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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.

Some entries are shown as To be confirmed . This indicates that early information has been learnt, but has not been verified by the proposed operating organisation!!

We would welcome any comments, corrections or updates by email ESPECIALLY if you are a tourist railroad, or operator of a preserved steam locomotive!

Credit to John Biehn for some of the details included below.



Photo of the week:

Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 near Montgomery, Michigan heading an Edon to Hillsdale round trip excursion on June 15th 2024.
Copyright © John Biehn 2024


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Diary for 2024


NEW Updated July 5th. PM 1225 2-8-4 excursions in October and North Pole Express dates.

July 2024


July 1st, 3rd and 4th UP 4014 'Big Boy'. On July 1st Rawlins to Rock Springs calling at Wamsutter. July 3rd Rock Springs to Evanston calling at Green River. July 4th Evanston to Salt Lake City calling at Morgan UT.
For details: https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm

July 1st to 6th CPKC 'Final Spike 2816 Steam Train' headed by Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 #2816. July 1st Davenport Iowa to St Paul MN. July 3rd St Paul to Thief River Falls MN. July 4th Thief River Falls to Winnepeg Manitoba. July 6th event at Winnepeg, Manitoba.
For details: https://www.cpkcr.com/en/community/final-spike-steam-train

July 7th to 10th CPKC 'Final Spike 2816 Steam Train' headed by Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 #2816. July 7th Winnepeg to Brandon Manitoba. July 8th Brandon Manitoba to Moose Jaw Sask. July 9th Moose Jaw to Medicine Hat Alberta. July 10th Medicine Hat to Calgary Alberta.
For details: https://www.cpkcr.com/en/community/final-spike-steam-train

July 4th Chama NM. Cumbres & Toltec '4th July Fireworks Celebration Train' departs Chama 3pm to Cumbres Pass and return.
For details: https://cumbrestoltec.com/events/2024-4th-of-july-dinner-train/

July 6th Williams AZ. Grand Canyon Railway 'Steam Saturday' 9:30am train scheduled to be steam hauled with either 2-8-0 #29 or 2-8-2 #4960.
For details: https://www.thetrain.com/events/steam-saturdays/

July 6th, 8th, 9th and 11th UP 4014 'Big Boy'. On July 6th Salt Lake City to Elko NV calling at Wells NV. July 8th Elko to Winnemucca NV calling at Carlin and Battle Mountain. July 9th Winnemucca NV to Portola CA calling at Gerlach NV. July 11th Portola to Roseville calling at Oroville CA.
For details: https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm

July 12th, 13th and 14th Roseville CA. UP 4014 'Big Boy' on display at Roseville on July 12th and 13th. July 14th special excursion from Roseville to Sparks NV (details and tickets see https://www.uptraintix.org/). Calls at Colfax and Truckee CA.
For details: https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm

July 16th, 17th and 19th UP 4014 'Big Boy'. On July 16th Sparks to Winnemucca NV calling at Lovelock. July 17th Winnemucca to Elko NV calling at Carlin NV. July 19th Elko to Ogden UT calling at Montello NV.
For details: https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm

July 20th and 21st Ogden UT. UP 4014 'Big Boy' on display at Ogden.
For details: https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm

July 22nd, 23rd, 25th and 26th UP 4014 'Big Boy'. On July 22nd Ogden UT to Montpelier Idaho calling at Brigham City and Soda Springs. July 23rd Montpelier Idaho to Rock Springs WY calling at Kremerer WY. July 25th Rock Springs to Rawlins calling at Point of Rocks WY. On July 26th Rawlins to Cheyenne WY calling at Medicine Bow.
For details: https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm

July 26th - 28th Clewiston Florida. On July 26 & 27, hourly train rides behind no. 148 will be offered during the Caladium Festival. The Caladium Festival Flyer will depart each day from Lake Placid at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
On July 28, the Farm to Table train will depart Lake Placid at 9:00 a.m. This trip includes a four-hour round trip passenger excursion, a photo runby at Liberty Point, and lunch upon arrival at Clewiston. Locomotive no. 148 will operate the south-bound portion of the trip and South Central Florida Express diesel locomotives will return the passengers to Lake Placid.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://sugarexpress.com/trips-and-events/

August 2024


August 3rd Williams AZ. Grand Canyon Railway 'Steam Saturday' 9:30am train scheduled to be steam hauled with either 2-8-0 #29 or 2-8-2 #4960.
For details: https://www.thetrain.com/events/steam-saturdays/

August 3rd Antonito CO. Cumbres & Toltec Mixed Train Photo Charter with #463 from Antonito to Osier and return. All day with photo runbys and night photo event.
For details: https://friendsofcumbrestoltec.org/product/mixed-train-photo-charter/

August 12th Williams AZ. Grand Canyon Railway '4960's Birthday' 9:30am train scheduled to be steam hauled with either 2-8-0 #29 or 2-8-2 #4960.
For details: https://www.thetrain.com/events/steam-saturdays/

August 17th Nesquehoning, PA. 2024 Iron Horse Rambles. Reading and Northern 4-8-4 #2102 excursion from Nesquehoning to Pittston and return.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://www.rbmnrr-passenger.com/rambles/

September/October UP have announced outline dates for 'Big Boy' 4014 'Heartland of America' tour with stops in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, and Illinois, among other states. More details to follow.
Leaves Cheyenne on August 29th.
UP Press Release: https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm

September 2024


September 7th Williams AZ. Grand Canyon Railway 'Steam Saturday' 9:30am train scheduled to be steam hauled with either 2-8-0 #29 or 2-8-2 #4960.
For details: https://www.thetrain.com/events/steam-saturdays/

September 8th Antonito CO. Cumbres & Toltec 'Geology Train #2' departs Antonito 8:30am to Chama. Buses to/from Chama.
For details: https://cumbrestoltec.com/events/september-08-2024-geology-train-2/

September 8th Rochelle Illinois. UP 4014 'Big Boy' on display.
For details: https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm

September 14th Chattanooga TN. Tennessee Valley Railroad round trip excursion to Summerville Georgia with steam.
For details: https://www.tvrail.com/train-rides/summerville-steam-special/

September 14th and 15th Duluth MN. #332 DM&IR 2-8-0 heads excursion from Duluth to Two Harbors and return on North Shore Scenic Railroad.
For details: https://duluthtrains.com/steam/

September 21st Williams AZ. Grand Canyon Railway 'Grand Canyon Railway's Birthday' 9:30am train scheduled to be steam hauled with either 2-8-0 #29 or 2-8-2 #4960.
For details: https://www.thetrain.com/events/steam-saturdays/

September 19th - 23rd Skagway Alaska. 5 day tour on the White Pass and Yukon Railroad with steam and diesel powered trains.
For details go to https://www.traintrips.biz/

September 28th Chattanooga TN. Tennessee Valley Railroad round trip excursion to Summerville Georgia with steam.
For details: https://www.tvrail.com/train-rides/summerville-steam-special/

October 2024


October 5th Williams AZ. Grand Canyon Railway 'Steam Saturday' 9:30am train scheduled to be steam hauled with either 2-8-0 #29 or 2-8-2 #4960.
For details: https://www.thetrain.com/events/steam-saturdays/

October 5th Chattanooga TN. Tennessee Valley Railroad round trip excursion to Summerville Georgia with steam.
For details: https://www.tvrail.com/train-rides/summerville-steam-special/

October 6th Houston Texas. UP 4014 'Big Boy' on display.
For details: https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm

October 8th and 9th Essex CT. Two days of photo opportunities in beautiful fall colors including a passenger and freight consist, pulled by Valley Railroad 40 and Valley Railroad 3025.
For details go to https://steamcharters.com/

To be confirmed October 9th Virginia City/Carson City NV. Photo event on Virginia and Truckee Railroad.
For details go to https://www.traintrips.biz/

To be confirmed October 10th and 11th Orbisonia PA. Photo event on East Broad Top Railroad
For details go to https://www.traintrips.biz/

October 10th and 11th Fort Worth Texas. UP 4014 'Big Boy' on display.
For details: https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm

October 12th and 13th Chattanooga TN. Tennessee Valley Railroad round trip excursion to Summerville Georgia with steam.
For details: https://www.tvrail.com/train-rides/summerville-steam-special/

October 18th and 19th Durango CO. Two day photo charter with Trains Magazine. Durango to Silverton on Friday. Return from Silverton to Durango on Saturday.
For details: organised by Trains Magazine - https://www.trains.com/trn/news-reviews/news-wire/durango-silverton-two-day-steam-photo-charter-with-trains-magazine-set-for-october/

October 19th and 20th Chattanooga TN. Tennessee Valley Railroad round trip excursion to Summerville Georgia with steam.
For details: https://www.tvrail.com/train-rides/summerville-steam-special/

October 19th and 20th Pleasant Lake Indiana. Nickel Plate 2-8-4 #765 heads 'Indiana Fall Color Train' all day excursion to Hillsdale Michigan and return.
For details: https://www.indianarailexperience.org/in-fall-color-train/

October 26th and 27th Duluth MN. #332 DM&IR 2-8-0 heads excursion from Duluth to Palmers and return on North Shore Scenic Railroad.
For details: https://duluthtrains.com/steam/

NEW October 26th and 27th Mt Pleasant Michigan. PM 2-8-4 #1225 heads 'Cadillac Limited Fall Color Tour' to Cadillac and return.
For details: https://michigansteamtrain.com/events-excursions/

November 2024


November 2nd and 3rd Chattanooga TN. Tennessee Valley Railroad round trip excursion to Summerville Georgia with steam.
For details: https://www.tvrail.com/train-rides/summerville-steam-special/

November 2nd and 3rd Hartford Wisconsin. Soo Line 2-8-2 #1003 one or two day photo charter.
For details and tickets:https://ticketstripe.com/events/7710105582983688

NEW Saturdays and Sundays November 23rd to December 22nd Owosso Michigan. 'North Pole Express' dates announced - assumed to be steam headed by PM 2-8-4 #1225.
For details: https://michigansteamtrain.com/events-excursions/

December 2024


NEW Saturdays and Sundays December 1st to 22nd Owosso Michigan. 'North Pole Express' dates announced - assumed to be steam headed by PM 2-8-4 #1225.
For details: https://michigansteamtrain.com/events-excursions/


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