Steam enthusiast tour calendar

Our current programme of Railtrail Steam Train Holidays for enthusiasts who adore the world of steam.

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Last updated 31 March. New upcoming tours added Austria Yesteryear by Steam and Golden Harz Steam Enthusiasts Festival.

April 9th (6 days)    Dresden Leipzig 175 Steam Festival    Fare £1165 (SRS £120)
Celebrating 175 years of Germany’s long distance railway between Dresden and Leipzig, with a spectacular Steam Festival weekend in Dresden. Make the amazing journey from Dresden to Leipzig – and return – with Germany’s star steam loco Pacific 18 201. Experience parallel running with two steam trains and a thrash up the “Tharant incline”. Lots more steam action is promised in and around Dresden and Chemnitz. OPTIONAL EXTENSION – see below!

April 9th (9 days)    Dresden Leipzig 175 PLUS Saxon Narrow Gauge    Fare £1485 (SRS £159)
All of the above steam to celebrate 175 years of Germany’s long distance railway between Dresden and Leipzig and the spectacular Steam Festival weekend in Dresden, plus stay in Dresden for 3 more days of Saxon narrow-gauge steam; enjoy the Zittau line, the Weisseritztalbahn and the Lossnitzdackel plus a visit to Germany’s “Barry scrapyard” of steam locos.

4 departures in 2014! April 26th, July 19th & 28th, October 4th (7 days)
Harz Mountains Steam - The Jewel of Germany  Fare £999 (SRS £111)
Relax and enjoy the heritage of the Harz. Explore the famous Harz Mountains steam railway, travelling freely with our included 3-day Freedom of Harz Pass. Take in the picturesque towns and villages surrounded by a panoramic ranges of rocky crags and woods - full of folklore, witches and steam trains. Explore the medieval town of Quedlinburg and discover Wernigerode's 'fairy tale' castle. We travel by First Class rail to Germany and stay in 4 star quality hotels in Wuppertal – experience the Schwebebahn “dingle-dangle railway – and in delightful Wernigerode,  home of the Harz Railway’s steam sheds. With dinner included each evening this is a great value, First Class tour – a fabulous relaxing holiday for enthusiasts and partners alike.

May 27th (8 days)    Plandampf Neustadt 2014    Fare £1299 (SRS £200)
Possibly the last major Plandampf. Only with Railtrail will you be able to ride behind ALL the participating locos, participate in two private steam photo charters and visit steam depots including the biggest collection of locos in Germany. Strictly limited accommodation on this sure to sell-out tour. In addition to the amazing we also include the rarely visited Museumseisenbahn Losheim line, a private steam charter with 58 311, Karlsruhe / Murgtalbahn and much more.

June 6th (4 days)    Northern France Narrow Gauge & Steam    Fare £595 (SRS £105)
A delightful tour at a relaxed pace to enjoy local drink and cuisine – very popular in recent years with enthusiasts and partners alike. Enjoy travelling on the Baie de la Somme Railway to the coast at St.Valery, the steam festival at the First World War-built Froissy-Cappy-Dompierre line and the Vallee d’Aa line behind steam. Staying in historic Arras, the tour also visits one of the major WWI battlefield memorial cemeteries.

June 25th (7 days)    Poland Summer Steam Explorer    Fare £1465 (SRS £125)
A unique, one-off, steam tour of Poland featuring mostly standard gauge steam and metre gauge – new lines, new destinations, and the beautiful Polish Baltic Coast seaside resorts. Outward travel by overnight EuroNight service. Mainline steam: Gdynia-Kolobrzeg, Kolobrzeg-Gryfice, Kolobrzeg-Drawsko, Kolobrzeg-Szamotuly, Wolsztyn-Cigacice & Wolsztyn-Leszno. Plus metre gauge, Gryfice-Niechorze.

Poland Summer Steam Explorer

June 29th (5 days)    Harz Mountains Summer Steam Explorer    Fare £745 (SRS £125)
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.

Harz Mountains Summer Steam Explorer

June 25th (9 days) Poland & Harz Summer Steam Explorer    Fare £1695 (SRS £160)
The above tours can be COMBINED into a fantastic 9 day holiday. Combine brand new Polish steam locations & locos with steam in Germany's stunning Harz region. Mountains, the Baltic coast & historic cities - an ideal holiday for enthusiasts and partners alike.
COMBINE TOURS and SAVE £515 on the individual fares!


Poland & Harz Summer Steam Explorer

5 departures in 2014! (8 days) Swiss Mountain Steam Fare £1670 (SRS £245)
July 9th & 30th, August 13th & 27th, Sept. 10th
Our superb steam and scenery tour – each departure devised to coincide with the rare opportunities to take the amazing journey over the Bruenig Pass hauled by vintage steam loco. Panoramic vistas on the original route of the Glacier Express on the Furka Steam Railway, plus the Brienz – Rothorn Steam Railway. With your Swiss Rail Pass also cruise on the lake paddle steamers. We stay in Wengen with dinner included each evening. Great value – and a fabulous holiday for enthusiasts and partners alike.
CLICK HERE to see NEW TOUR FILM of this acclaimed steam train holiday!

July 18th (13 days)    Colorado Maximum Steam    Fare £2295 (SRS £485)
We lineside through fabulous mountain scenery for some great photo opportunities. Enjoy two days with Union Pacific’s famous 844 or “Challenger” out on the main line, plus the stunning Cumbres & Toltec and Durango & Silverton narrow gauge lines, and steam over the La Veta Pass. Riding opportunities are also available on many of the lines featured in the tour. Your Tour Manager is able to recommend some of the very best photographic locations.

July 28th (8 days)    Northern Germany & Baltic Coast Steam    Fare £1295  (SRS £175)
A wonderful summer holiday, exploring at a convivial pace, as we travel an amazing variety of steam lines. We return again for steam on both the renowned Rüegen Island and “the Molli”, plus visit the world's largest model railway in Hamburg, along with optional sightseeing in historic Bremen and on the Baltic Sea coast. This year we include narrow-gauge steam at Mühlenstroth, the 22 kms of standard gauge steam at Jan Harpstedt and spend a day at the steam festival on the metre-gauge Niedersachsisches Kleinbahnmuseum at Bruchhausen-Vilsen, and more… All in a relaxing style, making it a magnificent holiday for enthusiasts and partners alike.

August 23rd 2014 (8 days)    Welsh Mega Steam 5    Fares from £1099 NO SRS!
Our extremely popular tour featuring FIFTEEN fantastic heritage and scenic lines and TWO steam galas in just 8 days! A unique opportunity to experience the great rail journeys of the 'little' and standard gauge lines that snake through the stunning scenery of north Wales, including the whole of the superb Welsh Highland line from Caernarfon to Porthmadog through the Aberglaslyn Pass, plus the spectacularly scenic Cambrian Coast line and visits to Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway and Llangollen Railway Steam Galas. We offer great value fares including half-board, First or standard class rail travel to join the tour and NO single room supplement!

August 28th (4 days)    Norfolk Steam Gala    Fares from £429 (SRS £75)
A super variety of steam, enchanting secret garden railways to North Norfolk Railway Steam Gala, as we visit 6 steam venues and journey through outstanding scenery on this amazing short break based in historic Norwich. A delectable mix of heritage attractions and steam action with relaxing journeys, that will captivate steam and photographic enthusiasts and their partners alike. Great value tour fares include travel from your UK "home" station & half-board accommodation.

Norfolk Steam Gala 2

September 3rd (6 days)    Meiningen Steam Festival & Sauschwänzlebahn Fare: £1075 (SRS £140)
Mainline steam with Pacific 01 1066 to the magnificent Meiningen Works Steam Festival, plus a day on the switchback Sauschwänzlebahn including lineside bus for photographers. Also: a private steam charter on the Härtsfeldbahn, steam on the Schwäbsiche Waldbahn with 64 419, and steam Amstetten-Oppingen with 99 7203 and finally, Nordlingen Steam Depot.

October 1st (6 days)    Austria Yesteryear by Steam    Fare TBA
Don't miss this very special one-off tour travelling behind steam from Germany through Austria. We are hauled by express steam loco Pacific 01 1066 in First Class heritage style carriages for a great railway adventure - steaming along between Alpine peaks of over 2,000 metres. Plus take a spectacular journey by narrow gauge steam train high into the mountains, enjoy optional sightseeing in Vienna, and much more.
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October 15 (6 days)    Golden Harz Steam Enthusiasts Festival    Fare TBA
With the Harz countryside bathed in golden autumn hues we ride our Railtrail photographic steam charter trains, featuring a plethora of unusual workings using historic locomotives, carriages and waggons for many great photo opportunities. This year this popular tour also includes Wuppertal’s famous Schwebebahn.
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November 20th (15 days)    India North West Frontier    Fare TBA
A spectacular Railtrail Great Railway Adventure that is a delight of evocative imagery, creating memories for a lifetime on a holiday of a lifetime… This very special tour will feature a nostalgic steam train ride by luxurious train to Rewari, a train journey through the beautiful Kangra Valley overlooked by the Himalayas, and the magnificent Shivalik Mountains by First Class rail, along with extraordinary sightseeing and cultural experiences. We visit Amritsar and the amazing Harmandir Sahib - the “Golden Temple” - as well as the Taj Mahal, Old Delhi and Agra and much more. Plus an optional 5 day extension to experience the amazing narrow gauge steam journeys to the “hill stations” of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
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December 3rd 2014 (7 Days)    Saxony Winter Steam Spectacular    Fare TBA
A winter wonderland of steam and snow (hopefully!) as we visit the beautiful city of Dresden for a tour combining lots of fantastic narrow gauge and mainline steam with great festive charm.  Enjoy two mainline steam excursions to destinations with festive celebrations: with Class 52 8131 into the lovely Ore Mountains, and with 35 1097 into the Czech Republic. We also include steam on the Zittau line to the Czech border , a private tour and photo shoot at Dresden steam depot, steam on the Weisseritztalbahn and the lovely Lossnitzdackel from Radebeul to Radeburg. Stay in the heart of Dresden with half-board hotel accommodation, plus lots to interest non-enthusiast partners. Explore genuine traditional Christmas Markets with hand-crafted decorations from the surrounding region – carousels, carved wooden arches, nutcrackers – and delicious local delicacies to sample.
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Overseas fares are ex London. Flexible “Tour Joining” arrangements available, including “Own flight” discounts.