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Steam train events in US and Canada


NOTE ALL SPECIAL EVENTS AND TOURIST RAILROAD OPERATIONS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION OWING TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK - PLEASE CHECK WITH OPERATOR BEFORE TRAVELLING

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Photo of the week:

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad ex-D&RGW rotary snow plough 'OY' in action between Chama and Cresco at the 'S' curves assisted by K-36 2-8-2's 484 and 487. February 29 2020.
Copyright © Thomas Schultz 2020


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Latest Steam Train Diary updates March 21, 2020


NOTE ALL SPECIAL EVENTS AND TOURIST RAILROAD OPERATIONS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION OWING TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK - PLEASE CHECK WITH OPERATOR BEFORE TRAVELLING

March, April, May - Durango, 'Galloping Goose' visit
May 2-3 - Texas State Railroad photo special
May 30 - Chama NM special vintage double header
August - Cumbres and Toltec events
November - Everett and Strasburg photo events


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Diary for 2020



January 2020



February 2020


February 6 - 9 - Ely NV: Winter photography workshop on Nevada Northern.
For details - Nevada Northern

February 14 - 16 - Ely NV: Winter photoshoot weekend on Nevada Northern.
For details - Nevada Northern

February 15 - Williams AZ: Steam round trip on Grand Canyon Railway.
For details - Grand Canyon

February 15 and 16 - Durango CO: Winter Photographer's Special. Yard photo shoot on Saturday evening. Special train on Sunday departs Durango 8am.
For details - D&S Photographer Special

February 21 - 23 - Ely NV: Winter photoshoot weekend on Nevada Northern.
For details - Nevada Northern

February 29 - Chama NM: Rotary snowplow 'OY' planned demonstration operation. Ticket only event.
For details - Cumbres & Toltec


March 2020


March 1 - Chama NM: Rotary snowplow 'OY' planned demonstration operation. Ticket only event.
For details - Cumbres & Toltec

March 7 - Williams AZ: Steam round trip on Grand Canyon Railway.
For details - Grand Canyon

March 7 - 8 - Ely NV: Trains Magazine winter photo charter on Nevada Northern including farewell to 4-6-0 #40.
For details - Trains Magazine trips

March 7 and 21 - Chattanooga TN: Tennessee Valley Railway Museum trip to Summerville GA with steam (4501 and/or 630).
For details - TVRM

March 14, 21, 28 - Durango CO: 'Galloping Goose' Number 5 visiting the Durango & Silverton. Round trips from Durango to Cascade Canyon.
For details - Galloping Goose 5


April 2020


April 4 - Williams AZ: Steam round trip on Grand Canyon Railway.
For details - Grand Canyon

April 4 - Durango CO: 'Galloping Goose' Number 5 visiting the Durango & Silverton. Round trips from Durango to Cascade Canyon.
For details - Galloping Goose 5

April 4 and 18 - Chattanooga TN: Tennessee Valley Railway Museum trip to Summerville GA with steam (4501 and/or 630).
For details - TVRM

April 25 - Williams AZ: Steam round trip on Grand Canyon Railway.
For details - Grand Canyon

April 26 and 27 - Chattanooga TN: Steam photo session incuding 2-8-0 #630.
For details - Southern Rail Productions


May 2020


May 1 - Durango CO: 'Galloping Goose' Number 5 visiting the Durango & Silverton. Three trips to 'Event Park' for Narrow Gauge Day.
For details - Galloping Goose 5

May 2 - Williams AZ: Steam round trip on Grand Canyon Railway.
For details - Grand Canyon

May 2 - Chattanooga TN: Tennessee Valley Railway Museum trip to Summerville GA with steam (4501 and/or 630).
For details - TVRM

May 2-3 - Rusk TX: Texas State Railroad photo charter with 2-8-2 #30 with short line mixed train. In conjunction with Trains Magazine.
For details - TSR photo charter

May 15 and 16 - Durango CO: 'Galloping Goose' Number 5 visiting the Durango & Silverton. Round trip from Durango to Silverton each day.
For details - Galloping Goose 5

May 23, 24, 25 - Abilene KS: Steam train trips with AT&SF 4-6-2 #3415.
For details - ASVRR

May 23 - Antonito CO and Chama NM: Events celebrating 50 years of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR with various historic locomotives. Locomotive #168 and historic cars on special from Antonito to Osier and return.
For details - Cumbres & Toltec

May 30 - Chama NM: Locomotives 168 and 425 double headed to Cumbres then onwards to Antonito.
For details - to follow


June 2020


June 6 - Williams AZ: Steam round trip on Grand Canyon Railway.
For details - Grand Canyon

June 6 - Chattanooga TN: Tennessee Valley Railway Museum trip to Summerville GA with steam (4501 and/or 630).
For details - TVRM


July 2020


July 3, 4 and 5 - Abilene KS: Steam train trips with AT&SF 4-6-2 #3415.
For details - ASVRR

July 4 - Williams AZ: Steam round trip on Grand Canyon Railway.
For details - Grand Canyon

July 4 and 18 - Chattanooga TN: Tennessee Valley Railway Museum trip to Summerville GA with steam (4501 and/or 630).
For details - TVRM

July 18 - 26 - Chama NM: 'Galloping Goose' Reunion. Various events and excursions.
For details - Cumbres & Toltec


August 2020


August 1 - Williams AZ: Steam round trip on Grand Canyon Railway.
For details - Grand Canyon

August 1 and 15 - Chattanooga TN: Tennessee Valley Railway Museum trip to Summerville GA with steam (4501 and/or 630).
For details - TVRM

August 22 - Antonito CO: Locomotives 168 and 425 and authentic cars round trip to Big Horn.
For details - to follow

August 23 - Antonito CO: Locomotives 'Eureka' and 'Glenbrook' and authentic cars round trip to Big Horn.
For details - to follow

August 24 - Antonito CO: Locomotives 168 and 425, with 'Eureka' and 'Glenbrook' on display.
For details - to follow

August 25 - Antonito CO: Locomotives 168 and 425 and authentic cars round trip to Osier.
For details - to follow

August 26 - Antonito CO: Locomotives 'Glenbrook' and 'Eureka' with mixed freight on photographers' special train to Big Horn and return.
For details - to follow

August 27 - Antonito CO: Locomotives 'Glenbrook' and 'Eureka' with authentic cars on round trip to Osier.
For details - to follow

August 28 - Antonito CO: All four historic locomotives and authentic cars head to Chama.
For details - to follow

August 29 - Chama NM: 'Eureka' and 'Glenbrook' with historic consist to Cumbres departs 1010. Locomotives 168 and 425 and authentic cars round trip dinner train to Cumbres departs 5.30pm.
For details - to follow

August 30 - Chama NM: Locomotives 168 and 425 and authentic cars overnight trip departs Chama at 10pm to Antonito arriving at 7am.
For details - to follow


September 2020


September 5 - Williams AZ: Steam round trip on Grand Canyon Railway.
For details - Grand Canyon

September 5, 6 and 7 - Abilene KS: Steam train trips with AT&SF 4-6-2 #3415.
For details - ASVRR

September 5 and 19 - Chattanooga TN: Tennessee Valley Railway Museum trip to Summerville GA with steam (4501 and/or 630).
For details - TVRM

September 19 - Williams AZ: Steam round trip on Grand Canyon Railway.
For details - Grand Canyon


October 2020


October 3 - Williams AZ: Steam round trip on Grand Canyon Railway.
For details - Grand Canyon

October 3 and 4 - Abilene KS: Steam train trips with AT&SF 4-6-2 #3415.
For details - ASVRR

October 3, 10, 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31 - Chattanooga TN: Tennessee Valley Railway Museum trip to Summerville GA with steam (4501 and/or 630).
For details - TVRM

November 2020


November 7 - Roaring Spring PA: Steam special on Everett Railroad with 2-6-0 #11.
For details - Steam Specials

November 7, 14 and 15 - Chattanooga TN: Tennessee Valley Railway Museum trip to Summerville GA with steam (4501 and/or 630).
For details - TVRM

November 8 - Strasburg PA: Steam special on Strasburg Railroad with N&W 4-8-0 #475.
For details - Steam Specials


December 2020



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