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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 20, 2017.

SEPTEMBER 2017

September 22-24: Durango & Silverton "Fall Photographers Train"
Annual photo specials to Silverton (Sat/Sun) plus night sessions in the yard (Fri/Sat) - Durango, Colorado
More information: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Related photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 1 (Yard Goat Images)

September 22-24: Southern Pacific #18 at the Laws Railroad Museum
Recently restored SP narrow gauge steam locomotive #18 to operate at the museum - Bishop, California
More information: Carson & Colorado Railway

September 22-24: 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 23-24: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad "Steam in the Valley"
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads excursions from Independence, Ohio (Saturday) and Akron, Ohio (Sunday)
More information: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

September 23-24: Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum Steam Weekend
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 pulls three weekends of excursions - Versailles, Kentucky
More information: Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum

September 26-28: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photo Freight Charter (postponed to 2018)
C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309 powers a 3-day photo freight between Cumberland and Frostburg, Maryland
More information: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Western Maryland Steam Spectacular (Yard Goat Images)

September 30: Grand Canyon Railway "Man vs. Machine"
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 30: Schuylkill Haven Borough Day
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 leads three train rides from Schuylkill Haven, PA
More information: Schuylkill Haven Borough Day
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

September 30 - October 1: Milwaukee Road 261 Steam Excursions
Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 leads round-trip excursions with photo run-bys from Minneapolis to Winthrop (Saturday) and Minneapolis to Glencoe, Minnesota (Sunday)
More information: Friends of the 261
Photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Video: Steam Specials in the Heartland (Yard Goat Images)

OCTOBER 2017

October 6-8: Allentown & Auburn Railroad Steam Weekend
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 leads two weekends of trips from Kutztown to Topton, PA
Details forthcoming: Allentown & Auburn Railroad

October 7: St. Marys Railroad "Railroad Days"
Train rides with Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126, plus "at the throttle" experience - St. Marys, GA
More information: St. Marys Railroad

October 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)

October 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)

October 7-8: Reading & Northern "Autumn Leaf" Excursions
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers excursions from Reading 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: 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 9: Steamtown Excursion to Carbondale
Baldwin 0-6-0 #26 powers an excursion from Scranton to Carbondale, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site & Facebook Event
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)

October 14: 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 14-15: 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 14-15: Allentown & Auburn Railroad Steam Weekend
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 leads two weekends of trips from Kutztown to Topton, PA
Details forthcoming: Allentown & Auburn Railroad

October 14-15: Reading & Northern "Autumn Leaf" Excursions
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers excursions from Reading 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 21: St. Marys Railroad "Halloween Express"
Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 pulls two weekends of excursions - St. Marys, Georgia
More information: St. Marys Railroad

October 21-22: 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 28: Steam Railroading Institute "The Curwood Highlander"
Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225 powers an excursion from Alma to 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)

October 28: Mass Bay RRE's "Two Rivers Steam Special" on the Providence & Worcester Railroad
All-day excursion on the P&W and Amtrak from Worcester, Massachusetts to Old Saybrook, Connecticut, then steam-powered excursion (with photo runby) over all operable track on the Valley Railroad
More information: Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts
Related photos: Valley Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

October 28: St. Marys Railroad "Halloween Express"
Lehigh Valley Coal 0-6-0 steam locomotive #126 pulls two weekends of excursions - St. Marys, Georgia
More information: St. Marys Railroad

October 28-29: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special" Doubleheader
Southern 2-8-0 #630 & 2-8-2 #4501 doublehead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

NOVEMBER 2017

November 4: 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 4-5: Everett Railroad Photo Charter
Alco 2-6-0 steam locomotive #11 powers a photo charter around Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania and Claysburg and Martinsburg branches, plus night photo session
More information: Lerro Productions

November 6: Strasburg Rail Road Photo Charter
Norfolk & Western 4-8-0 #475 will appear as N&W #382 for an all-day photo charter plus night photo session in Strasburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Strasburg Rail Road Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

November 7-9: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photo Freight Charter  (postponed to 2018)
C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309 powers a 3-day photo freight between Cumberland and Frostburg, Maryland
More information: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Western Maryland Steam Spectacular (Yard Goat Images)

November 11-12: 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 17-19 & 24-26: 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 2017

December 1-3, 8-10 & 15-17: 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)

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