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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 February 11, 2019.

FEBRUARY 2019

February 15-17: 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 15-18: Durango & Silverton "Winter Photo Train"
Galloping Goose # 5 to Cascade Canyon (Friday), Southern Pacific 4-6-0 #18 to Cascade Canyon (Saturday), mixed freight w/ #476 to Cascade Canyon (Sunday), Goose #5 and SP #18 to Cascade Canyon (Monday), plus night photo sessions in the yard (Saturday & Sunday) - Durango, Colorado
More information: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Related photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Cascade Canyon Winter Train (Yard Goat Images)

February 16 & 26: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
First 2019 steam-powered excursions to the Grand Canyon using 2-8-2 #4960 or 2-8-0 #29 - 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)

MARCH 2019

March 2: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 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)

March 2: 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)

March 14-15 & 17-18: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Photo Charters
Whitney Co. 2-4-4-2 “Skookum” and Polson 2-8-2 #2 to lead log trains and mixed freights, plus night photo session - Garibaldi, Oregon
More information: Trains Magazine
Related photos: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad (SteamPhotos.com)

March 16: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 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)

March 23: 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)

APRIL 2019

April 6 & 20: 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)

April 6 & 20: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 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)

April 27-28: Fillmore & Western Railway Steam RailFest 2019
Baldwin 2-8-0 #14 leads excursions plus antique tractors, caboose rides, and more - Fillmore, California
More information: Fillmore & Western Railway

April 28-29: Texas State Railroad Photo Charter
Tremont & Gulf 2-8-2 #30 (Texas State #400) leads a photo freight, plus night photo session - Palestine, Texas
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Texas State Railroad Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)

MAY 2019

May 1-2: Southern Pacific #18 Photo Charter at the Durango & Silverton
Southern Pacific 4-6-0 #18 leads a mixed freight to Cascade Canyon, plus night photo session - Durango, CO
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Cascade Canyon Winter Train (Yard Goat Images)

May 4: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 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)

May 4: 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)

May 10: Transcontinental Railroad 150th Anniversary
UP 4-8-4 #844 and Big Boy 4-8-8-4 #4014 are expected to make a special excursion along the transcontinental route (Omaha-Sacramento) in April and May 2019 prior to an anniversary celebration on May 10 in Ogden, Utah
Details forthcoming: Union Pacific Steam
Related video: Union Pacific Steam (Yard Goat Images)

May 10-12: Spike 150 at Promontory Summit
Jupiter and #119 replica steam locomotives to arrive Friday morning for a 3-day festival at the Golden Spike National Historic Site west of Brigham City, Utah
Details forthcoming: Golden Spike Foundation and National Park Service

May 18: Iowa Interstate Steam Excursions
Iowa Interstate QJ steam locomotive #6988 powers four trips from Chillicothe to Henry, Illinois
More information: City of Chillicothe
Photos: TrainFestival 2011 w/ Iowa Interstate QJs (SteamPhotos.com)
Video: Steamin' Summer Volume 2 (Yard Goat Images)

May 18-19: 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

May 25-27: 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)

May 25-27: Walkersville Southern Railroad Steam Trains
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 pulls three excursions each day, plus Saturday evening railfan special with runbys north of Walkersville towards Woodsboro - Walkersville, Maryland
More information: Walkersville Southern Railroad

JUNE 2019

June 1: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 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)

June 1: 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)

June 1-2: 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

JULY 2019

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 & 20: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 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)

AUGUST 2019

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 & 17: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 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)

August 4-5 & 11-12: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad Steam
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 powers two weekends of steam excursions from Lebanon, Ohio
Details forthcoming: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad

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 & 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 14 & 28: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 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)

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)

OCTOBER 2019

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, 12, 19-20 & 26-27: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 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 2019

November 2 & 9-10: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 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)

DECEMBER 2019

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)

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