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 5 September:
Now open for booking - Black Forest New Year Steam & More, Swiss Mountain Steam 2015.

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 15th (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 (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.

February 12th 2015 (5 days)   Harz Winter Steam Enthusiasts Festival    Fare TBA
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April 15th 2015 (6 days)    Dresden Steam Train Festival    Fare TBA
Celebrating 90 years of Class 01 locomotives. With optional extension: Saxony Steam (4 days)
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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
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.
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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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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
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.