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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 November 19, 2021.

NOVEMBER 2021

November 20-21 & 26-28: 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)

November 26-28: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation "Holiday Express"
SP Daylight 4-8-4 #4449 powers hourly trips from Oaks Amusement Park, Portland, Oregon
More information: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation
Related photos: Southern Pacific Daylight 4449 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steamin' Through The Seasons (Yard Goat Images)

DECEMBER 2021

December 3-5 & 9-12: Milwaukee Road 261 "North Pole Express"
Annual Christmas train led by Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 steam locomotive #261 (first weekend) and Milwaukee Road E9 diesel #32A (second weekend) - St. Paul Union Depot, Minnesota
More information: Friends of the 261
Related photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam Specials in the Heartland (Yard Goat Images)

December 4-5: Santiam Excursion Trains "Candy Cane Express"
Santa Maria Valley 2-8-2 #205 leads four excursions each day on the Albany & Eastern Railroad from Lebanon, Oregon
More information: Santiam Excursion Trains

December 4-5, 11-12 & 18-19: 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 4-5, 11-12 & 18-19: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation "Holiday Express"
SP Daylight 4-8-4 #4449 powers hourly trips from Oaks Amusement Park, Portland, Oregon
More information: Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation
Related photos: Southern Pacific Daylight 4449 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steamin' Through The Seasons (Yard Goat Images)

December 11-12: Minersville Santa Steam Train
CNJ 0-6-0 #113 powers three trips per day from Minersville, Pennsylvania
More information: Railway Restoration Project 113

December 17-19: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad "Polar Express"
C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309 expected to pull the holiday train on three days only - Cumberland, Maryland
More information: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam Stars: Western Maryland 734 & Soo Line 2719 (Yard Goat Images)

JANUARY 2022

January 2: Conway Scenic Railroad "Steam in the Snow" Photographer's Special
Grand Trunk 0-6-0 #7470 leads an excursion with runbys to Notchland from North Conway, New Hampshire
More information: Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts
Related photos: Conway Scenic Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 1 (Yard Goat Images)

January 8-9: Conway Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
Grand Trunk 0-6-0 #7470 leads a two-day mixed freight photo charter - North Conway, New Hampshire
More information: Lerro Photography
Related photos: Conway Scenic Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 1 (Yard Goat Images)

January 29-30: U.S. Sugar 4-6-2 No. 148 Photo Charter
Recently restored 1920 Alco Pacific pulls passenger and replica freight consists - Clewiston, Florida
For more information: Trains Magazine

MARCH 2022

March 26-27: Sierra Railway Photo Charter
Sierra Railway 4-6-0 #3 leads a mixed train on the Sierra Northern Railway - Jamestown, California
More information: Lerro Productions

March 28: 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

OCTOBER 2022

October 4-5: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
Two-day photo charter featuring a log train and mixed freight led by Polson Logging 2-8-2 #2 and Craig Mountain Lumber Heisler #3 - Garibaldi, Oregon
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad (SteamPhotos.com)

October 6-7: Albany & Eastern Railroad Photo Charter
Two-day photo charter featuring a log train and mixed freight led by recently acquired Santa Maria Valley 2-6-2 #205
More information: Lerro Productions

October 14: SP&S 700 Photo Charter
Afternoon and night photo sessions feature SP&S 4-8-4 #700 at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center in Portland, Oregon
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: SP&S 700 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

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