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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:

Reading T1 4-8-4 2102 on return leg of its round trip from Reading to Jim Thorpe PA, October 14th 2023.
Copyright © John McIvor SVS Film 2024


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Diary for 2024



Union Pacific have announced its #4014 'Four Corners' 2024 tour. The revised outline plan is for #4014 'Big Boy' 4-8-8-4 to tour parts of the UP system with stops in Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston Texas, Ogden Utah and Roseville California.
Portland Oregon and Nampa Idaho previously listed have been now been omitted.
UP Press Release: https://www.up.com/heritage/steam/schedule/index.htm
More details to follow.


January 2024


January 6th and 7th Western Maryland Scenic Railroad 'Snow 'n Steam' trains will now be diesel hauled between Cumberland and Frostburg. The railroad says #1309 requires unscheduled piston head replacement work.
For details: https://wmsr.com/

January 13 Sugar Express. No. 148 will carry passengers from Lake Placid to Clewiston for a layover at the beloved Market on Bond Street featuring local farmers, fresh food, entertainment, and welcoming neighbors in downtown Clewiston.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://sugarexpress.com/trips-and-events/

January 20-22 Sugar Express will operate its 'Rare Mileage Tour'. This three-day event beginning on January 20th will be powered each day by the former Florida East Coast Railway 4-6-2 No. 148. All trips will feature multiple photo opportunities, an onboard appetizer and non-alcoholic drinks service each day.
Details of proposed schedule and order tickets go to https://sugarexpress.com/trips-and-events/

January 27 Sugar Express. Departing Clewiston for Lake Placid, guests will enjoy a high-stepping passenger train ride behind Sugar Express steam locomotive No. 148 as it slips through the sugarcane fields and arrives for a two-hour layover in the historic town of Lake Placid.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://sugarexpress.com/trips-and-events/

January 27th weekends until March 17th Cass WV. Durbin & Greenbrier Valley RR 'Greenbrier Express Winter Special' trains will run from Cass to Durbin and return on Saturdays and Sundays.
For details: https://mountainrailwv.com/calendar/

February 2024


February Orbisonia PA, East Broad Top Railroad. Their Winter Spectacular will not operate in February 2024 owing to locomotibe maintenance schedules.
Details: https://eastbroadtop.com/events/

February 3rd and weekends until March 17th Cass WV. Durbin & Greenbrier Valley RR 'Greenbrier Express Winter Special' trains will run from Cass to Durbin and return on Saturdays and Sundays.
For details: https://mountainrailwv.com/calendar/

February 10th Lake Placid Florida. Sugar Express #148 excursion from Lake Placid to Clewiston and return.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://sugarexpress.com/trips-and-events/

February 11th Sunol CA. Niles Canyon Railway steam powered trips at 1030am and 1pm with #4 Clover Valley Lumber 2-6-6-2T.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://www.ncry.org/ride/2024-train-rides/

February 16 - 18 Ely Nevada, Nevada Northern Winter Spectacular. Details: https://nnry.com/winter-steam-photo-weekend-spectacular-hands-on-history/

February 18th Sunol CA. Niles Canyon Railway steam powered trips at 1030am and 1pm with #4 Clover Valley Lumber 2-6-6-2T.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://www.ncry.org/ride/2024-train-rides/

February 24th Clewiston Florida. Sugar Express #148 excursion from Clewiston to Lake Placid and return.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://sugarexpress.com/trips-and-events/

February 25th Clewiston Florida. Sugar Express #148 excursion from Clewiston to Moore Haven and return.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://sugarexpress.com/trips-and-events/

March 2024


March 1 - 3 Ely Nevada, Nevada Northern Winter Spectacular. Details: https://nnry.com/winter-steam-photo-weekend-spectacular-hands-on-history/

March 2nd and weekends until March 17th Cass WV. Durbin & Greenbrier Valley RR 'Greenbrier Express Winter Special' trains will run from Cass to Durbin and return on Saturdays and Sundays.
For details: https://mountainrailwv.com/calendar/

March 2nd 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/

NEW March 3rd Sunol CA. Niles Canyon Railway celebration of 100 years #4 Clover Valley Lumber 2-6-6-2T. Special event.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://www.ncry.org/ride/2024-train-rides/

March 9th Lake Placid Florida. Sugar Express #148 excursion from Lake Placid to Clewiston and return.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://sugarexpress.com/trips-and-events/

NEW March 10th Sunol CA. Niles Canyon Railway steam powered trips at 1030am and 1pm with #4 Clover Valley Lumber 2-6-6-2T.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://www.ncry.org/ride/2024-train-rides/

March 16th Clewiston Florida. Sugar Express. No. 148 will carry passengers on one hour trips at the Clewiston Sugar Festival.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://sugarexpress.com/trips-and-events/

NEW March 17th Sunol CA. Niles Canyon Railway steam powered trips at 1030am and 1pm with #4 Clover Valley Lumber 2-6-6-2T.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://www.ncry.org/ride/2024-train-rides/

April 2024


April 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/

NEW April 7th Sunol CA. Niles Canyon Railway steam powered trips at 1030am and 1pm with #4 Clover Valley Lumber 2-6-6-2T.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://www.ncry.org/ride/2024-train-rides/

April 13th Lake Placid Florida. Sugar Express #148 excursion from Lake Placid to Clewiston and return.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://sugarexpress.com/trips-and-events/

April 14 onwards CPKC Final Spike Steam Tour.Canadian Pacific Kansas City on April 14, 2024, will mark the first anniversary of its creation with the launch of its Final Spike Steam Tour. The 2816 4-6-4 Empress steam locomotive, hauling a CPKC business train, will depart Calgary, Alberta and travel through the U.S. and into Mexico.

NEW April 14th Sunol CA. Niles Canyon Railway steam powered trips at 1030am and 1pm with #4 Clover Valley Lumber 2-6-6-2T.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://www.ncry.org/ride/2024-train-rides/

April 19th to 21st Clewiston Florida. Sugar Express #148 Photo Specials with passenger and freight consists.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://sugarexpress.com/trips-and-events/

April 20th Williams AZ. Grand Canyon Railway 'Earth Day' 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/

April 24th CPKC 'Final Spike 2816 Steam Train' headed by Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 #2816 at Calgary Alta.
For details: https://www.cpkcr.com/en/community/final-spike-steam-train

April 27th Clewiston Florida. Sugar Express #148 excursion from Clewiston to Lake Placid and return.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://sugarexpress.com/trips-and-events/

April 28th Clewiston Florida. Sugar Express #148 excursion from Clewiston to Moore Haven and return.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://sugarexpress.com/trips-and-events/

April 28th CPKC 'Final Spike 2816 Steam Train' headed by Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 #2816 at Moose Jaw Sask.
For details: https://www.cpkcr.com/en/community/final-spike-steam-train

April 30th CPKC 'Final Spike 2816 Steam Train' headed by Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 #2816 at Minot ND.
For details: https://www.cpkcr.com/en/community/final-spike-steam-train

May 2024


May 3rd CPKC 'Final Spike 2816 Steam Train' headed by Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 #2816 at St.Paul MN.
For details: https://www.cpkcr.com/en/community/final-spike-steam-train

May 3rd October 27th East Broad Top Railroad, Orbisonia PA. 2024 schedule available except diesel days to be announced. Narrow gauge steam trains May 3rd - October 27th: Friday - Sunday, Memorial Day - Labor Day: Wednesday - Sunday. Departures: 11:00am • 1:00pm • 3:00pm
For details: https://eastbroadtop.com/

May 4th 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/

May 8th CPKC 'Final Spike 2816 Steam Train' headed by Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 #2816 at Franklin Park IL.
For details: https://www.cpkcr.com/en/community/final-spike-steam-train

May 10th CPKC 'Final Spike 2816 Steam Train' headed by Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 #2816 at Davenport Iowa.
For details: https://www.cpkcr.com/en/community/final-spike-steam-train

May 11th Duluth MN. Testing and steam up date for #332 DM&IR 2-8-0. North Shore Scenic Railroad.
For details: https://duluthtrains.com/steam/

NEW May 12th (to be confirmed) Sunol CA. Niles Canyon Railway steam powered trips at 1030am and 1pm with #4 Clover Valley Lumber 2-6-6-2T.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://www.ncry.org/ride/2024-train-rides/

May 18th CPKC 'Final Spike 2816 Steam Train' headed by Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 #2816 at Kansas City MO.
For details: https://www.cpkcr.com/en/community/final-spike-steam-train

May 18th and 19th Nelsonville, Ohio. The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway will be operating the Hocking Valley Steam Train Special with their 0-6-0 no.3.
For details: https://www.hvsry.org/

NEW May 19th (to be confirmed) Sunol CA. Niles Canyon Railway steam powered trips at 1030am and 1pm with #4 Clover Valley Lumber 2-6-6-2T.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://www.ncry.org/ride/2024-train-rides/

May 24th CPKC 'Final Spike 2816 Steam Train' headed by Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 #2816 at Shreveport LA.
For details: https://www.cpkcr.com/en/community/final-spike-steam-train

NEW May 25th Reading PA. 2024 Iron Horse Rambles. Reading and Northern 4-8-4 #2102 excursion from Reading Outer Station to Jim Thorpe and return.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://www.ncry.org/ride/2024-train-rides/

May 25th-October 19th Chama NM and Antonito CO. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad schedule is available. Regular trains operate six days a week, Tuesday-Sunday from May 25th until October 19th 2024.
For details: https://cumbrestoltec.com/

May 28th CPKC 'Final Spike 2816 Steam Train' headed by Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 #2816 at Laredo TX.
For details: https://www.cpkcr.com/en/community/final-spike-steam-train

May 31st CPKC 'Final Spike 2816 Steam Train' headed by Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 #2816 at Monterrey Mexico.
For details: https://www.cpkcr.com/en/community/final-spike-steam-train

June 2024


June 1st 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/

June 4th CPKC 'Final Spike 2816 Steam Train' headed by Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 #2816 at Mexico City.
For details: https://www.cpkcr.com/en/community/final-spike-steam-train

June 8th and 9th 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/

June 9th Antonito CO. Cumbres & Toltec 'Geology Train' departs Antonito 8:30am to Chama. Buses to/from Chama.
For details: https://cumbrestoltec.com/events/geology-train/

NEW June 9th and 16th (to be confirmed) Sunol CA. Niles Canyon Railway steam powered trips at 1030am and 1pm with #4 Clover Valley Lumber 2-6-6-2T.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://www.ncry.org/ride/2024-train-rides/

NEW June 22nd Nesquehoning, PA. 2024 Iron Horse Rambles. Reading and Northern 4-8-4 #2102 excursion from Nesquehoning to Tunkhannock and return.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://www.ncry.org/ride/2024-train-rides/

July 2024


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/

NEW July 14th and 21st (to be confirmed) Sunol CA. Niles Canyon Railway steam powered trips at 1030am and 1pm with #4 Clover Valley Lumber 2-6-6-2T.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://www.ncry.org/ride/2024-train-rides/

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/

NEW August 11th and 18th (to be confirmed) Sunol CA. Niles Canyon Railway steam powered trips at 1030am and 1pm with #4 Clover Valley Lumber 2-6-6-2T.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://www.ncry.org/ride/2024-train-rides/

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/

NEW 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.ncry.org/ride/2024-train-rides/

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 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/

NEW September 15th and 22nd (to be confirmed) Sunol CA. Niles Canyon Railway steam powered trips at 1030am and 1pm with #4 Clover Valley Lumber 2-6-6-2T.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://www.ncry.org/ride/2024-train-rides/

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/

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/

NEW October 13th and 20th (to be confirmed) Sunol CA. Niles Canyon Railway steam powered trips at 1030am and 1pm with #4 Clover Valley Lumber 2-6-6-2T.
For schedule and order tickets, go to https://www.ncry.org/ride/2024-train-rides/

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/


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