Steam Enthusiast Tour Calendar


As we are now well into the second half of the year we still have a plethora of superb steam holidays for you to choose from and we have listed below all the remaining steam enthusiast tours for this year along with the opportunity to express your interest in booking onto our ever popular Winter Harz Steam Enthusiast tour which is the ‘mirror image’ of our Golden Harz Enthusiasts tour in October. Both tours are organised in conjunction with the Friends of the HSB and feature unusual motive power and heritage freight and passenger rolling stock over pretty well all the Harz Railway network.  Please note these tours are always booked up quickly.


If you fancy a last minute Summer Steam tour we may be able to get you on-board the tours listed below if you are quick.


If you wish to combine Steam with Real Ale and great Scenery then take a peek at our Steam, Rail & Ale tours listed in the general UK and European tours sections.  


Last updated 3 November 2016 - Now open for booking: Northern France Narrow Gauge


22 February 2017  (6 days)   Harz Winter Steam Entusiasts' Festival    Fare £999

A great mid-winter break where we hope for crisp snow and blue sky to accentuate the locomotives storming their way around the incredible and genuinely beautiful Harz Region of Germany. The climb up to Brocken summit, a former Soviet stronghold, overlooking the Western Plain is an incredible experience and contrasts with the rural, rustic and at times idyllic Selkethal section of the system that meanders its way through the small villages and fields.


Based in the stunning and historic town of the witches – Wernigerode this is an immensely popular tour and early booking is highly recommended – particularly as we are offering no single supplement if booked before 31 October 2016.  


5 April 2017  (9 days)  Dresden Steam Festival & Saxony Sensation   Fare £1575


Celebrating the best of German steam at the renowned Dresden Steam Festival plus mainline steam Thrandter ramp and possibly Berlin on one day and Altenberg on another day. By Train to Oberweissbacher funicular, vintage electric line to Cursdorf, Arnstadt Steam Depot tour, Arnstadt brewery.  Steam along the old Industial track of Waldeisenbahn Bad Muskau and visit the Railway museum in Weißwasser.   Travel on the iron horses of the Zittau narrow gauge railway and visit the loco shed at Bertsdorf.  Visit Colditz Castle


13 April 2017 (5 days)   Kent & Sussex Easter Steam Explorer    Fare £545


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

20th April 2017 (5 days)      Norfolk Steam Explorer         Fare £525

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.

27th April 2017 (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 2017 (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 2017 (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 Wuppertal’s excellent tram museum including a private vintage tram charter and of course the much loved Schwebebahn overhead railway.

27th May 2017 (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 2017 (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.



15 June 2017 (5 days)    Great  Central & More - Steam, Rail & Ale    Fare £459


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!



30th August (7 days)    Going Dutch - The Netherlands by Steam, Tram & Boat   Fare TBA


Spend a day at the largest steam gala in the Netherlands in combination with the Hoorn Medemblick Steamtram, one of Amsterdam’s vintage trams, a steam charter on the STAR line and even a day trip to the German holiday island of Borkum for a ride on the Borkumer Kleinbahn. Not forgetting scenic boat trips on the Ijsselmeer and along Amsterdam.


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


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