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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 April 17, 2018.

APRIL 2018

April 14 & 21: Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Spring Photo Excursions
WW&F #9 leads mixed and freight trains, plus night photo session (April 21 only) - Alna, Maine
More information: Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories Bonus Feature (Yard Goat Images)

April 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)

April 21: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam to the Grand Canyon (Yard Goat Images)

April 28-29: Fillmore & Western Railway Steam RailFest 2018
Baldwin 2-8-0 #14 leads excursions plus antique tractors, caboose rides, and more - Fillmore, California
More information: Fillmore & Western Railway

MAY 2018

May 5: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam to the Grand Canyon (Yard Goat Images)

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 18-20: Cass Scenic Railroad Rail Heritage Weekend
Saturday trip to Spruce, Sunday trip on the Greenbrier line toward Durbin, plus night photo sessions at Whittaker and Cass Shops - Cass, West Virginia
More information: Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad
Related photos: Cass Railfan Weekend Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Cass Railfan Weekend (Yard Goat Images)

May 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

May 20: Locust Heights & Western Railroad Photo Special
Photo runbys featuring a custom-built Climax Class A steam locomotive, log train cars, actors, and props, plus night photo session and dinner - Clarksburg, West Virginia
More information: GoFundMe

May 26: Strasburg Rail Road "Red Ball Express"
Mixed train photo charter with military theme, proceeds to support Verdant View Farm - Strasburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Strasburg Rail Road
Related photos: Strasburg Rail Road Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

May 26: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

May 26-28: Walkersville Southern Railroad Steam Trains
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 pulls regular excursions, plus railfan special with runbys - Walkersville, MD
More information: Walkersville Southern Railroad

May 26-28: 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)

JUNE 2018

June 2: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam to the Grand Canyon (Yard Goat Images)

June 2: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (Yard Goat Images)

June 2-3: 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

June 9: Black River & Western Railroad Railfest
Black River 2-8-0 #60 leads three trips from Flemington to Ringoes, plus model railroads, live steam, and caboose rides to Bowne - Flemington, New Jersey
More information: Black River Railroad Historical Trust
Photos: Black River & Western Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

June 9: Steam Railroading Institute #126 Train Rides & Hobo Camp
Visiting steam locomotive Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 pulls four trips from Owosso, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: The Great Gathering at Owosso (Yard Goat Images)

June 9-10: Milwaukee Road 261 Steam Excursion to Duluth
Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 leads a round-trip excursion from Minneapolis to Duluth, Minnesota
More information: Friends of the 261
Photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Video: Steam Specials in the Heartland (Yard Goat Images)

June 16-17: Catskill Mountain Railroad Steam Weekend
Viscose 0-4-0 steam locomotive #6 leads four trips per day from Kingston, New York
More information: Catskill Mountain Railroad

June 22-24: Oil Creek & Titusville Steam Train Weekend
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 #85 & Viscose 0-4-0 #6 saddle tank engines lead excursions - Titusville, Pennsylvania
More information: Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad

June 24: Steam Railroading Institute #126 Train Rides & Hobo Camp
Visiting steam locomotive Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 pulls three trips from Owosso, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: The Great Gathering at Owosso (Yard Goat Images)

June 30 - July 1: Allentown & Auburn Railroad Steam Weekend
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 leads two weekends of trips from Kutztown to Topton, PA
More information: Allentown & Auburn Railroad

JULY 2018

July 7: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

July 7: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam to the Grand Canyon (Yard Goat Images)

July 7: Steam Railroading Institute #126 Train Rides & Hobo Camp
Visiting steam locomotive Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 pulls three trips from Owosso, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: The Great Gathering at Owosso (Yard Goat Images)

July 7-8: Allentown & Auburn Railroad Steam Weekend
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 leads two weekends of trips from Kutztown to Topton, PA
More information: Allentown & Auburn Railroad

July 20-22: The Stourbridge Line "Steampunk Special"
Viscose 0-4-0 steam locomotive #6 leads four trips per day from Honesdale, Pennsylvania
More information: The Stourbridge Line

July 21: Denver Post Cheyenne Frontier Days Train
UP 4-8-4 #844 powers the annual excursion from Denver, Colorado to Cheyenne, Wyoming and return. Ferry moves expected to Denver on Thursday (July 19) and return to Cheyenne on Sunday (July 22)
More information: Cheyenne Frontier Days Train & Union Pacific Steam Schedule
Related photos: Cheyenne Frontier Days Train Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

July 21: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

July 28-29: 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)

AUGUST 2018

August 4: Boothbay Railway Village Railfan Day
Inspection car, railbus, and steam train rides, plus demonstrations of a velocipede, speeder, hand car, and more - Boothbay, Maine
More information: Boothbay Railway Village

August 4: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam to the Grand Canyon (Yard Goat Images)

August 11: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

August 18-19: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum Steam Weekend
Viscose 0-4-0 steam locomotive #6 leads two weekends of train rides - Rush, New York
More information: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

August 18-19: Howell Melon Festival Excursions
Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225 leads one hour excursions from Howell to Byron, Michigan
Details forthcoming: Howell Melon Festival
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: The Great Gathering at Owosso (Yard Goat Images)

August 23-26: 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 24-26: Cumbres & Toltec Trains Magazine Photo Charter
K-36s doublehead a two-day photo freight, plus Friday night photo session - Chama, New Mexico
More information: Trains Magazine
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (Yard Goat Images)

August 25-26: 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)

August 25-26: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum Steam Weekend
Viscose 0-4-0 steam locomotive #6 leads two weekends of train rides - Rush, New York
More information: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

August 26 - September 3: Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association "Steam Show"
Pennsy B4a 0-6-0 #643 expected to operate during the annual steam show - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Details forthcoming: Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association

August 30 - September 3: Midwest Old Threshers Reunion
Midwest Central Railroad operates steam locomotives during the festival - Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
More information: Midwest Central Railroad

August 31 - September 3: Hesston Steam & Power Show 2018
Three gauges of operating steam trains plus steam tractor, saw mill, crane, and more - La Porte, Indiana
More information: Hesston Steam Museum

SEPTEMBER 2018

September 1: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam to the Grand Canyon (Yard Goat Images)

September 1: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

September 1-2: Steamtown Railfest 2018
Night photo session; diesel-powered excursions to Moscow; short train rides behind Baldwin 0-6-0 #26; trolley rides from the Electric City Trolley Museum; locomotive shop tours and demonstrations - Scranton, Pennsylvania
Details forthcoming: Steamtown National Historic Site Railfest 2018
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)

September 1-3: 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)

September 4-8: 38th National Narrow Gauge Convention
Annual convention includes a steam excursion (Duluth to Two Harbors), layout tours, museum visits, clinics, contests, and more - Bloomington, Minnesota
More information: National Narrow Gauge Convention

September 8: Steam Railroading Institute #126 Train Rides & Hobo Camp
Visiting steam locomotive Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 pulls three trips from Owosso, Michigan
More information: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: The Great Gathering at Owosso (Yard Goat Images)

September 8-9: Tennessee Valley Railfest
Steam and diesel-powered excursions, demonstrations, and exhibits - Chattanooga, Tennessee
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

September 15: 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 15: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam to the Grand Canyon (Yard Goat Images)

September 15: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

September 15-16: Nickel Plate 765 "The Joliet Rocket"
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads four round-trip excursions from Joliet, Illinois to Chicago Union Station
More information: Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society
Related photos: Nickel Plate 765 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Midwest Steam Part 1 (Yard Goat Images)

September 15-16: Monticello Railway Museum "Railroad Days"
Vintage steam and diesel-powered passenger and freight trains including Southern Railway 2-8-0 steam locomotive #401 - Monticello, Illinois
More information: Monticello Railway Museum

September 28-30: Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) Fall Festival
Hawaii 2-4-2 narrow gauge steam locomotive #5 expected to operate  - Kent, Connecticut
More information: Connecticut Antique Machinery Association

September 29: Schuylkill Haven Borough Day
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 expected to lead three trains from Schuylkill Haven, PA
Details forthcoming: Schuylkill Haven Borough Day
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

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
Details forthcoming: Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec
Related photos: D&RGW 315 on the Cumbres & Toltec (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (Yard Goat Images)

OCTOBER 2018

October 6: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam to the Grand Canyon (Yard Goat Images)

October 6-7: 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 6: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

October 13: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

October 13-14: 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 16-20: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Photo Charters
Two-day and three-day photo charters featuring a log train and mixed freight led by McCloud 2-6-2 #25, Polson Logging 2-8-2 #2, and Whitney Co. 2-4-4-2 “Skookum” - Garibaldi, Oregon
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad (SteamPhotos.com)

October 20: Steam Railroading Institute "The Curwood Highlander"
Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225 powers an excursion from Alma to Owosso, Michigan
Details forthcoming: Steam Railroading Institute
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: The Great Gathering at Owosso (Yard Goat Images)

October 20-21: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

October 27-28: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

NOVEMBER 2018

November 3: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

November 10 & 11: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 and/or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

November 16-18, 23-25 & 30: 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: The Great Gathering at Owosso (Yard Goat Images)

DECEMBER 2018

December 1-2, 7-9 & 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 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: The Great Gathering at Owosso (Yard Goat Images)

MARCH 2019

March 17-18: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
Whitney Co. 2-4-4-2 “Skookum” leads a log train, plus night photo session - Garibaldi, Oregon
More information: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad (SteamPhotos.com)

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