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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 January 20, 2020.

FEBRUARY 2020

February 7-9: Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington "Maine Two-Foot Winter 2020"
Three-day photo event features four steam locomotives: Bridgton & Saco River #7, Monson #3, S.D. Warren #2, and WW&F #9 - Alna, Maine
More information: WW&F Railway Museum
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories Bonus Feature (Yard Goat Images)

February 8: 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

February 10: Nevada State Railroad Museum Photo Charter
Virginia & Truckee 4-6-0 #25 & 4-4-0 "Inyo" will pull several consists on museum grounds - Carson City, Nevada
More information: Lerro Productions

February 11-12: Virginia & Truckee Railroad Photo Charter
V&T 2-8-0 #29 (relettered as LP&N #680) leads a two-day photo freight - Virginia City, Nevada
More information: Lerro Productions
Related photos: Virginia & Truckee Railroad (SteamPhotos.com)

February 14-16: 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: Grand Canyon Railway Steam Excursion to the Canyon
First 2020 steam-powered excursions 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)

February 15-16: Durango & Silverton "Winter Photographer's Special"
Excursion with photo runbys (Sunday) plus night photo session in the yard (Saturday) - 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 21-23: 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 28 - March 1: Cumbres & Toltec Rotary Snowplow Special
Operation of Rotary Snowplow OY with photographer chase buses - Chama, New Mexico
More information: 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 2020

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

March 7: 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 7-8: Nevada Northern Railway "Farewell 40" Photo Charter
Passenger, mixed, and freight trains led by 4-6-0 #40 and 2-8-0 #93 - Ely, Nevada
More information: Trains Magazine
Related photos: Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Spectacular (SteamPhotos.com)

March 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)

March 21: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

March 28-29: Sierra Railway Photo Charter
Sierra Railway #3 leads a photo charter on the Sierra Northern Railway from Jamestown, California
More information: Lerro Productions
Related video: California Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

APRIL 2020

April 4: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

April 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)

April 11: North Carolina Transportation Museum "Easter Bunny Express"
Jeddo Coal 0-4-0 steam locomotive #85 pulls the caboose train for one day only - Spencer, North Carolina
More information: NC Transportation Museum

April 18: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

April 24-25: Three Rivers Rambler "Smoky Mountain Railway No. 107 " Photo Charter
Southern 2-8-0 #154 to appear as Smoky Mountain #107 for day and night photo sessions  - Knoxville, TN
More information: Southern Rail Productions
Related photos: Three Rivers Rambler Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Southern Steam (Yard Goat Images)

April 25: 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)

April 26-27: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Southern Railway No. 630" Photo Charter
Southern 2-8-0 #630 backdated to its in-service freight appearance for day and night photo sessions - Chattanooga, TN
More information: Southern Rail Productions
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Southern Steam (Yard Goat Images)

MAY 2020

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

May 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)

May 2-3: Texas State Railroad Photo Charter
Tremont & Gulf 2-8-2 #30 (Texas State #400) leads a two-day photo freight - Palestine, Texas
More information: Trains Magazine
Related photos: Texas State Railroad Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)

May 16-17: 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 23-25: 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

May 23-25: 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 30-31: 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

JUNE 2020

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

June 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)

June 13-14: Steamtown Railfest 2020
Diesel-powered excursions to Moscow, short train rides behind Baldwin 0-6-0 #26, trolley rides from the Electric City Trolley Museum, locomotive shop tours and demonstrations - Scranton, Pennsylvania
Details forthcoming: Steamtown National Historic Site Railfest 2020
Related photos: Steamtown Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)

JULY 2020

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)

July 4: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

July 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)

July 18: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

AUGUST 2020

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

August 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)

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

August 22-29: 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
Details forthcoming: 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 27-30: 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

August 29-30: 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 2020

September 2-5: 40th National Narrow Gauge Convention
Annual convention to be held in St. Louis, Missouri
Details forthcoming: National Narrow Gauge Convention

September 4-7: Hesston Steam & Power Show 2020
Three gauges of operating steam trains plus steam tractor, saw mill, crane, and more - La Porte, Indiana
Details forthcoming: Hesston Steam Museum

September 5: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 leads a trip from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Summerville, Georgia
More information: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

September 5-7: 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)

September 5 & 19: 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)

September 23 - October 1: Colorado Steam Charters
8-day steam photo charter at the Colorado Railroad Museum, Georgetown Loop, South Park Rail Society, and Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
More information: Lerro Productions

OCTOBER 2020

October 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)

October 3-4: 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)

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