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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 October 3, 2018.

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: 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)

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 13: 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)

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 13-14: Reading & Northern Railroad Fall Foliage Excursions
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers excursions from Reading to Jim Thorpe, PA
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

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

October 20-21: Reading & Northern Railroad Fall Foliage Excursions
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers excursions from Reading to Jim Thorpe, PA
More information: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

October 27: Age of Steam Roundhouse Tours
Group tours of the private roundhouse with vintage steam and diesel locomotives - Sugarcreek, Ohio
More information: Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park

October 27-28: 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)

NOVEMBER 2018

November 3: 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)

November 10 & 11: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum "Summerville Steam Special"
Southern 2-8-2 #4501 (and Southern 2-8-0 #630?) leads a trip from Chattanooga, TN to Summerville, GA
Details forthcoming: Tennessee Valley Railroad
Related photos: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Photos (SteamPhotos.com)

November 16-18: 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)

November 23-24: 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)

November 23-25: 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)

November 29 - December 2: Milwaukee Road 261 "North Pole Express"
Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 leads short trips from St. Paul Union Depot, Minnesota
More information: Friends of the 261
Related photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam Specials in the Heartland (Yard Goat Images)

November 30 - December 2: 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: Minersville Santa Train Rides
CNJ 0-6-0 #113 powers three trips per day from Minersville, Pennsylvania
More information: Railway Restoration Project 113

December 1-2: 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 6-9: Milwaukee Road 261 "North Pole Express"
Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 leads short trips from St. Paul Union Depot, Minnesota
More information: Friends of the 261
Related photos: Milwaukee Road 261 Photos (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Steam Specials in the Heartland (Yard Goat Images)

December 7-9: 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 8-9: 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 8-9: Reading & Northern Railroad Santa Trains
Reading & Northern 4-6-2 steam locomotive #425 powers three trips per day from Reading to Port Clinton, PA
Details forthcoming: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (Yard Goat Images)

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 15-16: 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
Details forthcoming: Reading & Northern Railroad
Related photos: Reading & Northern 425 Photo Gallery (SteamPhotos.com)
Related video: Pennsylvania Steam Stories (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)

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)

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)

APRIL 2019

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 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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