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 25 October:
Now open for booking - Dresden Steam Festival, Dresden Steam Festival PLUS Saxon Narrow Gauge, Poland Steam Explorer, Northern Germany & Baltic Coast Steam, Welsh Mega Steam 6.

December 3rd (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.

December 27th (7 days)    Black Forest New Year Steam & More    Fare £1250 (SRS £175)
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 steam on Holland’s Dutch ZLSM line Valkenburg – Simpelveld return. 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.

12 February (6 days)   Harz Winter Steam Enthusiasts Festival   Fare £895 (NO SRS*!)
Another unique short break to enjoy fantastic winter steam -  hopefully with snow - on Germany's amazing Harz Mountains Railway, this year with some very rare and unusual locomotive haulage and rolling stock, plus lots of photographic run-pasts. Stay in beautiful old Wernigerode, HALF BOARD, with superb inclusive evening meals. *NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT if book by 31 October 2014 (thereafter £99).

April 15th (6 days)    Dresden Steam Festival    Fare £1199 (SRS £120)
Celebrating German Pacific Class 01 locos at the spectacular Steam Festival weekend in Dresden and on amazing mainline steam journeys. Private narrow gauge steam charter on the Döllnitztalbahn, steam on the Weisseritztalbahn, special loco depot photo shoots and stay a night in Colditz Castle! Lots more steam action promised in and around Dresden, including parallel running with two steam trains and a thrash up the “Tharant incline”. OPTIONAL EXTENSION – see below!

Dresden Steam Festival

April 9th (9 days)    Dresden Steam Festival PLUS Saxon Narrow Gauge   Fare £1755 (SRS £160)
All of the above steam celebrating German Pacific locos at the spectacular Dresden Steam Festival PLUS private steam charters at Schönheide and on the Pressnitztalbahn, along with mountain steam on the fabulous Fichtelbergbahn. We also include the rarely visited loco collection at the former DB Schwarzenberg steam depot and a night-time tour and photo shoot at the amazing double roundhouse and marshalling yards in Chemnitz with its steam and heritage diesel/ electric locos.

Dresden Steam Festival & Saxon Narrow Gauge

April 28th (9 days)    Poland Steam Explorer    Fare £1495 (SRS £159)
Discover the best of Polish steam! We combine the famous “Parade of Steam” day at Wolsztyn with 3 superb mainline steam charters, plus private steam charters on the 600 mm Zinn and 750 mm Gniezo lines and more. This sensational steam packed tour features lots of mainline standard gauge steam, a steam parade festival of amazing proportions, and historic narrow gauge steam that makes "rustic" sound modern! All assembled around the phenomenal time-warp that is the Wolsztyn Experience, including the opportunity for you to fire / drive standard gauge steam locomotives out on the mainline. HALF-BOARD too.

Poland Steam Explorer

May 2015   Railtrail Festival of Steam Trains from Southern Germany    Fare TBA
One not to miss – steam through three countries
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June 2015 (4 days)    Northern France Narrow Gauge & Steam    Fare TBA
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.
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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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July 27th (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.

Northern Germany & Baltic Coast Steam

August 29th (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!

Welsh Mega Steam 6

September 2nd 2015 (6 days)   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
Glorious mainline steam excursions, Christmas markets and hopefully the reopening of the full length of the Weisseritztalbahn.
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Overseas fares are ex London. Flexible “Tour Joining” arrangements available, including “Own flight” discounts.