Steam Enthusiast Tour Calendar

 

The first of our 2016 steam tours are now available for you to register an expression of interest. It doesn’t mean you have to travel but it does mean you get first opportunity to book onto these popular tours.

 

Whilst repeating the always popular tours like the Winter Harz and Dresden Steam Festival we have a number of variations to tours operated on previous years and some wonderful new tours and I suggest that the Bavaria Steam, Rail & Ale promises to be extremely popular.

 

We have also tried to organise tours so that it’s possible to combine them into longer duration holidays …

 

Last updated 15th July 2015 - Now open for booking:

All 2016 Expressions of Interest added 15th July 2015

 

Sunday 7 February 2016 (10 days) Poland Steam & War Fare TBA A tremendous steam tour that also features some incredible WW2 excursions including a visit to Stalag Luft III (The Great Escape POW camp), and the German fortifications and underground railway at Kalawa. 8 mainline steam runs from Wolsztyn, both short and long, to Zbaszynek (2), Leszno (2), Zagan, Stefanowo, Rakoniewce, and Nowowies Mochy. Plus narrow gauge steam at Gniezno and viewing stored locos at Powodowo.

12th August, 26th August, 9th September 2015 8 days) Swiss Mountain Steam Fares from £1595 (SRS only £95)

Our superb steam and scenery tour – panoramic vistas on the original route of the Glacier Express on the Furka Steam Railway, plus the Brienz – Rothorn Steam Railway and the our chartered steam up the spectacular Schynige Platte and more. With your Bernese Oberland Pass also cruise on the lake paddle steamers. 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!

 

29th August (4days)    North Wales Mega Steam      Fares from £479 (No SRS!)

A short Mega Steam tour – at an amazing value for money fare! Experience SEVEN fantastic railways, including the whole of the superb Welsh Highland line from Caernarfon to Porthmadog through the Aberglaslyn Pass, and steam to the summit of Snowdon mountain – all in a short 4 day break.

If you’ve always promised yourself to ‘do’ all these famous railways, but never got round to it - then this is a unique opportunity to bag them all in one go.

The Tour Fare is exceptional value as we include Half-Board accommodation and by using University accommodation, there is no single room supplement to pay if travelling on your own. We also offer Fares ALL INCLUSIVE of rail travel from your UK ‘home’ station, giving you great value connecting travel too. So, book now for a wonderful 4 day ‘bash’ with great camaraderie!

Welsh Mega Steam 6

29th August (8 days)    Welsh Mega Steam 6    Fares from £1195 (NO SRS!)

Our extremely popular tour featuring SIXTEEN fantastic heritage and scenic lines 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 and the spectacularly scenic Cambrian Coast line; all culminating at the delightful Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Steam Gala. We offer great value fares including HALF-BOARD, your choice of First or standard class rail travel to join the tour and NO single room supplement!

 

1st September (5 days)      Mid Wales Mega Steam     Fares from £599 ( No SRS!)

This ‘second half’ of our 8 day Welsh Mega Steam tour also features a private steam charter at the Corris Railway, a full day at the standard gauge Llangollen Railway including the new extension to Corwen & tour of the locomotive shed, the delightful Bala Lake Railway, and concludes at the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway annual steam gala.  

If you’ve always promised yourself to ‘do’ all these famous railways, but never got round to it - then this is a unique opportunity to bag them all in one go.

The Tour Fare is exceptional value as we include Half-Board accommodation and by using University accommodation, there is no single room supplement to pay if travelling on your own. We also offer Fares ALL INCLUSIVE of rail travel from your UK ‘home’ station, giving you great value connecting travel too. So, book now for a wonderful 5 or 8 day ‘bash’ with great camaraderie!

Meiningen Steam Festival & More

3rd September 2015 (5 days)   Meiningen Steam Festival & more     Fares from £999 (SRS £99) 

Our annual visit travelling by steam to the annual Meiningen Works Open Day & Festival of Steam. A superb value tour featuring steam to Meiningen with Pacific 01 118 and steam on three different gauges including private charter and visit. plus a steam TRAM private charter!

24th September (5 days)     Belgian Rail Ale Trail    Fares from £695 (SRS £120)

An action-packed Belgian tour featuring two days at the 3 Valleys Steam Festival and much more – vintage trams, Le Petit Train du Bonheur, a steam line never visited before, and visits to a distillery and three Belgian breweries! Great value fare including dinner each evening.

 

26th September 2015 (7 days)   Harz Mountains Steam – Jewel of Germany     Fares From £1075 (SRS £110)   

Relax and enjoy the heritage of the Harz area. Explore the famous Harz Mountains steam railway, the medieval town of Quedlinburg and Wernigerode's 'fairy tale' castle and travel freely with our included 3-day Freedom of Harz Pass. With dinner included each evening this is a great value, First Class tour – a fabulously relaxing holiday for enthusiasts and partners alike.

29th September (7 days)    Rhine Ruhr Steam Explorer      Fares from £1095 (SRS £140)

A fabulous tour viewing a variety of steamlines and a plethora of differing gauges, locomotives and rolling stock.  This is achived in a relaxing style enabling everyone to unwind and enjoy thmselves on a magnificent holiday.  A Private Steam Charter on the rarely visited metre gauge Selfkanbahn.  We visit the Dutch standard gauge steam on the ZLSM 'Millions line'  A tour of the DB Museum at Koblenz and much much more!

 

2015 Yorkshire Dales Rail Ale Trail

8th October  (5 days)  Yorkshire Dales Rail Ale Trail    Fares from £395 (SRS £120)

Enjoy a day at the Keighley & Worth Valley Autumn Steam Gala, with a day ticket allowing you to hop on and off as you please, plus a day in York with its National Railway Museum and a visit to the York Brewery. And our finale is a circular tour of the Yorkshire Dales, including the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway by steam, the scenic preserved Wensleydale Railway and a tour and tasting at Masham's Black Sheep Brewery. Don’t be bitter – hop on!

 

 

14th October (6 days)  Golden Harz Steam Enthusiasts Festival    Fares From £935 (SRS £99)

With countryside bathed in golden autumn hues we ride our annual photographic steam charter trains using historic locomotives, carriages and waggons. We believe this is THE BEST EVER Golden Harz tour as we cover the WHOLE of the HSB system with our special steam charter trains, plus many run-pasts for great photo opportunities of our unusual workings featuring both passenger and freight rolling stock. Highlights include: steam to Drei Annen Hohne; a special freight photo charter of 99 601 with transporter waggons, and also a steam charter with photo run-pasts to storm the Brocken with 99 601. A steam charter with 99 6101 (affectionately known as Pfifi and on the Harz since 1915), Wernigerode-Nordhausen-Hasselfelde via the Stiege loop, with photo run-pasts too. Another steam charter with 99-601 including photo run-pasts.

 

 

22nd October   (5 Days)   Scottish Highlands Steam & Malt Trail    Fares from £445 (SRS only £60)

The Western Highlands offer amazing colours in Autumn and this special departure promises an action packed few days. Explore both branches of the West Highland Line, visit the Isle of Mull, ride the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig, and visit two distilleries for a tour and a 'wee dram'. Not forgetting a day excursion to the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway Steam Gala!

 

Dresden Festive Steam

 

2nd December 2015   Dresden Festive Steam     Fares from £1199 (SRS £145)

A stunning winter wonderland tour to the beautiful city of Dresden. We combine great steam trains on both the mainline and Saxony’s famous narrow gauge lines. Enjoy scenic journeys through enchanting countryside and magical festive markets in wonderful traditional towns – plus the extension of the Weisseritztalbahn to Kipsdorf is due to open in time for our visit!

 

28th December 2015 (7 days)  Black Forest New Year Steam & More

Fares from £1250 (SRS £175)

A special festive holiday with steam journeys in Holland and Germany and sightseeing by vintage tram. A fabulous tour viewing over 100 locos at 14 venues - private steam charters and parallel run pasts.  Enjoy historic Aachen, Black Forest scenery and New Year's Eve celebrations in beautiful Freiburg.

 

12th April 2016 (7 days)   Dresden Steam Festival     Fare from £1395

Celebrating the best of German steam at the renowned Dresden Steam Festival plus mainline steam thrash up the Tharandt incline, plus second mainline steam to Coswig, visit graveyard of steam locos at Falkenberg, Weisseritztalbahn including new extension and two more Saxon narrow gauge lines, Chemnitz superb steam & heritage diesel depot, and one night in the prisoner of war camp – Colditz Castle.

12th April 2016 (10 days)   Dresden Steam Festival & Saxon Narrow Gauge     Fare from £1695

Celebrating the best of German steam at the renowned Dresden Steam Festival plus mainline steam thrash up the Tharandt incline, plus second mainline steam to Coswig, visit graveyard of steam locos at Falkenberg, Weisseritztalbahn including new extension and two more Saxon narrow gauge lines, Chemnitz superb steam & heritage diesel depot, and one night in the prisoner of war camp – Colditz Castle.

3rd February 2016 (6 days)   Harz Winter Steam Festival    Fares from £895  SRS £99*

As we again join forces with the Friends of HSB to offer you a plethora of private charter trains with a fabulous combination of unusual motive power over the whole of the Harz Railway System with lots of photo run pasts and special consist of passenger and mixed trains none of which can be experienced on normal Harz scheduled operation. This annual tour is always a sell out so contact us now to reserve your place(s) and if travelling singly for a limited period we are offering NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT.

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Sunday 7th February 2016 (10 days)   Poland Steam & War    Fare TBA

A tremendous steam tour that also features some incredible WW2 excursions including a visit to Stalag Luft III (The Great Escape POW camp), and the German fortifications  and underground railway at Kalawa. 8 mainline steam runs from Wolsztyn, both short and long, to Zbaszynek (2), Leszno (2), Zagan, Stefanowo, Rakoniewce, and Nowowies Mochy.  Plus narrow gauge steam at Gniezno and viewing stored locos at Powodowo.

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12th April 2016 (7 days)   Baie de Somme Gala & much more    Fare TBA

Experience the major steam gala on the whole of the Baie de la Somme Railway with 15 steam locos from 5 countries and 3 diffrerent gauges. Including steam onto Cayeux-sur-Mer plus a private steam photo charter at the First World War-built Froissy-Cappy-Dompierre line. Also featuring private charters at Valmondois, Chanteraines, the Wambrechies canalside trams, optional free time in Paris, a tour of the WW1 battlefields at Beaumont Hamel based in the lovely cathedral city of Amiens

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4th May 2016 (7 days)   Bavaria Steam, Rail & Ale    Fare TBA

Celebrating the best of both worlds – Steam & fine German ale! Steam with Class 52 8195 to Pilsen for a tour of the brewery. Visit the superb loco collection at Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg steam depot with tour, tasting and dinner at Kulmbach’s Mönchshof  brewery. Bavarian Steam Loco Fest at Nordlingen including 52 8168, 01 180, 01 066 and mainline steam excursion with one of the visiting locos. Tour followed by dinner, beer & Schnaps at the Altstadthof house brewery. Mainline steam to Ammersee with Class 38 1301 or Class 41 018. Private steam photo charter Elbermannstadt  to Behringersmühle and dinner at Schlenkeria with tasting of their famous smoked beer. -  What a tour!!

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May 10th 2016 (8 days)    3 Countries Steam – Germany, France & Switzerland    Fare TBA

One not to miss – steam through three countries! Featuring mainline steam to Vevey on Lake Geneva. Blonay-Chamby steam festival with steam and heritage electric. A day of riding and lineside photography on the Sauschwänzlebahn - the ‘Pigtail’. Steam in France on the Train Doller and Mulhouse Railway Museum. Steam around Lakes Sebrugg, Tittisee and Löffingen. Based in beautiful Black Forest resort, Freiburg.

 

Have 2 extra nights and combine Bavaria Steam, Rail & Ale with 3 Countries Steam for extra steam action not otherwise available on either tour!  

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June 16th 2016 (5 days)    German Summer Steam      Fare TBA

After many years we return to Stassfurt Steam depot and mainline steam with Class 44 1486, plus Mansfelder Bergwerkbahn private steam charter, Magdeburg museum (2 steam locos), rare steam on the steep inclines of the Rübeland with the beast - 95 027, private steam charter at Bornum, and 3 fabulous days of steam and private lineside bus on the Harz as an add-on option.

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June 19th 2016 (6 days)  Harz Summer Steam      Fare TBA

Enjoy a relaxing summer break in the glorious Harz mountains where we meander by steam around the whole Harz system and also have a private lineside bus for ‘hop on and off’ photography whilst trundling by steam through the rural and picturesque Selkethal region. Storm to the top of Brocken mountain with steam, of course, and also reach the southern terminus at Nordhausen. An added bonus away from the HSB is a private steam excursion between Bornum and Derneburg.

Combine German Summer Steam with Harz Summer Steam and make big savings on tour fares.

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August 1st 2016 (8 days)  Northern Germany & Baltic Coast Steam    Fare TBA

A wonderful summer holiday exploring an amazing variety of steam lines. We again return for steam on both the renowned Rüegen Island and “the Molli”, plus visit the world's largest model railway in Hamburg, with optional sightseeing in historic Bremen and on the Baltic Sea coast. We include narrow-gauge steam at Mühlenstroth, the 22 kms of standard gauge steam at Jan Harpstedt and spend a day at the annual steam festival on the metre-gauge Niedersachsisches Kleinbahnmuseum at Bruchhausen-Vilsen, and more… All in a relaxing style, at a convivial pace - a great holiday for enthusiasts and partners alike.

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



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