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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, 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 25th April 2019

 

 

18 Sept 2019  (8 days)  Swiss Mountain Steam   Fare £1725

 

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

 

29th August 2019 (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.

 

 

 

12th September 2019 (5 days)     Loire Valley French Narrow Gauge     Fare £725

 

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.

 

 

18th September 2019 (8 days)   Central & Southern France Rail Explorer

Fare £1249

 

Steam on the scenic Haut Quercy Railway, the cliff top village of Rocamadour, a boat trip in a cave, scenic rail car journey to Clermont Ferrand, a day of steam on the Cevennes Railway & the historic city of Nimes.

 

 

3rd October 2019 (5 days)        Great Central Gala & More           Fare £479

 

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!

 

 

4th October 2019 (12 days) Golden October Austrian Steam Adventure             Fare £2095

 

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!

       

10 October 2019 (5 days)  Swanage Steam Gala, IOW 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!

 

18 October 2019 (5 days)   Golden Highlander      Fare £455

 

The Highlands of Scotland are arguably at their most glorious during the golden weeks of Autumn. This grand tour of Scotland in miniature offers a wealth of spectacular autumnal scenery out of your window, including two of the world’s greatest railway journeys – the Kyle Line and the West Highland Line.

 

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5th December 2019 (6 days)     Festive Steam in Thuringia     Fare £1295

 

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!

 

28th December 2019 (6 days)     Black Forest New Year Steam     Fare £1295

 

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

 

6th April 2020 (17 days)     Australia - Steam On 5 Guages     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!

 

30th September 2020 (14 days)          USA Fall Colours Steam          Fare TBC

 

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.  

 

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14th April 2020 (8 days)  Dresden Steam Festival & Saxon Narrow Gauge  Fare TBC

 

Join us on our annual action packed tour experiencing the superb Dresden Steam Festival and Saxony’s superb Narrow Gauge lines.

Travelling by Eurostar and ICE trains to Dresden where in addition to visiting the steam festival at the atmospheric Neustadt depot we also have a full day on the famous Saxon narrow gauge lines at Zittau on the Polish border, plus the Lossnitzgrundbahn Radebeul to Radeburg, and best of all a private steam photo charter on the wonderful Dollnitztalbahn. When you add in two fabulous mainline steam runs, which may include parallel running, it truly is a tour not to be missed. However, we have also added even more fantastic German steam in our extended tour …

 

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14th April 2020 (14 days)   German Mega Steam     Fare TBC

 

All of the Dresden Steam Festival & Saxon Narrow Gauge tour plus wonderful metre gauge steam high in the Ore Mountains between Cranzahl and Oberweisenthal, then down in the Weisser Valley on the whole length of the Weisseritztalbahn. To bring the tour to an amazing conclusion we travel to Berlin for two full day mainline steam runs that can genuinely be described as ‘Mega. Day one takes us from Berlin to Hamburg and return, whilst day two is by scheduled rail to Wittenberge for steam to the historic city of Wismar and return. The tour is completed by a steam charter on the 6 miles long Berlin Parkeisenbahn or if we can gain permission visits to the standard gauge steam collections at Basdorf and Schoneweide steam depots.

 

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Please keep visiting the Railtrail Steam calander for updates to our site.  Many Thanks for looking.

 

 

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






 

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