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, Holland, Switzerland, and France.

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 you then be put on the tour list for when the tour is released.

  

 

Last updated 9th November 2018

14th July 2018 (8 days)          Switzerland's Steam-powered Six            Fare £1699

 

Cruise across three Swiss lakes the nostalgic way by paddle-steamer and experience three exhilarating steam train excursions in the Swiss mountains all on one tour based in Lake Lucerne's lovely Hergiswil. Also featuring the Pilatus Cogwheel Railway and a family-run 4* hotel by the lake.

19th July 2018 (5 days)    Spitfire, Titanic & Staffordshire by Steam    Fare £415

 

Spitfire and Titanic? Okay, we've got your attention! Yes, we see Spitfire RW388 at the Potteries Museum and visit the Titanic Brewery for a tour and tasting, but this superb value tour features so much more - the Churnet Valley, 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.

 

30th August 2018 (5 days)             Norfolk Steam Explorer                 Fare £479                                                                                                      

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.

 

29th August 2018 (6 days)         Meiningen Steam Festival & Much More          Fare £1375

 

A wonderful steam holiday featuring a truly unique full day excursion travelling by mainline steam from Frankfurt to Meiningen for the annual Open Day at the last major steam works in Europe. Plus steam on heritage lines of various gauges.

 

Meiningen will be awash with steam as visiting steam hauled excursions arrive from around the country to add to the locomotives in steam within the works giving footplate rides and photographic positioning - unique opportunity to enjoy what has been lost in the UK. Additionally, we enjoy heritage steam from Feldbahn to standard gauge with a vintage steam hyjgtram tour for good measure.

                  

27th September 2018 (5 days)  World War I Centenary & Somme Steam Gala          Fare £795

 

Enjoy a great steam gala at the unique and historic WW1 Somme line at Froissy, a day exploring the scenic Baie de Somme line and a day commemorating those who fell in the Battle of the Somme almost a hundred years after the end of the war. Fittingly, our final visit is to the replica of the Armistice Carriage at Compiègne, a railway carriage in which the German surrender was made.              

2nd October 2018 (7 days)    Golden October in the Harz Mountains & More Fare £1199

 

This special 'Golden October' tour is timed to be in the Harz for a Brocken steam Sonderzug. After further visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Rammelsberg mine complex and Goslar, plus a trip on the Thale cable car and scheduled Selketal steam, we head to the Mansfelder Bergwerksbahn for one of their rare 'Infozug' steam days. Finally, from Kassel we enjoy the Hessencourrier 'Golden October' steam excursion to Naumburg, another rarity from Railtrail.

       

5th October 2018 (12 days)     Golden October Austrian Steam Adventure    Fare £1895

 

This October the Austrian Railway Society 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!

       

11th October 2018 (5 days)     Swanage Gala & Isle of Wight Steam Beer & Buses

Fare £495

 

Imagine a short break that combines the Swanage Autumn Steam Gala in delightful Dorset plus the amazing Isle of Wight 'Beer & Buses Festival', with 80 vintage buses shuttling between a similar number of real ale pubs on the island, plus Isle of Wight Steam, and a tour and tasting at the Ringwood Brewery. We hope this tour is as appealing to you as it is to us!

       

11th October 2018 (5 days)          Yorkshire Dales Steam, Rail & Ale Trail           Fare £455

 

Enjoy a day at the Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway, pop into a Timothy Taylor inn, visit two other great Yorkshire heritage railways, one a steam ride through the foothills and one a diesel journey through Wensleydale. We also feature two great breweries from our base in Ilkley just below the famous Ilkley Moor. Don't forget your hat!

       

18th October 2018 (5 days)               Scottish Steam Rail & Ale Trail                 Fare £565

 

Build up a head of steam, uncovering Scotland's heritage from a different angle. Enjoy a day at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Steam Gala, 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.

       

5th December 2018 (8 days)   Dresden, Ore Mountains & Prague Festive Steam         Fare £1399

 

A firm favourite for a number of years, we return to Dresden for a festive tour packed with steam. This time around we've turned it into more of a touring holiday, with excursions from Dresden including the return of a fabulous steam-hauled run to Prague, plus the Ore Mountains explored from nearby Chemnitz.

       

27th December 2018 (4 days)   West Somerset Christmas Steam Gala   Fare £445

 

Here's something a little unique! Whilst most heritage railways are understandably concentrating on 'Santa Specials', one of our favourites, the wonderful West Somerset Railway, will be hosting a Christmas Steam Gala. So here's a stocking filler short-break to Somerset, conveniently organized between Christmas and New Year to fill you will steam-hauled festive cheer!

       

28th December 2018 (6 days)   Black Forest New Year Steam & More   Fare £1295

 

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.

       

28th May 2019 (7 days)    50 Years of Bavarian Steam   Fare TBA

 

A steam festival is taking place to celebrate 50 Years of the Bavarian Railway Museum and we will be there! In addition to attending the Festival we are including a steam charter on the Alb-Bähnle, steam along the Schwäbische Waldbahn, private tour of the Railway Museum Heilbronn, steam ride on Sauschwänzlebahn, and a Mainline steam excursion.

 

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6th June 2019 (5 days)    Northern France Narrow Gauge Steam     Fare TBA

 

Three great steam lines (including a private charter) and a day experiencing the Somme Battlefields of Lochnager Crater, Thiepval, Beaumont-Hamel and the famous Avril Williams Tea Rooms. Lines visited are the Baie de Somme, The Froissy-Cappy-Dompiere steam gala, and a private steam charter on the new MTVS line at Crevecoeur.

 

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28th August 2019 (7 days)          Netherlands Steam          Fare TBA

 

3 Steam lines including a private steam charter, a steam festival, the National Railway Museum, vintage boat cruise, and the Zuiderzee historic buildings museum.

 

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23rd May 2019 (5 days)    Chiltern Hills Steam Rail & Ale Trail       Fare TBA

 

A superb variety of steam, from garden railways to a steam gala, as we visit FIVE steam venues and journey through spectacular scenery on this amazing short break based in historic Aylesbury. Bekonscot Model Village and Miniature Railway - Private evening visit with buffet.

Steam charter at the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway, Steam at Didcot Railway Centre – Home of The Great Western Society, Steam and Gunnies Diesels on the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway, Rail Trip on the Scenic Marlow Branch with Bourne End reversal (The Marlow Donkey), Time to explore Marlow with its famous bridge, Steam and Ploughman’s Lunch at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, Travel on Freight only line to Quainton Road (not yet confirmed), Visit Buckinghamshire Railway Centre for their Gala and Bus Rally. Based in Aylesbury, the county town of Buckinghamshire.

 

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4th September 2019 (8 days)  Central & Southern France Rail Explorer    Fare TBA

 

3 steam lines, scenic diesel lines and Roman Nimes are featured on this amazing steam & scenery tour that can be combined with the following French Narrow Gauge Steam 2 tour.

 

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12th September 2019 (5 days)    French Narrow Gauge II      Fare TBA

 

Steam hauled charter on Le Train du Bas Berry metre gauge line to Argy, diesel railcar on the metre gauge Blanc d’Argent line to Salbris, steam on the 60 cm gauge Tacot des Lacs line, steam gala on the 60 cm line at Pithievers.

 

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6th December 2019 (6 days)    Festive Steam in Thuringia     Fare TBA

 

Based in beautiful Weimar we steam on the Wartburg Express from Gera to Eisenach, another mainline steam run from Leipzig to Zeitz, visit Leipzig Railway Museum, Ride the amazing Oberweissbacher Bergbahn, and visit Arnstadt Steam Railway museum in the steam roundhouse, and vintage tram charter. Add in the enchanting and very traditional Christmas Markets at Erfurt, Leipzig, Eisenach and Wartburg Castle, topped off with a brewery tour!

 

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28th December 2019 (6 days)    Black Forest New Year Steam     Fare TBA

 

Yes we are almost ready to take bookings for our ever popular steam tour of the Black Forest Region. 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. Steam through the heart of the Black Forest on the Zollernbahn steam line. Enjoy a second day of Black Forest steam with a ‘Tunnelfahrt’ on the Schwarzwaldbahn between Triberg, St Georgen and Haslach. A third celebration of Black Forest steam on the Three Lakes Line, climbing from Titisee lake-side to almost 1000m. An introductory tour of historic Freiburg aboard a private charter vintage tram and also celebrate New Year’s Eve in attractive Freiburg

 

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5th April 2020 (17 days)    Australia - Steam On 5 Guages      Fare TBA

 

In the company of our Australia experienced Tour Manager, Les Tindall, express your interest now in this fantastic tour featuring 7 steam railways including 4 exclusive private charters, 2 railway museums, a major steam festival featuring parallel running, ride the XPT train between Melbourne and Sydney with free time in both cities.

 

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As if the above was not enough we still have in the pipeline more UK and German steam tours plus a re-run of this year’s Golden Austria Tour, Steam in Northern Italy and Slovenia.

 



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






 

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