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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 20, 2021.

JUNE 2021

June 26-27: Stewartstown Railroad Steam
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 powers three weekends of steam excursions from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania
More information: Stewartstown Railroad

JULY 2021

July 3: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon using 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 3-5: 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)

AUGUST 2021

August 5 - September 6: Union Pacific Big Boy 2021 Steam Tour
UP Big Boy 4-8-8-4 #4014 leaves Cheyenne for travel through Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Colorado
More information: Union Pacific Steam
Related video: Big Boy 4014 in the Midwest (Yard Goat Images)

August 7: Huckleberry Railroad Railfan Weekend
Train rides with Alaska Railroad 4-6-0 #152 plus shop tours, demonstrations, and model trains - 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 7: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon using 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 7-8: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad Steam
Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 powers two weekends of steam excursions from Lebanon, Ohio
More information: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad

August 14-15: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad Steam
Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 powers two weekends of steam excursions from Lebanon, Ohio
More information: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad

August 21: Iowa Interstate Steam Excursions - Oxford
Iowa Interstate QJ steam locomotive #6988 powers four 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)

August 21-29: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Roundup of Victorian Iron Horses
Visiting steam locomotives include Eureka & Palisade #4, Glenbrook, and D&RGW #315 (as #425), plus recently restored D&RGW #168 - Antonito, Colorado
More information: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec, D&RGW #315, Eureka & Palisade #4 (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (Yard Goat Images)

August 26-29: Prairie Village Annual Steam Threshing Jamboree
Train rides with Lima 0-6-0 #29 and Alco 0-4-0T #11 - Prairie Village, South Dakota
More information: Historic Prairie Village
Related video: Trains, Tractors, Threshers: A Celebration of Rural Life (Yard Goat Images)

August 28-29: 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 2021

September 2-3: Durango & Silverton Photo Charter
Two-day photo freight with K37 #493 and SP 4-6-0 #18 plus night photo session in Silverton - Durango, Colorado
More information: Trains Magazine
Related photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Cascade Canyon Winter Train (Yard Goat Images)

September 2-6: Midwest Old Threshers Reunion
Midwest Central Railroad operates steam locomotives during the festival - Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
More information: Midwest Central Railroad

September 3-5, 10-12 & 24-26: Nevada Northern Railway Loco 81 Photo Weekends
3-day weekend photographing freight and passenger trains with newly restored 2-8-0 steam locomotive #81 - Ely, Nevada
More information: Nevada Northern Railway
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular (SteamPhotos.com)

September 4: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon using 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 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)

September 18: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion to the Grand Canyon using 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 25: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Locomotive 168 Photo Charter
D&RGW #168 leads a charter with historic passenger consist - Antonito, Colorado
More information: Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (Yard Goat Images)

OCTOBER 2021

October 2-3: 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 7-8: Cumbres & Toltec Rio Grande Photo Special
Two-day photo charter with D&RGW #168 and a K-36 - Chama, New Mexico
More information: Trains & Travel
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Passenger Trains, Cumbres & Toltec Freight Trains (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (Yard Goat Images)

October 8-10: Nevada Northern Railway Locomotive 81 Photo Special
3-day photo charter with newly restored 2-8-0 #81 - Ely, Nevada
More information: Nevada Northern Railway
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular (SteamPhotos.com)

NOVEMBER 2021

November 5-7: Cass Scenic Railroad 2021 Rail Heritage Weekend
Three days of photography opportunities with Heisler #6 and Shays #4 & #5 - Durbin & Cass, West Virginia
Details forthcoming: Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad
Related photos: Cass Railfan Weekend Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Cass Railfan Weekend (Yard Goat Images)

November 6: Everett Railroad Photo Charter
Alco 2-6-0 steam locomotive #11 powers a mixed freight with photo runbys from sunrise to sunset - Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania
More information: Historic Transport Preservation
Related photos: Everett Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

November 7: Strasburg Rail Road Photo Charter
Norfolk & Western 4-8-0 #475 powers a mixed freight with photo runbys from sunrise to sunset - Strasburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Historic Transport Preservation
Related photos: Strasburg Rail Road Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: More Pennsylvania Steam Stories (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)

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

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