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Steam Enthusiast Tour Calendar

 

Our unique programme of steam tours are now open for booking plus a small series of Steam, Rail & Ale tours to whet your appetite.

A super series of UK steam tours offer wonderful extended weekends in a sociable environment with like-minded friends at great value fares.

For the continent a whole series of brand new tours give a fresh new look  to our ever popular steam destinations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and France and now Rest of the World.

We Look forward to the pleasure of your company soon, and perhaps raising a glass to Railtrail - Refreshing the parts that other tour operators do not reach.

Please look at our Expressions of Interest section at the bottom of the page.  These are currently being finalised and then will be put on the tour list for when the tour is released.

  

 

Last updated 20 March 2021

 

 

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


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21 June & 13 Sept 2021  (8 days)   Roses Battle By Steam Plus Settle & Carlisle Line

Fare £975

 

We thought we would celebrate the steam and rail heritage of the north country with our own ‘battle of the roses’ tour, including Yorkshire and Lancashire steam and heritage railways every day from our base at an iconic railway hotel. With Railtrail escorting this great railway holiday you are sure to come up smelling of roses!

 

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23 June, 4 Aug & 1 Sept 2021  (8 days)   Swiss Mountain Steam     Fare £1775

 

Switzerland and steam trains - a delightful combination as Railtrail Tours take you to the heart of this beautiful country to experience some amazing mountain rail journeys and glorious lake steamer cruises.

 

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02 July 2021 (7 days)   Northern & Central France Steam Explorer     Fare £1299

 

Our amazing French tour includes SIX steam lines, FOUR inclusive charters and ONE steam gala plus hotel accommodation in picturesque Amiens and the heart of Orléans. Enjoy a great steam gala at the unique and historic WW1 Somme line at Froissy, a day exploring the scenic Baie de Somme line, visit the MTVS new line at Crevecoeur for a private steam charter and private steam charter on the metre gauge Le Train du Bas Berry Line.

 

 

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3 July & 28 August 2021  (8 days)   Switzerland's Steam-powered Six   Fare £1779

 

See stunning Switzerland in style on Railtrail's great steam powered railway holiday, based on the lakeshore of lovely Lake Lucerne. Cruise across three Swiss lakes the nostalgic way by paddle-steamer and experience three exhilarating steam train excursions in the Swiss mountains, plus take a trip on the world's steepest cogwheel railway!

 

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19 August 2021  (5 days)       Lost Village of Imber & Steam      Fare £389

 

This superb tour takes us over the beautiful Salisbury Plain by vintage London Bus to the lost village of Imber. Begin your holiday in great style with a tour and tasting at the award winning Corinium Ales Brewery in the beautiful Cotswold Town of Cirencester. Steam on two heritage railways and scenic scheduled train journeys through the Golden Valley and along the Bank of the River Severn. We conclude by visiting STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway.

 

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23 September 2021 (5 days)    Kent & Sussex Autumn Steam Explorer   Fare £635

 

We stay beside the River Medway in the historic county town of Maidstone on this fascinating Autumn break featuring the wonderful Giants of Steam Gala, visits to SIX steam venues including two private charters, Brewery tour & Real Ale Brewer's Supper.

 

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30 September 2021 (5 days)    Great Central & More - Steam, Rail & Ale    Fare £499

 

A brilliant Steam, Rail & Ale tour timed to coincide with a magnificent steam gala day at the Great Central Railway, steam along the Great Central Nottingham, plus Peak Rail Steam, and heritage railcar on the Ecclesbourne Valley line. Add in a visit and tour of Marston's Heritage brewery and a Victorian ale house and we can drink to that!

 

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1 October 2021        Colorado Steam Spectacular     Fare £3995 (Ground Only)

 

Another new tour to tick off with Railtrail tours.  Why not steam through the untamed beauty of Colorado on this 12 day Rocky Mountain Adventure.  Where we discover expanses of landscape hidden from moddern traffic aboard up to present six fantastic railways: the Georgetown Loop Railroad, the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad and the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway.  Whilst we ride the rails we will be joined by rail experts and have our very own Escorted Tour Manager who has indepth knowledge in this area.  On this tour there is plenty of photographing opportunities  as we visit loco sheds and Rail Society roundhouses.

 

 

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1 October 2021      Colorado Steam Spectacular Flight Inclusive       Fare £4695 (Flight Inclusive)

 

Another new tour to tick off with Railtrail tours.  Why not steam through the untamed beauty of Colorado on this 12 day Rocky Mountain Adventure.  Where we discover expanses of landscape hidden from moddern traffic aboard up to present six fantastic railways: the Georgetown Loop Railroad, the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad and the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway.  Whilst we ride the rails we will be joined by rail experts and have our very own Escorted Tour Manager who has indepth knowledge in this area.  On this tour there is plenty of photographing opportunities  as we visit loco sheds and Rail Society roundhouses.

 

Return flights from London Heathrow to Denver USA with British Airways.  Awaiting Flight numbers and specific times.

 

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5 October 2021   Dresden Steam Festival & Saxon Narrow Gauge Steam   (8 & 11 day tours)  Fares £1625 / £1975

 

Steam Gala – Remember them!

 

Sadly 2020 has to date ruined our opportunity to enjoy the superb atmosphere of a steam gala. But 2021 will be different and let’s start with inviting you to ‘express your interest’ in joining our regular annual visit to arguably Europe’s best steam gala with the massive plus of visiting those fabulous Saxon Narrow-Gauge lines that still manage to avoid the financial cut backs and give you the unique opportunity to enjoy a unique world of steam.

 

This fabulous 11 day tour (with a shorter 8 day option) celebrates the best of German steam at Dresden Steam Festival including a night photo-shoot, plus 4 amazing mainline steam journeys, 5 Saxon Narrow gauge steam lines including a private steam photo charter, steam on the Dresden Parkeisenbahn and a paddle steamer cruise.

 

 

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14 October 2021 (5 days)   Yorkshire Steam, Rail & Ale Trail       Fares £445

 

Enjoy a trip to wonderful Yorkshire that is packed with steam railways and accompanied by plenty of real ale! This great value tour includes visits to the National Railway Museum, Brew York, Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway, the Black Sheep Brewery and ends with the popular annual Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Beer and Music festival with over 100 different cask beers and ciders to tempt you!

This fabulous 11 day tour (with a shorter 8 day option) celebrates the best of German steam at Dresden Steam Festival including a night photo-shoot, plus 4 amazing mainline steam journeys, 5 Saxon Narrow gauge steam lines including a private steam photo charter, steam on the Dresden Parkeisenbahn and a paddle steamer cruise.

 

 

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21 October 2021  (5 days)    Steam, Rail & Ale in Scotland       Fares £665

 

Enjoy three superb Scottish railways with journeys on the Borders Railway, Bo'ness & Kinneil Steam Railway and Strathspey Steam Railway, plus a boat trip on the remarkable engineering masterpiece, the Falkirk Wheel, all combined with two breweries visits to discover the best of Scottish brewing.

 

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27 March 2022  (17 days)  Australia - Steam on Five Gauges Flight Inc  Fares £4475

 

Start 2022 with a trip of a lifetime for any dedicated steam enthusiasts! Our escorted rail holiday to Australia boasts six steam railways including four exclusive charters, three railway museums, a major steam festival featuring parallel running, a first class journey on the XPT train between Melbourne and Sydney, plus free time in both amazing cities!

 

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Monday 28 March 2022 (15 days)  Australia - Steam on Five Gauges (Ground Only)

Fares £3300

 

Monday 28 March 2022 - (Arrival in Melbourne) - Join the group at our hotel

Monday 11 April 2022 - (Leaving Sydney) You will leave the group and depart on your own flight.

 

Start 2022 with a trip of a lifetime for any dedicated steam enthusiasts! Our escorted rail holiday to Australia boasts six steam railways including four exclusive charters, three railway museums, a major steam festival featuring parallel running, a first class journey on the XPT train between Melbourne and Sydney, plus free time in both amazing cities!

 

Please keep visiting the Railtrail Steam calendar for updates to our site.  Many thanks for looking.

 

 

Express your interest in receiving details of this tour as soon as they are available

 





 



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