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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



2nd May 2019 (5 days)       Begium's International Steam Festival       Fare £799


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 part of 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.


23rd May 2019 (5 days)     Chiltern Hills Steam Rail & Ale Trail      Fare £599


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.


28th May 2019 (7 days)     50 Years of Bavarian Steam       Fare £1395


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.


1st June 2019         Swiss Maximum Steam           Fare £2795


This unique steam-packed ten days includes more highlights than we could have ever envisaged when we started to plan it! Six steam train excursions, 5 paddle steamers, a steam tram, Lucerne's excellent Transport Museum, Swiss Vapeur Park, and a historic electric train with accompanying absinthe Schnapps! Our visit to Blonay Chamby also coincides with the 2019 Swiss Steam Festival! Oh, and there's also the Brünig Pass, Voralpen Express and Golden Pass Line to top off our ultimate Swiss tour.


6th June 2019 (5 days)     Northern France Narrow Gauge Steam      Fare £795


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.



19 June, 3 July, 7 Aug, 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.


24th June 2019 (8 days)            Roses Battle By Steam       Fare £995


We thought we would celebrate the steam and rail heritage of the north country with our own 'battle of the roses' tour, picking off Yorkshire and Lancashire steam and heritage railways every day from our base at an iconic railway hotel. With Railtrail opening the batting you are sure to come up smelling of roses!


18th July 2019 (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.




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.




5th September 2019 (7 days)           Netherlands Steam          Fare £1395


A brand new tour enjoying late summer in the Netherlands including visits to the Utrecht Railway Museum, also steam across North Holland from Hoorn to Medemblik and continue by boat to the Zuiderzsee Museum. The highlight for many will be the Veluwsche Stoomtrein Maatschappij Steam Gala with many German locos in steam and traction engines. We'll also travel over the 'Dutch Alps' on the ZLSM line at Simpleveld and a photo steam charter on the Goes to Barland line with runs pasts included.


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


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