Steam Enthusiast Tour Calendar

 

Our current programme of Railtrail Steam Train Holidays for enthusiasts who adore the world of steam. Click on the tour title to see full details and to book online. Where booking has not yet opened we invite you to express your interest using our online request form; click on the "Express your interest..." link beneath the tour description in our calendar listing below.

 

Last updated 19 May 2015 - Now open for booking:

Golden Harz Steam Enthusiasts Festival  departs Wednesday 14 October (6 days); 

 

 

Jun– Sept (7 days)   Harz Mountains Steam – Jewel of Germany     Fare From £1075 (SRS £110)   

Departs Saturdays: 6th June, 18th July, 26th September 2015

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.

11th July 2015 (5 days)    Northern France Narrow Gauge Steam    Fare £699 (SRS £130)

A delightful, leisurely French tour featuring private steam and tramway charters, historic WW1 battlefield tour, optional free-time in Paris, and the idyllic riverside café culture of Amiens.Enjoy steam on the Baie de la Somme Railway to the coast at St.Valery plus steam onto Cayeux-sur-Mer, plus a private steam photo charter at the First World War-built Froissy-Cappy-Dompierre line.

8th July, 29th July, 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.

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Northern Germany & Baltic Coast Steam

27th July (8 days)    Northern Germany & Baltic Coast Steam    £1295 (SRS £225)

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.

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!

 

Meiningen Steam Festival & More

3rd September 2015 (5 days)   Meiningen Steam Festival & more     Fare £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!

12th Septhember  (8 days)    Budapest & Vienna    Fare TBA

Travelling by Eurostar and Deutsche Bahn ICE train to Germany for a very special one-off continental rail holiday featuring yesteryear travel by express steam train from Stuttgart through Germany via Vienna to Budapest. Our special train features 1940-built express steam locomotive Pacific 01 1066 with First Class heritage carriages on a great railway adventure. The tour includes steaming along the UNESCO protected Semmering Pass between Alpine peaks of over 2,000 metres before steaming onto Budapest for a few days of visiting the superb railway museum and steam railways, or enjoy local sightseeing excursions. We return to Stuttgart aboard our heritage train with meals on board the vintage restaurant car creating a truly unique ambience hauled by steam locomotive 01 1066 then speeding back to London the following day by DB and Eurostar.

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19th September (10 days)    USA Steam - the BIG one    Fare TBA

A fabulous tour viewing over 100 locos at 14 venues - private steam charters, parallel run-pasts, an EXCLUSIVE visit to Jerry Jacobsen’s ‘Age of Steam’ private roundhouse, plus trolley & railroad museums and much more! Lines to include: Black River & Western Railroad, the ‘New Hope & Ivyland’, Strasburg Railroad, Wilmington & Western Railroad, Cass Scenic Logging Railway and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad – and more!

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24th September (5 days)     Belgian Rail Ale Trail    Fare £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.

29th September (7 days)    Rotterdam to Bavaria's Steam Festival   Fare £1399 (SRS £130)

Pacific 01 075 Rotterdam - Mönchengladbach. Heritage diesel hydraulic V200-116 along Rhine Valley and through Spessart Forest. Würzburg -Neuenmarkt - Wirsberg with Pacific 01 150. Three Pacifics over 3 days! 01 150, 01 202, & 01 180 with steep incline runs to Bamberg and Hof. DB museum Neunmarket-Wirsberg photo parade of resident and guest locos. Plus Pacific 01 202 to Arnstadt (steam depot visit) with 03 1010 requested for return journey. A beautifully scenic truly unique tour too!

 

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    Fare 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 plus, of course, the unique Wuppertal Schwebebahn ‘dingle-dangle’ railway. 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.

 

 

Scottish Highlands Steam & Malt Trail

22nd October   (5 Days)   Scottish Highlands Steam & Malt Trail    Fare £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     Fare £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.

 

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

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