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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 May 2, 2022.

MAY 2022

May 7: Nickel Plate 765 Night Photo Shoot
Night photo shoot with Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765, vintage freight cars, and cabooses - New Haven, Indiana
More information: Chris Lantz Photography
Related photos: Nickel Plate 765 Night Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

May 7: 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)

May 7: NC Transportation Museum "At The Throttle"
Participants can operate Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 - Spencer, North Carolina
More information: North Carolina Transportation Museum

May 13-15: 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

May 20: Age of Steam Roundhouse Photo Session
Small group photo session in the roundhouse, plus operation of Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 #12 - Sugarcreek, OH
More information: Trains Magazine

May 20-22: 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

May 21: 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)

May 27-30: 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)

May 28: Reading & Northern Railroad Iron Horse Rambles
Reading & Northern 4-8-4 #2102 powers an excursion from Reading to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

JUNE 2022

June 4: 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)

June 11-12: Steamtown Railfest 2022
Excursions to Moscow, trolley rides from the Electric City Trolley Museum, locomotive shop tours and demonstrations - Scranton, Pennsylvania
Details forthcoming: Steamtown National Historic Site
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)

JULY 2022

July 1-4: Great Western Steam Up
Visiting steam locomotives including including Southern Pacific 18, Eureka & Palisade 4, Santa Cruz Portland Cement 2, Bluestone Mining & Smelting 1, Nevada County Narrow Gauge 5, and Cortez Mining Co “Ann Marie” - Carson City, Nevada
More information: Great Western Steam Up

July 1-4: 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)

July 2: Reading & Northern Railroad Iron Horse Rambles
Reading & Northern 4-8-4 #2102 powers an excursion from Reading to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

July 2: 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)

July 19: Sumpter Valley Railroad Photo Charter
Photo runbys with Heisler #3 and historic freight and passenger equipment - Baker City, Oregon
More information: Trains Magazine
Related photos: Sumpter Valley Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

AUGUST 2022

August 6: 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)

August 6-7: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad Steam
Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 powers two weekends of steam excursions from Lebanon, Ohio
More information: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad

August 6-7: Huckleberry Railroad Railfan Weekend
Train rides with Alaska Railroad 4-6-0 #152 plus shop tours, demonstrations, photo special, and model trains - Flint, Michigan
Details forthcoming: Huckleberry Railroad & Facebook Page
Related photos: Huckleberry Railroad Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Midwest Steam Part 1 (Yard Goat Images)

August 13: Reading & Northern Railroad Iron Horse Rambles
Reading & Northern 4-8-4 #2102 powers an excursion from Reading to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

August 13-14: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad Steam
Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 powers two weekends of steam excursions from Lebanon, Ohio
More information: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad

August 20: Black Hills Central RR Double Header & 65th Anniversary
Mallet locomotives #108 and #110 lead a doubleheader with photo opportunities - Hill City, South Dakota
More information: Black Hills Central Railroad
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 1 (Yard Goat Images)

August 25-28: 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
Related video: Trains, Tractors, Threshers: A Celebration of Rural Life (Yard Goat Images)

August 27-28: 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)

SEPTEMBER 2022

September 2-5: 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)

September 3: Reading & Northern Railroad Iron Horse Rambles
Reading & Northern 4-8-4 #2102 powers an excursion from Reading to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

September 3 & 17: 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 18: 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)

September 30 - October 2: 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 2022

October 1: 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)

October 1-2: Reading & Northern Railroad Iron Horse Rambles
Reading & Northern 4-8-4 #2102 powers excursions from Reading to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

October 4-5: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
Two-day photo charter featuring a log train and mixed freight led by Polson Logging 2-8-2 #2 and Craig Mountain Lumber Heisler #3 - Garibaldi, Oregon
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad (SteamPhotos.com)

October 6-7: Albany & Eastern Railroad Photo Charter
Two-day photo charter featuring a log train and mixed freight led by recently acquired Santa Maria Valley 2-6-2 #205
More information: Lerro Productions

October 8: SP&S 700 Photo Charter
Afternoon and night photo sessions feature SP&S 4-8-4 #700 at Oregon Rail Heritage Center in Portland, OR
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: SP&S 700 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

October 8-9: Reading & Northern Railroad Iron Horse Rambles
Reading & Northern 4-8-4 #2102 powers excursions from Reading to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

October 13-14: 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 24-25: Cumbres & Toltec "Toltec Rattler Redux"
12-hour photo freights led by a K-36 - Chama, New Mexico
More information: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Passenger Trains, Cumbres & Toltec Freight Trains (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (Yard Goat Images)

October 29-30: Reading & Northern Railroad Iron Horse Rambles
Reading & Northern 4-8-4 #2102 powers excursions from Reading to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

NOVEMBER 2022

November 4-6: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309 leads a photo freight, plus night photo sessions - Cumberland, Maryland
More information: Trains Magazine
Related photos: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam Stars: Western Maryland 734 & Soo Line 2719 (Yard Goat Images)

November 4-6: Cass Scenic Railroad 2022 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 5: Everett Railroad Photo Charter
Alco 2-6-0 steam locomotive #11 powers a mixed freight - Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Chris Lantz Photography
Related photos: Everett Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

November 5-6: 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

November 5-6: Reading & Northern Railroad Fall Foliage Excursions
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 #425 steam excursions from Reading to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

November 11-13: Three Eras of Railroading Photo Charters
Three photo charters at Pennsylvania railroads: Northern Central, Middletown & Hummelstown, East Broad Top
More information: Dynamo Productions
Related photos: Northern Central Railroad, East Broad Top (SteamPhotos.com)

November 12-13: 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

November 19-20: 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

FEBRUARY 2023

February 2-3 & 8-9: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309 pulls two weekends of photo freights - Cumberland, Maryland
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam Stars: Western Maryland 734 & Soo Line 2719 (Yard Goat Images)

February 3-5: Nevada Northern Railway "Winter Steam Photo Spectacular"
3-day weekend photographing freight and passenger trains with 2-8-0 #93 and 2-80 #81 - Ely, Nevada
More information: Nevada Northern Railway
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular (SteamPhotos.com)

February 17-19: Nevada Northern Railway "Winter Steam Photo Spectacular"
3-day weekend photographing freight and passenger trains with 2-8-0 #93 and 2-80 #81 - Ely, Nevada
More information: Nevada Northern Railway
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular (SteamPhotos.com)

 

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