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Steam train events in US and Canada


This listing is maintained for personal use and is not intended to be a complete diary of steam train events in the USA and Canada. SVS Film will not be responsible for any errors or omissions, nor will be responsible for any expenses or other costs incurred as a result of the information printed here. All schedules are subject to change without notice. PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS SCHEDULE TO MAKE TRAVEL PLANS WITHOUT CHECKING WITH THE RAILROAD/OPERATOR FIRST.

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MILW 261 leaving Red Wing, October 2006.
Copyright © John McIvor 2006


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Latest Steam Train Diary updates May 13, 2017


May 29 - Roanoke VA, both #611 Monday trips will run to Walton (Radford)
June 23, 24, 25 - Duluth MI excursions with 2-8-0 #28
August 19 and 20 - Howell MI, PM 1225 excursions
October 28 - Alma MI, PM 1225 excursion to Owosso
November and December dates - Owosso MI, North Pole Express with PM 1225
2019 - UP 150th Anniversary website update


Diary for 2017


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May 2017


May 6 - Williams AZ. Grand Canyon 2-8-2 #4960 or 2-8-0 #29 due to operate the round trip to the Canyon.
For details - Grand Canyon Steam Schedule

May 6 and 7 - Lynchburg VA. N&W 4-8-4 #611 to operate a round trip to Petersburg VA.
For details - Fire Up 611

May 20 - Chattanooga TN: Tennessee Valley Railway Museum trip to Summerville GA with steam.
For details - TVRM

May 27, 28 and 29 - Roanoke VA. N&W 4-8-4 #611 to operate round trips to Lynchburg VA and Walton (Radford) VA on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, both morning and afternoon round trips will run to Walton (Radford)
For details - Fire Up 611


June 2017


June 1 - 3 - 'Sheyenne River Valley Hiawatha' - Fargo/Davenport ND. MILW 4-8-4 #261 will head round trip evening excursions to Lisbon ND on Red River Valley & Western on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 June. On Saturday June 3 #261 will pull an evening excursion from Wahpeton to Kindred ND.
For details - Friends of 261

June 3 - Williams AZ. Grand Canyon 2-8-2 #4960 or 2-8-0 #29 due to operate the round trip to the Canyon.
For details - Grand Canyon Steam Schedule

June 3 and 4 - Antonito CO: Photo special organised by the Friends of the C&TSR with locomotive 315. Antonito to Cumbres on Saturday, returning to Antonito on Sunday
For details - Loco 315 Photo Special

June 3 and 17 - Chattanooga TN: Tennessee Valley Railway Museum trip to Summerville GA with steam.
For details - TVRM

June 17 and 18 - Joliet IL. NKP 2-8-4 #765 will head a round trip excursion 'The Joliet Rocket' from Joliet to La Salle Street, Chicago on each day. This will be a push/pull operation with the 765 heading the train into Chicago and a Metra locomotive heading the train back to Joliet. Special private events will be held at La Salle Street Station.
For details - Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society

June dates - UP #844 to travel from Cheyenne to Omaha in late June in conjunction with the College World Series - schedule to be confirmed.
For details - to be confirmed

June 23, 24 and 25 - Duluth MI. Steam Weekend with 2-8-0 #28. Excursions Duluth to Two Harbors on Friday and Saturday. Two trips to Palmers on Sunday.
For details - North Shore Scenic Railroad

June 24 and 25 - Portland OR. SP 4-8-4 #4449 to operate a round trip to Bend OR via Wishram WA, out on the 24th, return on the 25th.
For details - Friends of SP 4449


July 2017


July 1 - Williams AZ. Grand Canyon 2-8-2 #4960 or 2-8-0 #29 due to operate the round trip to the Canyon.
For details - Grand Canyon Steam Schedule

July 1 and 13 - Chattanooga TN: Tennessee Valley Railway Museum trip to Summerville GA with steam.
For details - TVRM

July 20 - Cheyenne WY: Date to be confirmed Positioning move from Cheyenne to Denver. Power UP 4-8-4 #844.
For details - to follow.

July 22 - Denver CO: 'Frontier Days' train to Cheyenne and return. Power UP 4-8-4 #844.
For details - Frontier Days Train

July 23 - Denver CO: Date to be confirmed Positioning move from Denver to Cheyenne. Power UP 4-8-4 #844.
For details - to follow.


August 2017


August 5 - Williams AZ. Grand Canyon 2-8-2 #4960 or 2-8-0 #29 due to operate the round trip to the Canyon.
For details - Grand Canyon Steam Schedule

August 5 and 19 - Chattanooga TN: Tennessee Valley Railway Museum trip to Summerville GA with steam.
For details - TVRM

August 19 and 20 - Howell MI. Pere Marquette #1225 2-8-4 heading 1 hour exursions.
For details - Steam Railroading Institute

August 30 - September 2 - Denver CO: Narrow Gauge Convention.
For details - NG Convention


September 2017


September 2 - Williams AZ. Grand Canyon 2-8-2 #4960 or 2-8-0 #29 due to operate the round trip to the Canyon.
For details - Grand Canyon Steam Schedule

September 2 and 16 - Chattanooga TN: Tennessee Valley Railway Museum trip to Summerville GA with steam.
For details - TVRM

September 4, 5, 6 - Chama NM: Special events including the Rio Grande Southern lives again with the re-creation of RGS 455.
For details - Friends of the C&TSR

September 16 - Williams AZ. Grand Canyon 2-8-2 #4960 or 2-8-0 #29 due to operate the round trip to the Canyon.
For details - Grand Canyon Steam Schedule

September 22 - 24 - Bishop CA. "The Slim Princess Reunion" - SP narrow gauge #18 to head numerous trips at the Laws Railroad Museum.
For details - Southern Pacific NG Society

September 25 - 27 - Chama NM: Chama Steam 'Fall Madness'. To be confirmed Photo freight event.
For details - Chama Steam

September 26 - 28 - Cumberland MD. To be confirmed Newly restored C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309 to head photo freight event on Western Maryland Scenic RR.
For details - Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

September 30 - Williams AZ. Grand Canyon 2-8-2 #4960 or 2-8-0 #29 due to operate the round trip to the Canyon.
For details - Grand Canyon Steam Schedule


October 2017


October 7 - Williams AZ. Grand Canyon 2-8-2 #4960 or 2-8-0 #29 due to operate the round trip to the Canyon.
For details - Grand Canyon Steam Schedule

October 7, 14, 21, 22, 28, 29 - Chattanooga TN: Tennessee Valley Railway Museum trip to Summerville GA with steam.
For details - TVRM

October 28 - Alma MI: Pere Marquette 2-8-4 1225 heads excursion to Owosso.
For details - Steam Railroading Institute


November 2017


November 4, 11, 12 - Chattanooga TN: Tennessee Valley Railway Museum trip to Summerville GA with steam.
For details - TVRM

November 7, 8, 9 - Cumberland MD. To be confirmed Newly restored C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309 to head photo freight event on Western Maryland Scenic RR.
For details - Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

November 17/18/19, 24/25/26 - Owosso MI: Pere Marquette 2-8-4 1225 heads 'The North Pole Express'.
For details - Steam Railroading Institute tickets


December 2017


December 1/2/3, 8/9/10, 15/16/17 - Owosso MI: Pere Marquette 2-8-4 1225 heads 'The North Pole Express'.
For details - Steam Railroading Institute tickets


Diary for 2018



Diary for 2019


Spring 2019 dates - '150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad's Completion' In the spring of 2019, Union Pacific's historic steam equipment will embark on a special excursion along the transcontinental route. - schedule to be confirmed.
For details - Union Pacific


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