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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 June 21, 2019.

JUNE 2019

June 22: Steam Railroading Institute "Hobo Camp Excursions"
Visiting steam locomotive Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 leads 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 22-23: Milwaukee Road 261 Hiawatha Excursions
Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 leads round-trip excursions from Minneapolis to Glencoe and Winthrop, Minnesota
More information: Friends of the 261
Photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Video: Steam Specials in the Heartland (Yard Goat Images)

June 29: Iowa Interstate Steam Excursions - Menlo
Iowa Interstate QJ steam locomotive #6988 powers four trips from Menlo, Iowa
More information: Menlo Fire & Rescue
Photos: TrainFestival 2011 w/ Iowa Interstate QJs (SteamPhotos.com)
Video: Steamin' Summer Volume 2 (Yard Goat Images)

June 30: Iowa Interstate Steam Excursions - Anita
Iowa Interstate QJ steam locomotive #6988 powers three trips from Anita, Iowa
More information: Anita Volunteer Fire Department
Photos: TrainFestival 2011 w/ Iowa Interstate QJs (SteamPhotos.com)
Video: Steamin' Summer Volume 2 (Yard Goat Images)

JULY 2019

July 4: Iowa Interstate Steam Excursions - Oxford
Iowa Interstate QJ steam locomotive #6988 powers five trips from Oxford, Iowa
More information: Oxford Fire Department
Photos: TrainFestival 2011 w/ Iowa Interstate QJs (SteamPhotos.com)
Video: Steamin' Summer Volume 2 (Yard Goat Images)

July 4-5: Steam Railroading Institute "The Patriot"
Visiting steam locomotive Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 leads one-hour trips from Fife Lake, 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 4-6: 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 6: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon with 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 6: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

July 8 - August 8: Union Pacific Big Boy "The Great Race Across the Midwest"
UP Big Boy 4-8-8-4 #4014 will visit Omaha, St. Paul, Duluth, Altoona, West Chicago, and Des Moines
More information: Union Pacific Steam

July 13-14: Omaha Railroad Days
Celebration at five area railroad-themed attractions including the UP Railroad Museum, plus UP Big Boy 4-8-8-4 steam locomotive #4014 on display - Omaha, Nebraska
More information: Omaha Railroad Days

July 15: Union Pacific Museum Special
UP Big Boy 4-8-8-4 #4014 powers a public excursion from Omaha, Nebraska to Boone, Iowa
More information: Union Pacific Railroad Museum Association

July 20: Steam Railroading Institute "Hobo Camp Excursions"
Visiting steam locomotive Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 leads two 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 20: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

July 26: Kentucky Railway Museum Heritage Highball Excursion
Clinchfield F7 #800 and C&O 2-8-4 #2716 lead an excursion from New Haven, Kentucky
More information: Kentucky Steam Heritage

AUGUST 2019

August 3: Cumbres & Toltec Photo Freight Charter
D&RGW 315 leads a photo freight from Antonito, Colorado to Chama, New Mexico
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)

August 3: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon with 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 3: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

August 3-4: Huckleberry Railroad Railfan Weekend
Train rides with D&RGW K-27 2-8-2 #464 plus photo special, shop tours, and demonstrations - Flint, Michigan
More information: Huckleberry Railroad & Facebook Page
Related photos: Huckleberry Railroad Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Midwest Steam Part 1 (Yard Goat Images)

August 4-5: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad Steam
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 powers two weekends of steam excursions from Lebanon, Ohio
More information: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad

August 11-12: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad Steam
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 powers two weekends of steam excursions from Lebanon, Ohio
More information: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad

August 17: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

August 23 & 25: New Hope & Ivyland "Steam on the Bethlehem Branch"
New Hope & Ivyland 2-8-0 #40 leads eight round-trips from Lansdale to Souderton, Pennsylvania
More information: New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
Photos: New Hope & Ivyland Railroad (SteamPhotos.com)

August 24: Lansdale Founder's Day Steam Train Excursions
New Hope & Ivyland 2-8-0 #40 leads six round-trips from Lansdale, Pennsylvania to West Point Pike Station
More information: New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
Photos: New Hope & Ivyland Railroad (SteamPhotos.com)

August 24-25: 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 31 - September 1: Steamtown Railfest 2019
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 2019
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)

August 31 - September 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)

SEPTEMBER 2019

September 4-7: 39th National Narrow Gauge Convention
Annual convention includes California State Railroad Museum shop tours, double-headed steam at Railtown 1897, layout tours, museum visits, clinics, contests, and more - Sacramento, California
More information: National Narrow Gauge Convention

September 6-8: Cass Scenic Railroad 2019 Rail Heritage Weekend
Friday trip from Durbin toward Cass, Saturday from Cass toward Durbin, and Sunday from Cass to Whittaker - 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)

September 7: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursions to the Grand Canyon with 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 7: Niles Canyon Railway Mallet Railfan Events
Columbia River Belt Line 2-4-4-2 #7 ("Skookum") and Clover Valley Lumber 2-6-6-2T #4 lead two trips with photo runbys - Fremont, California
More information: Niles Canyon Railway

September 14: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

September 20-22: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad "Steam in the Valley"
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads excursions from Independence and Akron, Ohio
Details forthcoming: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

September 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)

September 21: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursions to the Grand Canyon with 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 27-29: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad "Steam in the Valley"
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads excursions from Independence and Akron, Ohio
Details forthcoming: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

September 27-30: N&W 611 at the Strasburg Rail Road
Norfolk & Western #611 leads four 45-minute excursions each day - Strasburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Strasburg Rail Road
Related photos: Norfolk & Western 611 Photos & Strasburg Rail Road Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam on the Norfolk Southern & Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

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

September 28-29: Stewartstown Railroad Steam
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 powers two weekends of steam excursions from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania
More information: Stewartstown Railroad

 OCTOBER 2019

October 4: N&W 611 at the Strasburg Rail Road
Norfolk & Western #611 leads 45-minute excursions - Strasburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Strasburg Rail Road
Related photos: Norfolk & Western 611 Photos & Strasburg Rail Road Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam on the Norfolk Southern & Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

October 5: Steam Railroading Institute "Cadillac Limited"
Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225 leads an excursion from Mt. Pleasant to Cadillac, 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 5: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

October 5: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon with 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 5-6: 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 5-6: Stewartstown Railroad Steam
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 powers two weekends of steam excursions from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania
More information: Stewartstown Railroad

October 5-7: N&W 611 at the Strasburg Rail Road
Norfolk & Western #611 and #475 in morning, afternoon, and night photo sessions - Strasburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Strasburg Rail Road
Related photos: Norfolk & Western 611 Photos & Strasburg Rail Road Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam on the Norfolk Southern & Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

October 12: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

October 12-13: Union Pacific Big Boy "4014 Journeys"
UP Big Boy 4-8-8-4 #4014 powers a public excursion to benefit RailGiants Train Museum - Pomona, California
Details forthcoming: R&LHS Southern California

October 12-13: 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 12-13: Allentown & Auburn Railroad Steam Days
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 leads a weekend of trips from Kutztown to Topton, PA
Details forthcoming: Allentown & Auburn Railroad

October 19-20: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

October 19-20: 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 26-27: Grand Canyon Railway Photo Charter
Two-day photo charter with 2-8-0 #29 - Williams, Arizona
More information: Grand Canyon Railway
Related photos: Grand Canyon Railway Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam to the Grand Canyon (Yard Goat Images)

October 26-27: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

NOVEMBER 2019

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

November 2-3: Cass Climax Centennial Homecoming
Moore-Keppel Climax #9 leads a 2-day photo special along with a Shay and Heisler - Cass, West Virginia
More information: Trains Magazine
Related photos: Cass Railfan Weekend Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Cass Railfan Weekend (Yard Goat Images)

November 9-10: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 and/or 2-8-0 #630 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

November 16, 17, 23, 24, 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 2019

December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21: 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 14: Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway Museum "Victorian Christmas"
Steam train rides and horse-drawn sleigh rides during this annual event in Alna, Maine
More information: WW&F Railway Museum
Video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories - Bonus Feature (Yard Goat Images)

JANUARY 2020

January 17-19: Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington "Maine Two-Foot Winter 2020"
Three-day photo event features four steam locomotives: Bridgton & Saco River #7, Monson #3, S.D. Warren #2, and WW&F #9 - Alna, Maine
More information: WW&F Railway Museum
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories Bonus Feature (Yard Goat Images)

FEBRUARY 2020

February 7-9: Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington "Maine Two-Foot Winter 2020"
Three-day photo event features four steam locomotives: Bridgton & Saco River #7, Monson #3, S.D. Warren #2, and WW&F #9 - Alna, Maine
More information: WW&F Railway Museum
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories Bonus Feature (Yard Goat Images)

February 11-12: Virginia & Truckee Railroad Photo Charter
V&T 2-8-0 #29 (relettered as LP&N #680) leads a two-day photo freight - Virginia City, Nevada
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Virginia & Truckee Railroad (SteamPhotos.com)

February 14-16 & 21-23: 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 29 - March 1: Cumbres & Toltec Rotary Snowplow Special
Two-day operation of Rotary Snowplow OY expected - Chama, New Mexico
Details forthcoming: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (Yard Goat Images)

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