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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 19, 2022.

SEPTEMBER 2022

September 24-25: Santa Fe 3751 on display in Fullerton
AT&SF 4-8-4 #3751 travels from Los Angeles to Fullerton, California, for public display at a community rail safety event
More information: San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society

September 30 - October 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)

OCTOBER 2022

October 1: Nickel Plate 765 "Tri-State Scenic Steam Excursion"
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads an all-day excursion from Edon, Ohio to Hillsdale, Michigan
More information: Indiana Rail Experience
Related photos: Nickel Plate 765 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

October 1: 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)

October 1: Reading & Northern Railroad Iron Horse Rambles
Reading & Northern 4-8-4 #2102 powers an excursion from Reading to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

October 1-2: Milwaukee Road 261 "Gourmet Express" Steam Excursions
Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 leads round-trip excursions from Chanhassen, Minnesota
More information: Friends of the 261
Photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Video: Steam Specials in the Heartland (Yard Goat Images)

October 1-2: Sugar Express "Lake Placid Limited"
Recently restored U.S. Sugar 4-6-2 #148 leads excursions from Clewiston, Florida
More information: Sugar Express

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

October 8: Reading & Northern Railroad Iron Horse Rambles
Reading & Northern 4-8-4 #2102 powers an excursion from Reading to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

October 13-14: 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 21-22: Durango & Silverton "Fall Photographers Train"
Photo special to Silverton, plus Friday night session in the yard - 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)

October 24-25: Cumbres & Toltec "Toltec Rattler Redux"
12-hour photo freights led by a K-36 - Chama, New Mexico
More information: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Passenger Trains, Cumbres & Toltec Freight Trains (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (Yard Goat Images)

October 29: Reading & Northern Railroad Iron Horse Rambles
Reading & Northern 4-8-4 #2102 powers an excursion from Reading to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

NOVEMBER 2022

November 4-6: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309 leads a photo freight, plus night photo sessions - Cumberland, Maryland
More information: Trains Magazine
Related photos: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam Stars: Western Maryland 734 & Soo Line 2719 (Yard Goat Images)

November 4-6: Cass Scenic Railroad 2022 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 5: Everett Railroad Photo Charter
Alco 2-6-0 steam locomotive #11 powers a mixed freight - Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Chris Lantz Photography
Related photos: Everett Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

November 5-6: Walkersville Southern Railroad Steam Trains
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 pulls three excursions each day - Walkersville, Maryland
More information: Walkersville Southern Railroad

November 5-6: Reading & Northern Railroad Fall Foliage Excursions
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 #425 steam excursions from Reading to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

November 9-10: N&W 611 Photo Shoot at the Strasburg Rail Road
Norfolk & Western #611 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: Norfolk & Western 611 & Strasburg Rail Road (Dynamo Productions)

November 11-13: Three Eras of Railroading Photo Charters
Three photo charters at Pennsylvania railroads: Northern Central, Middletown & Hummelstown, East Broad Top
More information: Dynamo Productions
Related photos: Northern Central Railroad, East Broad Top (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Northern Central Railroad (Dynamo Productions)

November 11-13: N&W 611 at the Strasburg Rail Road
Norfolk & Western #611 leads hourly excursions - Strasburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Strasburg Rail Road
Related photos: Norfolk & Western 611 Photos & Strasburg Rail Road Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Norfolk & Western 611 & Strasburg Rail Road (Dynamo Productions)

November 12-13: Walkersville Southern Railroad Steam Trains
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 pulls three excursions each day - Walkersville, Maryland
More information: Walkersville Southern Railroad

November 13: Soo Line 1003 Photo Charter
Soo Line 2-8-2 #1003 leads a photo freight from Hartford, Wisconsin
For more information: Trains Magazine
Photos: Soo Line 1003 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

November 19-20: Walkersville Southern Railroad Steam Trains
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 pulls three excursions each day - Walkersville, Maryland
More information: Walkersville Southern Railroad

JANUARY 2023

January 19-21: Sugar Express Rare Mileage Excursion
U.S. Sugar 4-6-2 steam locomotive #148 and South Central Florida Express diesel locomotives power 3 days of excursions with runbys from Clewiston, Florida
More information: Sugar Express

FEBRUARY 2023

February 2-3: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309 pulls two weekends of photo freights - Cumberland, Maryland
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam Stars: Western Maryland 734 & Soo Line 2719 (Yard Goat Images)

February 3-5: Nevada Northern Railway "Winter Steam Photo Spectacular"
3-day weekend photographing freight and passenger trains with 2-8-0 #93 and 2-80 #81 - Ely, Nevada
More information: Nevada Northern Railway
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular (SteamPhotos.com)

February 8-9: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309 pulls two weekends of photo freights - Cumberland, Maryland
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam Stars: Western Maryland 734 & Soo Line 2719 (Yard Goat Images)

February 17-19: Nevada Northern Railway "Winter Steam Photo Spectacular"
3-day weekend photographing freight and passenger trains with 2-8-0 #93 and 2-80 #81 - Ely, Nevada
More information: Nevada Northern Railway
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular (SteamPhotos.com)

 

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