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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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Last updated September 13, 2021.

SEPTEMBER 2021

September 17-19: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad "Steam in the Valley"
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads three weekends of excursions from Independence and Akron, Ohio
More information: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

September 18: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon using 2-8-2 #4960 - Williams, Arizona
More information: Grand Canyon Railway
Related photos: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam to the Grand Canyon (Yard Goat Images)

September 24-26: Nevada Northern Railway Loco 81 Photo Weekends
3-day weekend photographing freight and passenger trains with newly restored 2-8-0 steam locomotive #81 - Ely, Nevada
More information: Nevada Northern Railway
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular (SteamPhotos.com)

September 25: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Locomotive 168 Photo Charter
D&RGW #168 leads a charter with historic passenger consist - Antonito, Colorado
More information: Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (Yard Goat Images)

September 27-29: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
Three-day charter with RGS 4-6-0 #20, D&RGW 2-8-0 #315 (as #425), and D&RGW 4-6-0 #168 - Antonito, Colorado
More information: Lerro Photography
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec, D&RGW #315 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (Yard Goat Images)

OCTOBER 2021

October 1-3: Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum "Berkshires in Bellevue"
Caboose rides and cab rides with Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765, plus night photo sessions with both #765 & #757 - Bellevue, Ohio
More information: Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society

October 2-3: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Steam Excursions
Steam excursions with Santa Fe 4-6-2 #3415 from Abilene, Kansas
More information: Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad
Related video: Midwest Steam Part 2 (Yard Goat Images)

October 2-3: Reading & Northern Railroad Fall Foliage Excursions
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 #425 steam excursions from Reading to Jim Thorpe, and RDC excursions from Pottsville to Jim Thorpe, PA
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

October 7-8: Cumbres & Toltec Rio Grande Photo Special
Two-day photo charter with D&RGW #168 and a K-36 - Chama, New Mexico
More information: Trains & Travel
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Passenger Trains, Cumbres & Toltec Freight Trains (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (Yard Goat Images)

October 8-10: Nevada Northern Railway Locomotive 81 Photo Special
3-day photo charter with newly restored 2-8-0 #81 - Ely, Nevada
More information: Nevada Northern Railway
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular (SteamPhotos.com)

October 23-24: Reading & Northern Railroad Fall Foliage Excursions
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 #425 steam excursions from Reading to Jim Thorpe, and RDC excursions from Pottsville to Jim Thorpe, PA
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

October 23-24: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)

October 30-31: Reading & Northern Railroad Fall Foliage Excursions
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 #425 steam excursions from Reading to Jim Thorpe, and RDC excursions from Pottsville to Jim Thorpe, PA
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

NOVEMBER 2021

November 5-7: Cass Scenic Railroad 2021 Rail Heritage Weekend
Three days of photography opportunities with Heisler #6 and Shays #4 & #5 - Durbin & Cass, West Virginia
Details forthcoming: Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad
Related photos: Cass Railfan Weekend Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Cass Railfan Weekend (Yard Goat Images)

November 6: Everett Railroad Photo Charter
Alco 2-6-0 steam locomotive #11 powers a mixed freight with photo runbys from sunrise to sunset - Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania
More information: Historic Transport Preservation
Related photos: Everett Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

November 7: Strasburg Rail Road Photo Charter
Norfolk & Western 4-8-0 #475 powers a mixed freight with photo runbys from sunrise to sunset - Strasburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Historic Transport Preservation
Related photos: Strasburg Rail Road Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: More Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

November 8: Northern Central York 17 New Mileage Photo Charter
York 17 leads a photo charter along newly restored track from Hanover Jct to York, PA, including Howard Tunnel. Period props and actors will be used to create Civil War scenes.
More information: Northern Central Railway
Related photos: Northern Central Railway Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

JANUARY 2022

January 2: 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
Related photos: Conway Scenic Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 1 (Yard Goat Images)

January 8-9: Conway Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
Grand Trunk 0-6-0 #7470 leads a two-day mixed freight photo charter - North Conway, New Hampshire
More information: Lerro Photography
Related photos: Conway Scenic Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 1 (Yard Goat Images)

MARCH 2022

March 26-27: Sierra Railway Photo Charter
Sierra Railway 4-6-0 #3 leads a mixed train on the Sierra Northern Railway - Jamestown, California
More information: Lerro Productions

March 28: 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

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