steam Special (Dynamo Productions)

May 25: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Everett Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

May 25-27: Walkersville Southern Railroad Steam Trains
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 pulls three excursions each day, plus Saturday evening photo special - Walkersville, Maryland
More information: Walkersville Southern Railroad
Related video: Walkersville Southern Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

JUNE 2024

June 1: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads an excursion from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Tennessee Valley Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

June 1-2: 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
Related video: Walkersville Southern Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

June 22: Reading & Northern Iron Horse Ramble
Reading 4-8-4 T-1 #2102 leads an excursion Nesquehoning to Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania for the 43rd annual Founders Day Festival
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Reading & Northern Steam Special (Dynamo Productions)

June 22: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads an excursion from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Tennessee Valley Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

June 29: Sugar Express "Lake Placid Limited"
U.S. Sugar 4-6-2 #148 leads an excursion from Clewiston to Lake Placid, Florida
More information: Sugar Express
Related video: US Sugar 148 (Dynamo Productions)

JULY 2024

July 20-21: Prairie Village Railroad Days
Train rides with Lima 0-6-0 #29, doodlebug, and motorcars - Prairie Village, South Dakota
More information: Historic Prairie Village

AUGUST 2024

August 3: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
K-27 steam locomotive #463 leads a mixed train charter to Osier from Antonito, Colorado
More information: Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Freight, Cumbres & Toltec Passenger, D&RGW 315 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Cumbres & Toltec (Dynamo Productions)

August 17: Reading & Northern Iron Horse Ramble
Reading 4-8-4 T-1 #2102 leads an excursion Nesquehoning to Pittston, Pennsylvania for the annual Tomato Festival
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Reading & Northern Steam Special (Dynamo Productions)

August 24-25: 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)
Related video: Tweetsie Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

August 31: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Everett Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

SEPTEMBER 2024

September 9: Kentucky & Tennessee Railway #12 Photo Charter
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 (as K&T #12) leads a charter with photo run-bys, antique props, and period actors - Chattanooga, Tennessee
More information: Steven Saine Railfan Productions
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Tennessee Valley Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

September 14 & 28: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads an excursion from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Tennessee Valley Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

September 19-23: White Pass & Yukon Rail Enthusiast Spectacular
3-day charter featuring Baldwin 2-8-2 #73 and GE shovelnose diesels operating the full route between Carcross, Yukon and Skagway, Alaska
More information: Trains & Travel International

September 21: Wiscasset Waterville & Farmington Steam Mixed Train Charter & Night Shoot
2-foot narrow gauge 0-4-4 No. 9 of the WW&F Railway leads a noon-9pm charter with historic freight and passenger equipment. A night session with runbys and staged statics will wrap up the evening. Runbys coordinated for optimal lighting and enhanced with period props and actors. Alna, Maine
More information: Dynamo Productions

OCTOBER 2024

October 5, 12-13 & 19-20: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads an excursion from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Tennessee Valley Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

October 8-9: Valley Railroad Company Photo Charter
Two days of photo opportunities in beautiful fall colors including a passenger and freight consist, pulled by 2-8-2 #40 and 2-8-2 #3025. Essex, Connecticut
More information: Dak Dillon Photography
Related photos: Valley Railroad (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Valley Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

October 9: Virginia & Truckee Railroad Railfan Spectacular
McCloud River Railroad 2-8-2 #18 leads a photo special - Virginia City, Nevada
More information: Trains & Travel International
Related photos: Virginia & Truckee Railroad (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Virginia & Truckee Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

October 10: Albany & Eastern Railroad Photo Special
Santa Maria 2-6-2 #205 leads a two-day rare mileage photo freight from Lebanon, Oregon
More information: Brodie Photography

October 10-11: East Broad Top Railfan Spectacular
EBT 2-8-2 #16 leads a photo freight, plus workshop tour - Rockhill Furnace, Pennsylvania
More information: Trains & Travel International
Related photos: East Broad Top Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: East Broad Top (Dynamo Productions)

October 15: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
McCloud River 2-6-2 #25 leads a photo freight - Garibaldi, Oregon
More information: Brodie Photography
Related photos: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

October 18-19: Durango & Silverton Photo Charter
Two-day charter led by a K-28 steam locomotive, plus night photo session in Silverton. Durango, Colorado
More information: Trains Magazine
Related photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

October 21-27: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
Charter features D&RG 4-6-0 #168, 2-8-0 #315/425, K27 #463, and a K36 doubleheader with a variety of consists between Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado
More information: Lerro Photography
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Freight, Cumbres & Toltec Passenger, D&RGW 315 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Cumbres & Toltec (Dynamo Productions)

October 28: Santa Fe 2926 Yard Photo Shoot
Short photo runbys and staged scenes with Santa Fe 4-8-4 #2926 - Albuquerque, New Mexico
More information: Lerro Photography

NOVEMBER 2024

November 2-3: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads an excursion from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Tennessee Valley Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

 

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