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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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See also: Tourist Railroads, Steam Locomotives, Locomotive Records & Statistics, Steam Photos, YouTube Vids
Last updated December 13, 2018.

DECEMBER 2018

December 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)

December 15: 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)

December 15: Louisiana Steam Train Association Christmas Train
Southern Pacific 2-8-2 #745 leads trips at Audubon Park - New Orleans, Louisiana
For more information: Louisiana Steam Train Association

December 15-16: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Santa Trains (Antonito)
Five trips per day from Antonito, Colorado to Ferguson Trestle and return
More information: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (Yard Goat Images)

December 15-16: 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 15-16: Reading & Northern Railroad Santa Trains
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers three trips per day from Reading to Port Clinton, PA
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

December 22-24: Reading & Northern Railroad Santa Trains
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers three trips per day from Reading to Port Clinton, PA
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

Winter Steam & Snow: Many tourist railroads operate steam locomotives during summer and autumn, then switch to diesel engines (or shutdown entirely) during the winter months. Further, most railfan events and charters occur during summer and fall. This leaves a small number of railroads where one may catch the beauty of steam in snow. In addition to the special events listed elsewhere on this calendar, the following railroads offer steam excursions at times of potential snowfall:

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad - Portland, Maine (Fri-Sun through December 23)
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat (Valley Railroad) - Essex, Connecticut (daily through December 28)
Steam Into History - New Freedom, Pennsylvania (weekends through December 23)
Strasburg Rail Road - Strasburg, Pennsylvania (Thu-Sun through December 31)
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad - New Hope, Pennsylvania (daily through December 31)
Black River & Western Railroad - Flemington, New Jersey (weekends through December 23)
Wilmington & Western Railroad - Wilmington, Delaware (weekends through December 23)
Everett Railroad - Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania (weekends through December 16)
Huckleberry Railroad - Flint, Michigan (Fri-Sun through December 30)
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad - Durango, Colorado (daily through Dec, then Thu-Sat in Jan/Feb)
Sumpter Valley Railroad - Baker City, Oregon (second weekend in December)
Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad - Garibaldi, Oregon (weekends through December 23)
Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad - Elbe, Washington (daily through December 31)
Chelatchie Prairie Railroad - Yacolt, Oregon (third and fourth weekends in December)
Chehalis-Centralia Railroad - Chehalis, Washington (weekends through December 16)

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)

January 14: Huckleberry Railroad Photo Charter
Photo trains with Rio Grande 2-8-2 #464 and Alaska Railroad 4-6-0 #152, plus night photo session - Flint, MI
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Huckleberry Railroad Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Midwest Steam Part 1 (Yard Goat Images)

FEBRUARY 2019

February 8-10: 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 15-17: 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 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 2-3: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Flanger & Jordan Spreader Photo Freight
2-day snow plowing charter led by a K36 steam locomotive - Antonito, Colorado
More information: Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Related photos: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam in the Mountains Vol. 2 (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)

APRIL 2019

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 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)

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