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Steam Enthusiast Tour Calendar


Our unique programme of steam tours are now open for booking plus a small series of Steam, Rail & Ale tours to whet your appetite.

A super series of UK steam tours offer wonderful extended weekends in a sociable environment with like-minded friends at great value fares.

For the continent a whole series of brand new tours give a fresh new look  to our ever popular steam destinations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and France and now Rest of the World.

We Look forward to the pleasure of your company soon, and perhaps raising a glass to Railtrail - Refreshing the parts that other tour operators do not reach.

Please look at our Expressions of Interest section at the bottom of the page.  These are currently being finalised and then will be put on the tour list for when the tour is released.



Last updated 10 January 2020



Overseas fares are ex London. Flexible “Tour Joining” arrangements available, including “Own flight” discounts.

6 April 2020 (17 days)     Australia - Steam On 5 Gauges     Fare £3250 Ground Fare Only


New for 2020 and a trip of a life time for any dedicated steam enthusiasts! Our escorted rail holiday to Australia boasts seven steam railways including four exclusive charters, three railway museums, a major steam festival featuring parallel running, a journey on the XPT train between Melbourne and Sydney, plus free time in both amazing cities!


9 April 2020 (5 days)     Kent & Sussex Easter Steam Explorer     Fare £649


We stay beside the River Medway in the historic county town of Maidstone on this fascinating Easter break featuring five famous steam lines, a historic dockyard steam festival - plus a taste of Kent with a real ale Brewer's Supper


9 April 2020 (8 days)        Isle of Man & Lancashire Vintage Transport    Fare £799


A superb variety of trams, steam trains, vintage buses, ferries and breweries. We visit the famous Rush Hour enthusiast's event on the Isle of Man and visit some of the charming but lesser known heritage sites in North West England.

14 April 2020 (8 days)  Dresden Steam Festival & More          Fare £1549


The amazing Dresden Steam Festival including 4 mainline steam runs and 3 fantastic Saxon Narrow Gauge lines including a private steam charter featuring Saxon-Meyer locomotive - See our previous tour films on our website


14 April 2020 (11 days)   Dresden Steam Festival & Saxon Narrow Gauge        Fare £1975


A super steam tour featuring the amazing Dresden Steam Festival including four mainline steam runs and five fantastic Saxon Narrow Gauge lines - See our previous tour films on our website However, that's not all as we also include a heritage tram ride at Kirnitzschtalbahn, and a historic steam boat trip on the River Elbe at Pirna.


23 April & 9 July 2020 (5 days)  Cotswolds & Swindon Steam Explorer   Fare £399


Railtrail's new tour takes us through the beautiful Cotswolds by steam train and on a journey of exploration as we sail through the Gloucester Docks with visits to the Didcot Railway Museum and STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway also included. Round off your holiday in great style with a tour and tasting at the award winning Hook Norton Brewery


21 May 2020 (5 days)  Chiltern Hills Steam, Rail & Ale Trail  Fare £589


A superb variety of steam, from garden railways to a standard gauge steam gala, as we visit FIVE steam venues and journey through attractive scenery on this amazing short break based in historic Aylesbury.



29 May 2020 (7 days)    Northern & Central France Steam Explorer      Fare £1189


Our amazing French tour includes SIX steam lines.  FOUR inclusive charters and ONE steam, plus hotel accommodation in picturesque Amiens and the heart of Oleans.  Enjoy a great steam gala at the unique and historic WW1 Somme line at Froissy, a day exploring the scenic Baie de Somme line, visit to the the NTVS new line at Crevecoeur for a private steam charter on the Metre Gauge Le Train du Bas Berry Line.  



4 June 2020 (5 days)   Essex Steam & Railway Curiosities      Fare £589 


A superb variety of steam, from rural branch lines to a steam gala, as we visit Four steam/heritage venues and journey through attractive scenery on this amazing short break based in historic Romford.


6 June 2020 (9 days)   German Summer Steam Explorer      Fare £1599


A summer sojourn of steam including rare visits to experience the standard gauge Hessencourrier line and an even rarer opportunity to storm up the very steeply inclined Rübeland line. Add in a private steam charter on the narrow-gauge Mansfelder Bergwerkbahn and a visit to Stassfurt locomotive collection in the former DB shed. All topped off with three wonderful days on the Harz Mountains Railway including steam around the Selkethal including the Hasselfelde branch.


4 July & 29 Aug 2020  (8 days)   Switzerland's Steam-powered Six   Fare £1779


See stunning Switzerland in style on Railtrail's great steam powered railway holiday, based on the lakeshore of lovely Lake Lucerne. Cruise across three Swiss lakes the nostalgic way by paddle-steamer and experience three exhilarating steam train excursions in the Swiss mountains, plus take a trip on the world's steepest cogwheel railway!


15 July, 19 Aug & 16 Sept  (8 days)   Swiss Mountain Steam    Fare £1775 


Switzerland and steam trains - a delightful combination as Railtrail Tours take you to the heart of this beautiful country to experience some amazing mountain rail journeys and glorious lake steamer cruises.


26 July 2020 (9 days)  Northern Germany & Baltic Coast Steam Explorer   Fare £1799 


Our Northern Germany by Steam tour is based in Rostock, Hamburg and Bremen.  We hire a vintage tram and ride the fabulous Molli from Bad Doberan to Kuhlungsborn West. Ländertickets and day tickets for public transport system. Visits to loco sheds with photo sessions.  In Hamburg a visit to Miniatur Wunerland a ride on the Steamboat Alster.  Admission to the "Niedersächsisches Kleinbahnmuseum" using steam train. Ticket for a public steam train ride on Jan Harpstedt.


16 July 2020 (5 days)   Staffordshire Steam, Ale & Oatcakes     Fare £499


This superb value steam tour which features - the Churnet Valley and Rudyard Lake Railways plus the unique Apedale Railway and the annual Steam Gala at Foxfield. All excursions are aboard a vintage coach with more than a taste of real ale as we tour the Titanic Brewery and visit a truly unique famous old pub and enjoy a local delicacy Staffordshire Oatcakes.


13 August 2020 (5 days)  The Lost Village of Imber        Fare £429


During our new tour we take part in an annual event to visit the lost village of Imber.  We take a vintage bus to view the uninhabited ghost village which has been untouched since 1943.  From our base in Swindon we visit a Steam museum, brewery and enjoy two private charters and four heritage railways.


02 September 2020  (7 days)    Meiningen Steam Festival & More    Fare £1649


A wonderful steam holiday featuring a truly unique full day excursion travelling by mainline steam from Nuremberg to Meiningen for the annual Open Day at the last major steam works in Europe.




3 September 2020 (5 days)   Norfolk Steam Explorer       Fare £499


A superb variety of steam, from garden railways to a steam gala, as we visit SEVEN steam venues and journey through spectacular scenery on this amazing short break based in medieval Norwich.





18 September 2020 (11 days)  Austria, Hungary, Slovenia Steam & More

Fare £2195


An adventure to the former Austro-Hungarian empire where we sample a variety of transport from steam trams to narrow-gauge railways in the Austrian Mountains.  We visit three very different narrow-gauge railways in Hungary including one of which is still run by Máv and another of which is a forestry railway forming Hungary's largest narrow-gauge network.  We spend time by the picturesque Lake Balaton in Hungary. In Slovenia we visit the Ljubljana Railway Museum and travel on main line steam through the Julian Alps and pass over Europe's longest stone bridge.


30 September 2020 (14 days) USA Fall Colours Steam - Ground Only  Fare £3749


A truly amazing tour featuring 6 steam lines including Double headed Shay Locomotives and a 2-6-6-2 Mallet in operation.  Also time in the cities of Boston, New York and Washington.  Two scenic diesel excursions, an Amtrak ride and two railroad Museums.  Travel with a Railtrail Tour Manager who has 30 years experience of escorting tours to the USA.  




30 September 2020 (14 days) USA Fall Colours Steam - Flight Inc    Fare £4299


A truly amazing tour featuring 6 steam lines including Double headed Shay Locomotives and a 2-6-6-2 Mallet in operation.  Also time in the cities of Boston, New York and Washington.  Two scenic diesel excursions, an Amtrak ride and two railroad Museums.  Travel with a Railtrail Tour Manager who has 30 years experience of escorting tours to the USA.  




1 October 2020 (5 days)  Great Central Gala & More - Steam Rail & Ale     Fare £489


A brilliant Steam, Rail & Ale tour timed to coincide with a magnificent steam gala day at  the Great Central Railway, steam along the Great Central Nottingham, plus Peak Rail Steam, and heritage railcar on the Ecclesbourne Valley line. Add in a visit and tour of Marston’s Heritage brewery and a Victorian ale house and we can drink to that!


2 October 2020  (12 days)  Golden October Austrian Steam Adventure   Fare £2175


We are often asked for an Austrian tour and, well, we don’t do things by halves, so here it is and it’s a big one! This October the Lokpark heritage railway collection at Ampflwang opens its doors with a steam festival. A week later sees a rare steam excursion on the Mariazellerbahn Railway. In between we feature more steam on the Achenseebahn and Zillertalbahn, Innsbruck’s Nordkettenbahn, the Gmunden Tramway, the Traunseebahn, boat trips on idyllic Austrian lakes, a brewery and a schnapps tasting. If you fancy a ‘Golden October’ in Austria.


15 October 2020   (5 days)    Steam, Rail & Ale in Scotland     Fare £489


Build up a head of steam, uncovering Scotland's heritage from a different angle. Enjoy the Bo'ness & Kinneil Steam Railway, soar above the canals by boat on the remarkable Falkirk Wheel and steam through the Highlands on the Strathspey Railway on a tour that also features the best of Scottish brewing.


22 October 2020  (5 days)   Yorkshire Steam, Rail & Ale Trail    Fare £445


Enjoy a trip to wonderful Yorkshire that is packed with steam railways and accompanied by plenty of real ale! This great value tour includes visits to the National Railway Museum, York Brewery, Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway, Black Sheep Brewery and ends with the popular annual Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Beer and Music festival with over 100 different cask beers and ciders to tempt you!


02 December 2020  (7 days)       Festive Steam in Saxony         Fare £1345


A wonderful winter steam adventure into the Saxony region, staying one night in Erfurt and five in Dresden.  Visiting a wonderful railway at Lößnitzgrundbahn travelling from Radebeul to Radeburg. We also travel on the Weißeritztalbahn on the Saxony steam railway route.  Admission and guided tour to the Altstadt Railway Museum Dresden. Two public steam train rides.  A visit to the Zittau railway and as its near Christmas, why not a visit to Leipzig Christmas Markets.


27 December 2020 (7 days)   Black Forest New Year Steam & More  Fare £1479


Enjoy a special New Year tour as we steam through glorious Black Forest scenery in its magical winter setting on three included steam excursions! We also spend New Year's Eve in beautiful Freiburg and tour the city at the 'Gateway to the Black Forest' by vintage tram


29 December 2020  (7 days)  Austria New Year Celebrations with Steam

Fare £1445


A wonderful railway holiday to see in the New Year exploring Austria by train. Celebrate 2020 in style at the historic 4-star Hotel Plankenhof in the beautiful Tyrol including a 5-course dinner, a glass of bubbly and fireworks on New Year's Eve. The tour also features two great steam train journeys on the Zillertalbahn and Pinzgauer Railways, traditional Tyrolean music, Schnapps tasting and a trip to the top of the Hafelekar overlooking stunning Innsbruck…this tour has something for everyone!


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