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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 January 11, 2018.

FEBRUARY 2018

February 9-11: Nevada Northern Railway "Winter Steam Photo Spectacular"
3-day weekend photographing freight and passenger trains with 2-8-0 #93 and 4-6-0 #40 - Ely, Nevada
More information: Nevada Northern Railway
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular (SteamPhotos.com)

February 10: St. Marys Railroad Wild West Steam Express
Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 leads three trips, plus "at the throttle" opportunities - St. Marys, GA
Details forthcoming: St. Marys Railroad

February 16-18: Nevada Northern Railway "Winter Steam Photo Spectacular"
3-day weekend photographing freight and passenger trains with 2-8-0 #93 and 4-6-0 #40 - Ely, Nevada
More information: Nevada Northern Railway
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular (SteamPhotos.com)

February 16-18: Durango & Silverton "Winter Photo Train"
Steam photo special to Cascade Canyon (Sunday), Galloping Goose # 5 photo specials to Cascade Canyon (Saturday & Sunday), plus night photo sessions in the yard (Friday & Saturday) - Durango, Colorado
More information: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Related photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Cascade Canyon Winter Train (Yard Goat Images)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)

February 17: St. Marys Railroad Wild West Steam Express
Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 leads four trips, plus "at the throttle" opportunities - St. Marys, GA
Details forthcoming: St. Marys Railroad

MARCH 2018

March 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)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)

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 (SteamPhotos.com)

APRIL 2018

April 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)

April 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)

April 21: Everett Railroad "Steam Into The Cove"
Alco 2-6-0 steam locomotive #11 powers a 27-mile round-trip excursion from Holidaysburg 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)

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)

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 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

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)

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

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)

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)

AUGUST 2018

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)

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 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)

SEPTEMBER 2018

September 15: Everett Railroad "Steam Into The Cove"
Alco 2-6-0 steam locomotive #11 powers a 27-mile round-trip excursion from Holidaysburg to Martinsburg, PA
More information: Everett Railroad
Related photos: Everett Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

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

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