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 15 July:
New upcoming tours added, Black Forest New Year Steam, Harz Winter Steam Enthusiasts Festival, Dresden Steam Train Festival, Railtrail Festival of Steam Trains in Southern Germany, North Germany and Baltic Coast Steam, with Bruchhausen-Vilsen Festival, Meiningen Steam Festival & more, Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg Steam Event, Dresden Festive Steam.
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July 30th, August 13th, Sept. 10th (8 days) Swiss Mountain Steam Fare £1670 (SRS £245)
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.
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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 £1535 (SRS £130)
A very special, one-off continental rail holiday, by express steam train from Germany through Austria. Our special train features 1940-built express steam locomotive Pacific 01 1066 with First Class heritage carriages on a great railway adventure, steaming along between Alpine peaks of over 2,000 metres, We also include a spectacular journey by narrow gauge steam train high into the mountains on the unique Mariazellerbahn, twisting and turning high into the mountains to the historic city of Mariazell. Optional sightseeing in Vienna, and much, much more to see along the way.

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.

October 15 (6 days)    Golden Harz Steam Enthusiasts Festival    Fare £895 (SRS £98)
With the Harz Mountains bathed in golden autumn hues we ride our photographic steam charter trains using historic locomotives, carriages and wagons, plus the Wuppertal Schwebebahn ‘dingle-dangle’ railway. A unique four days of steam charters with mixed stock using 4 different heritage locos, including recreating the parallel departure from Alexisbad which is no longer possible on public days. 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 the Friends of HSB; together with the beautiful golden scenery and historic towns and villages, this holiday will appeal to enthusiast and non-enthusiast partners alike.

December 3rd 2014 (7 Days)    Dresden Festive Steam    Fare £1149 (SRS £145)
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 to Prague. 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 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.

NEW! December 27th (7 days)    Black Forest New Year Steam    Fare TBA
A wonderful steam tour to see in the New Year in one of Germany’s most beautiful historic towns. We stay in Aachen for two nights and enjoy a day of steam on the ZLSM line Simpelveld-Valkenburg and Simpelveld-Kerkrade. Then onward to celebrate the New Year in the ‘hidden gem’ of Freiburg, in the mountains of the Black Forest. Our four night stay includes an introductory tour of the city by vintage tram, a great day travelling by steam train through the Black Forest on the Zollernbahn from Triberg-St Georgen-Hausach-Triberg, hauled by Class 52 7596, and another spectacular scenic steam journey on the 3Seenbahn (3 lakes line), around Lake Titisee to Sebrugg and return, hauled by Class 58 311. Plus sightseeing in Freiburg too, this is a delightful tour for enthusiasts and partners alike.
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February 2015   Harz Winter Steam Enthusiasts Festival  Fare TBA
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Mid-April  2015  Dresden Steam Train Festival Fare TBA
Celebrating 90 years of Class 01 locomotives. With optional extension: Saxony Steam
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May 2015   Railtrail Festival of Steam Trains in Southern Germany Fare TBA
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June 2015 (4 days)    Northern France Narrow Gauge & Steam    Fare TBA
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 and the steam festival at the First World War-built Froissy-Cappy-Dompierre line along with at least one other heritage line, such as the Vallee d’Aa  behind steam.
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Late-July 2015   North Germany and Baltic Coast Steam, with Bruchhausen-Vilsen Festival Fare TBA
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September 2015   Meiningen Steam Festival & more Fare TBA
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Late September 2015   Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg Steam Event Fare TBA
With photographer specials on the incline and requested engines including 01 150, 01 202 and 01 180
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December 2015   Dresden Festive Steam Fare TBA
Including, hopefully, the reopening of the full length of the Weisseritzbahn
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Overseas fares are ex London. Flexible “Tour Joining” arrangements available, including “Own flight” discounts.