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, Belgium, 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.
27th April (6 days) Two Countries, Two Steam Galas & Much More Fare £999
Enjoy an intensive all steam action tour including Bochum-Dahlhausen 40th anniversary celebrations in Germany, Maldegem's International Steam Festival in Belgium, a standard gauge private steam charter, a heritage steam railway, two railway museums and the amazing Schwebebahn at Wuppertal. Two countries and two galas!
27 April (5 days) Belgium's International Steam Festival & More Fare £699
Brand new for 2017, spend a day at Maldegem's International Steam Festival, explore Belgium's seaside by specially chartered vintage tram, steam through the Dutch countryside on the Goes-Borsele Railway and enjoy our private steam charter on Belgium's Puurs-Dendermonde heritage line. Based in gorgeous Gent, explore the city by tram, cruise its waterways and taste Belgian beer at a renowned brewery.
27th May (7 days) Harz Mountains Summer Steam Explorer & More Fare £999
Experience a summer idyll in the stunning Harz region. Ride, photograph and line-side fantastic steam. Travel all three lines of the Harz Railway, plus ride Wuppertal's amazing Schwebebahn.
A wonderful summer tour steaming over all three lines of the Harz Mountains Railway: the rural Selkethal and branches, storming the mighty Brocken Mountain, and the opportunity to steam into Nordhausen. Plus a private 600 mm gauge steam photo charter at Mühlenstroth, a visit to Wuppertals excellent tram museum including a private vintage tram charter and of course the much loved Schwebebahn overhead railway.
27th May (7 days) German Summer & Harz Summer Steam Combined Fare £1649
Combining two glorious summer steam tours exploring the very best of the Harz Mountains railway and many surrounding steam lines.
A specially combined version of two great tours. Experience a summer idyll riding, photographing & line-siding in the stunning Harz Mountains region, plus a private vintage tram charter, a private photo steam charter, and the amazing Schwebebahn. Follow this with a summer sojourn on three different gauge steam lines including two private charters, 3 steam depots and a rare steam thrash up one of the steepest standard-gauge lines.
31st May (6 days) German Summer Steam Explorer Fare £999
A summer sojourn on three different gauge steam lines including two private charters, Wuppertal's Schwebebahn, 3 steam depots, a rare steam thrash up one of the steepest standard-gauge lines and a private vintage tram charter.
Come and relax in rural Germany in the warmth of summer and enjoy great steam action at a variety of lines including a rare steam thrash up one of the steepest standard gauge inclines. Add a couple of private steam photo charters, mix in a few steam depot / museums, a vintage tram charter and the Schwebebahn then suddenly this is one not to miss particularly when it can be combined with an even more relaxing short break in beautiful Wernigerode riding and lineside photographing steam on the wonderful Harz Mountains Railway.
1 June 2017 (5 days) Northern France Narrow Gauge Steam Fare £699
A great steam gala at the unique and historic WW1 Somme line at Froissy, a day of steam at the Baie de Somme line, 3 private steam charters, a vintage trams charter, WW1 battlefield tour, optional free-time in Paris, & the idyllic riverside café culture of Amiens.
12 June & 4 September (9 days) Saxony Seven Steam & Rail Explorer Fare £1395
We have been taking steam enthusiasts to Saxony for many years to discover some of Germany's best narrow-gauge railways, but here is a tour with broader appeal, featuring funicular railways, steam lines, trams and river steam boats, plus Meissen porcelain, castles, gardens, the beautiful city of Dresden and the enthralling landscape of Saxon Switzerland. Introducing the Magnificent Seven!
A brilliant Steam, Rail & Ale tour timed to coincide with the huge Great Central Model Railway event, the 150 anniversary celebrations on the Ecclesbourne Valley line, plus Peak Rail Steam & Vintage bus rides. Add in a visit and tour of Marston's Heritage brewery and a Victorian ale house and we can drink to that!
21 June, 12 July, 16 Aug & 13 Sept (8 days) Swiss Mountain Steam Fare £1599
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.
30th June (11 days) Molli, Roland & Jan by Steam, Boat & Tram Fare £1695
A superbly relaxing summer steam tour featuring the famous Molli and Ruegen Island lines plus new lines not previously visited, and an amazing festival of sea going vintage steam boats! We feature an amazing variety of steam lines, a plethora of differing gauges, locomotives, and rolling stock. It is achieved in a relaxing style enabling everyone to unwind and enjoy themselves on a magnificent holiday as we meander our way across Northern Germany from countryside to coast on a sojourn of discovery.
13th July (5 days) Spitfire, Titanic & Staffordshire by Steam Fare £399
Spitfire and Titanic? Okay, weve got your attention! Yes, we see Spitfire RW388 at the Potteries Museum and visit the Titanic Brewery for a tour and tasting, but this tour features so much more the Amerton, Churnet Valley, Rudyard Lake and Apedale Railways, plus the special Steam Anniversary Gala at Foxfield on a moorlands tour by vintage coach with more than a taste of real ale.
30th August (7 days) Going Dutch-The Netherlands by Steam, Tram & Boat
A brand new tour enjoying summer in the Netherlands begins with a day in Amsterdam, cruising its canals and a private vintage tram charter. We then steam across North Holland from Hoorn to the Ijsselmeer and enjoy a day at the VSM's 'Terug Naar Toen' steam festival, before a final day on the German holiday island of Borkum by ship, little steam railway and vintage bus.
30th August (6 days) Black Forest Steam & Meiningen Steam Festival Fare £1299
A holiday with wonderful steam trains of southern Germany's tourist resorts with steam excursions, private steam photo charter, superb heritage steam lines plus riding and photographing the fabulous Sauschwänzlebahn, topped off with a steam and heritage electric special to the unique Meiningen railway works steam festival. Two fabulous steam lines the Zollernbahn with its 37 tunnels and the Sauschwänzlebahn known as the pigtail. Add to this a private steam photo charter, steam on the Murgtalbahn and a steam festival in Baiersbronn and its beautiful Black Forest Steam with a Meiningen twist.
31 August (5 days) Norfolk Steam Explorer Fare £459
A superb variety of steam, from garden railways to a steam gala, as we visit 6 steam venues and journey through spectacular scenery on this amazing short break based in medieval Norwich.
21 September (5 days) Belgian Steam, Rail and Ale Trail Fare £699
An action-packed Belgian tour featuring a day at the 3 Valleys Steam Festival and much more - Train World Brussels, vintage trams, UNESCO World Heritage canal boat lifts and visits to three Belgian breweries!
5 October (5 days) Yorkshire Dales Steam, Rail & Ale Trail Fare £445
Enjoy a day at the Keighley & Worth Valley Autumn Steam Gala and two other great Yorkshire heritage railways, plus a visit to York and two fabulous breweries. Don't be bitter - hop on!
12 October (5 days) Swanage Gala & IOW Steam Beer & Buses Fare £495
Last October Dave disappeared down to the Isle of Wight for the weekend and returned to Leek with this beauty! Imagine a weekend of 'Classic Buses & Beer', with 60 vintage buses shuttling between 62 real ale pubs on the island, plus Isle of Wight Steam, the Swanage Steam Gala in delightful Dorset, and tour and tasting at the Ringwood Brewery. We hope this tour is as appealing to you as it is to us!
18th October (6 days) Golden Harz Steam Festival Fare £999
With the Harz Mountains bathed in golden autumn hues we ride our photographic steam charter trains using historic locomotives, carriages and wagons, on this annual tour based in beautiful Wernigerode, Join us once again on an immensely enjoyable Heritage Steam visit to the Harz Mountains Railway at this glorious time of year, organised in conjunction with ourselves and the Friends of HSB.
19th October (5 days) Scottish Steam Rail & Ale Trail Fare £545
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.
29th November (7 days) Dresden Festive Steam Fare £1199
A stunning winter wonderland tour to the beautiful city of Dresden, combining great steam trains, scenic journeys, enchanting countryside and magical festive markets in wonderful traditional towns. This tour will delight the enthusiast of steam trains with its featured locos and variety of lines, and is a must for partners who enjoy the nostalgia of steam and the opportunity to visit some of the finest rural scenery and towns in Saxony and beyond crowned with traditional carved wood decorations and Christmas stalls that feature locally-made, hand-crafted, quality products. A totally unique and magical festive tour.
8th December (7 days) Bavarian & Harz Mountains Festive Steam Fare £1195
A brand new tour to two of our favourite destinations, featuring the Christmas Markets and steam railways in both northern and southern Germany. Steam through "Franconian Switzerland", around Munich, through the wintry Selketal Valley and up to the peak of the Brocken, whilst enjoying Christmas Markets in Nuremberg, Bamberg, Munich and Wernigerode. A fabulous two-centre holiday with exhilarating excursions by steam during the day and ample time to relax at some of Germanys most authentic and popular Christmas markets. Compare Munichs market with Nurembergs famous Christkindlmarkt, Bambergs quaint market, nestled in its UNESCO protected centre, with the charming little market beneath Wernigerode Town Hall. Enjoy local customs and the sights, sounds and smells of advent in Germany, with half-board each day, including meals in two acclaimed brewery taverns.
28th December (6 days) Black Forest New Year Steam & More Fare £1189
Enjoy a special New Year tour as we steam through glorious Black Forest scenery in its magical winter setting with New Year's Eve in beautiful Freiburg, and a relaxing New Year's Day at the French National Railway Museum, Cité du Train, just over the border at Mulhouse.
26th April 2018 (7 or 8 days) Plandampf Trier 2018 Fare TBA
In April 2018 there is a major Plandampf based around Trier. It is a similar size to the Gerolstein in 2010, but this time we understand that the Trier will be the Sole focal point. The tour based around this event will be extremely popular and we are delighted to announce that Railtrail have a limited number of rooms already booked for this event, but please register your interest now. First come First served - No deposits required until the full itinerary and fares are published. If you were one of the lucky participents with us back in 2010 you will remember the incredible sight of seeing the clock turned back to the days of steam in Germany, with steam as far as the eye could see, with locos replacing many of the local train services in the area over the weekend.
Overseas fares are ex London. Flexible Tour
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