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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 October 1, 2019.

OCTOBER 2019

September 27 - November 27: Union Pacific Big Boy "The Great Race Across the Southwest"
UP Big Boy 4-8-8-4 #4014 leaves Cheyenne for Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado
More information: Union Pacific Steam
Related video: Big Boy 4014 in the Midwest (Yard Goat Images)

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 between Union Pacific West Colton Yard and Barstow, California via Cajon Pass
More information: R&LHS Southern California
Related video: Big Boy 4014 in the Midwest (Yard Goat Images)

October 12-13: 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 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
More information: 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: East Broad Top Railroad Photo Event
Steam engine #17 and gas electric M-1 positioned in the yard for afternoon/night photos - Orbisonia, Pennsylvania
For more information: East Broad Top Railroad
For photos: East Broad Top Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

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: Nevada State Railroad Museum Night Photo Shoot
Photo shoot with McKeen Motorcar #22, 4-6-0 #25, and 2-6-0 Glenbrook - Carson City, Nevada
More information: Nevada State Railroad Museum

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 8, 14 & 15: Steamtown "North Pole Limited"
Baldwin 0-6-0 steam locomotive #26 leads four 1-hour excursions each day - Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Iron Horse Society
Related photos: Steamtown Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

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 8: Niles Canyon Railway Photo Charter
Columbia River Belt Line 2-4-4-2 #7 ("Skookum") and Clover Valley Lumber 2-6-6-2T #4 lead photo freights - Sunol, California
More information: Lerro Productions

February 10: Nevada State Railroad Museum Photo Charter
Virginia & Truckee 4-6-0 #25 & 4-4-0 "Inyo" will pull several consists on museum grounds - Carson City, Nevada
More information: Lerro Productions

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: 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 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)

MARCH 2020

March 7-8: Nevada Northern Railway "Farewell 40" Photo Charter
Passenger, mixed, and freight trains led by 4-6-0 #40 and 2-8-0 #93 - Ely, Nevada
More information: Trains Magazine
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular (SteamPhotos.com)

March 28-29: Sierra Railway Photo Charter
Sierra Railway #3 leads a photo charter on the Sierra Northern Railway from Jamestown, California
More information: Lerro Productions
Related video: California Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

SEPTEMBER 2020

September 23 - October 1: Colorado Steam Charters
8-day steam photo charter at the Colorado Railroad Museum, Georgetown Loop, South Park Rail Society, and Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
More information: Lerro Productions

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