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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 August 16, 2018.

AUGUST 2018

August 18: Iowa Interstate Steam Excursions to benefit Mitchellville Firefighter Association
Iowa Interstate QJ steam locomotive #6988 powers four 45-minute trips from Mitchellville, Iowa
More information: Mitchellville Firefighter Association
Photos: TrainFestival 2011 w/ Iowa Interstate QJs (SteamPhotos.com)
Video: Steamin' Summer Volume 2 (Yard Goat Images)

August 18-19: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum Steam Weekend
Viscose 0-4-0 steam locomotive #6 leads two weekends of train rides - Rush, New York
More information: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

August 18-19: Howell Melon Festival Excursions
Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225 leads one hour excursions from Howell to Byron, Michigan
More information: Howell Melon Festival
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Summer & Fall Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: The Great Gathering at Owosso (Yard Goat Images)

August 19: Iowa Interstate Steam Excursions to benefit Brooklyn Volunteer Fire Department
Iowa Interstate QJ steam locomotive #6988 powers five 45-minute trips from Brooklyn, Iowa
More information: Brooklyn Volunteer Fire Department
Photos: TrainFestival 2011 w/ Iowa Interstate QJs (SteamPhotos.com)
Video: Steamin' Summer Volume 2 (Yard Goat Images)

August 23-26: 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 24-26: Cumbres & Toltec Trains Magazine Photo Charter
K-36s doublehead a two-day photo freight, plus Friday night photo session - Chama, New Mexico
More information: Trains Magazine
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (Yard Goat Images)

August 24-26: North Shore Scenic Railroad Steam Excursions
Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #28 leads excursions from Duluth to Two Harbors, Minnesota
More information: Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Related video: Steam Stars: Western Maryland 734 & Soo Line 2719 (Yard Goat Images)

August 25-26: 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)

August 25-26: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum Steam Weekend
Viscose 0-4-0 steam locomotive #6 leads two weekends of train rides - Rush, New York
More information: Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

August 26 - September 3: Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association "Steam Show"
Pennsy B4a 0-6-0 #643 expected to operate during the annual steam show - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
More information: Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association

August 30 - September 3: Midwest Old Threshers Reunion
Midwest Central Railroad operates steam locomotives during the festival - Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
More information: Midwest Central Railroad

August 31 - September 2: North Shore Scenic Railroad Steam Excursions
Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #28 leads excursions from Duluth to Two Harbors, Minnesota
More information: Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Related video: Steam Stars: Western Maryland 734 & Soo Line 2719 (Yard Goat Images)

August 31 - September 3: Hesston Steam & Power Show 2018
Three gauges of operating steam trains plus steam tractor, saw mill, crane, and more - La Porte, Indiana
More information: Hesston Steam Museum

August 31 - September 3: N&W 611 at the North Carolina Transportation Museum
Norfolk & Western #611 leads rides at the museum, plus Saturday night photo session - Spencer, North Carolina
More information: 2018 Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Norfolk & Western 611 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam on the Norfolk Southern (Yard Goat Images)

SEPTEMBER 2018

September 1: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion 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)

September 1: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

September 1-2: Steamtown Railfest 2018
Diesel-powered excursions to Moscow; Sunday morning photo special, short train rides behind Baldwin 0-6-0 #26; trolley rides from the Electric City Trolley Museum; locomotive shop tours and demonstrations - Scranton, Pennsylvania
More information: Steamtown National Historic Site Railfest 2018
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)

September 1-3: 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)

September 4-8: 38th National Narrow Gauge Convention
Annual convention includes a steam excursion (Duluth to Two Harbors), layout tours, museum visits, clinics, contests, and more - Bloomington, Minnesota
More information: National Narrow Gauge Convention

September 7-9: North Shore Scenic Railroad Steam Excursions
Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #28 leads excursions from Duluth to Two Harbors, Minnesota
More information: Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Related video: Steam Stars: Western Maryland 734 & Soo Line 2719 (Yard Goat Images)

September 8: Steam Railroading Institute #126 Train Rides & Hobo Camp
Visiting steam locomotive Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 0-6-0 #126 pulls three trips from Owosso, 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)

September 8-9: Milwaukee Road 261 "Gourmet Express" Steam Excursions
Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 leads round-trip excursions from Minneapolis to Glencoe, Minnesota
More information: Friends of the 261
Photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Video: Steam Specials in the Heartland (Yard Goat Images)

September 8-9: Tennessee Valley Railfest
Steam and diesel-powered excursions, demonstrations, and exhibits - Chattanooga, Tennessee
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

September 14-16: North Shore Scenic Railroad Steam Excursions
Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 steam locomotive #28 leads excursions from Duluth to Two Harbors, Minnesota
More information: Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Related video: Steam Stars: Western Maryland 734 & Soo Line 2719 (Yard Goat Images)

September 15: 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)

September 15: Grand Canyon Railway Anniversary
Steam-powered excursion 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)

September 15: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

September 15-16: Nickel Plate 765 "The Joliet Rocket"
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads four round-trip excursions from Joliet, Illinois to Chicago Union Station
More information: Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society
Related photos: Nickel Plate 765 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Midwest Steam Part 1 (Yard Goat Images)

September 15-16: Monticello Railway Museum "Railroad Days"
Vintage steam and diesel-powered passenger and freight trains including Southern Railway 2-8-0 steam locomotive #401 - Monticello, Illinois
More information: Monticello Railway Museum

September 21-23: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad "Steam in the Valley"
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads excursions from Independence, Ohio (Fri/Sat) and Akron, Ohio (Sun)
More information: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

September 22-23: N&W 611 at the North Carolina Transportation Museum
Norfolk & Western #611 throttle time sessions, cab rides, and caboose rides - Spencer, North Carolina
More information: 2018 Norfolk Southern Steam Schedule
Related photos: Norfolk & Western 611 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam on the Norfolk Southern (Yard Goat Images)

September 28-30: Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) Fall Festival
Hawaii 2-4-2 narrow gauge steam locomotive #5 expected to operate  - Kent, Connecticut
More information: Connecticut Antique Machinery Association

September 28-30: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad "Steam in the Valley"
Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 leads excursions from Independence, Ohio (Fri/Sat) and Akron, Ohio (Sun)
More information: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

September 29: Schuylkill Haven Borough Day
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 expected to lead three trains from Schuylkill Haven, PA
Details forthcoming: Schuylkill Haven Borough Day
Related photos: Reading & Northern Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

September 29 - October 1: Cumbres & Toltec Photo Freight Charter
K-36 steam locomotive leads a photo freight to Osier and return on Saturday, followed by 315 and 463 to Cumbres and return (Sunday/Monday) - Antonito, Colorado
More information: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad and Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec
Related photos: D&RGW 315 on the Cumbres & Toltec (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (Yard Goat Images)

OCTOBER 2018

October 4-5: Carson & Colorado Railway Steam-Up
Southern Pacific 4-6-0 #18 will be steamed up for the Lone Pine Film Festival - Independence, California
More information: Carson & Colorado Railway

October 6: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
Steam-powered excursion 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)

October 6-7: 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 6: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

October 13: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

October 13-14: 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 16-20: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Photo Charters
Two-day and three-day photo charters featuring a log train and mixed freight led by McCloud 2-6-2 #25, Polson Logging 2-8-2 #2, and Whitney Co. 2-4-4-2 “Skookum” - Garibaldi, Oregon
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad (SteamPhotos.com)

October 20: Steam Railroading Institute "The Curwood Highlander"
Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225 powers an excursion from Alma to Owosso, 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 20-21: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

October 27-28: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

NOVEMBER 2018

November 3: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

November 10 & 11: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-0 #630 and/or 2-8-2 #4501 lead a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

November 16-18, 23-25 & 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 2018

December 1-2, 7-9 & 14-16: 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)

JANUARY 2019

January 12-13: Pere Marquette 1225 Photo Charter
Pere Marquette 2-8-4 #1225 leads a matching passenger train, plus night photo sessions - Owosso, Michigan
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Steam Railroading Institute in Winter Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: The Great Gathering at Owosso (Yard Goat Images)

MARCH 2019

March 17-18: Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Photo Charter
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)

MAY 2019

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

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