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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 6 August 2020

 

 

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


24 September 2020  (5 days)  New - Kent & Sussex Autumn Steam Explorer     Fare £649

 

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 FIVE steam venues including two private charters, Brewery tour & Real Ale Brewer's Supper - plus no single room supplement!

 

1 October 2020 (5 days)  Cotswolds & Swindon Steam Explorer   Fare £399

 

Railtrail's new tour takes us through the beautiful Cotswolds by steam train and on a journey of exploration as we sail through the Gloucester Docks with visits to the Didcot Railway Museum and STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway also included. Round off your holiday in great style with a tour and tasting at the award winning Hook Norton Brewery

 

30 September 2020 (14 days) USA Fall Colours Steam - Ground Only  Fare £3749

 

A truly amazing tour featuring 6 steam lines including Double headed Shay Locomotives and a 2-6-6-2 Mallet in operation.  Also time in the cities of Boston, New York and Washington.  Two scenic diesel excursions, an Amtrak ride and two railroad Museums.  Travel with a Railtrail Tour Manager who has 30 years experience of escorting tours to the USA.  

 

 

 

30 September 2020 (14 days) USA Fall Colours Steam - Flight Inc    Fare £4299

 

A truly amazing tour featuring 6 steam lines including Double headed Shay Locomotives and a 2-6-6-2 Mallet in operation.  Also time in the cities of Boston, New York and Washington.  Two scenic diesel excursions, an Amtrak ride and two railroad Museums.  Travel with a Railtrail Tour Manager who has 30 years experience of escorting tours to the USA.  

 

 

 

1 October 2020 (5 days)  Great Central Gala & More - Steam Rail & Ale     Fare £489

 

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!

 

2 October 2020  (12 days)  Golden October Austrian Steam Adventure   Fare £2175

 

We are often asked for an Austrian tour and, well, we don’t do things by halves, so here it is and it’s a big one! This October the Lokpark heritage railway collection at Ampflwang opens its doors with a steam festival. A week later sees a rare steam excursion on the Mariazellerbahn Railway. In between we feature more steam on the Achenseebahn and Zillertalbahn, Innsbruck’s Nordkettenbahn, the Gmunden Tramway, the Traunseebahn, boat trips on idyllic Austrian lakes, a brewery and a schnapps tasting. If you fancy a ‘Golden October’ in Austria.

 

15 October 2020   (5 days)    Steam, Rail & Ale in Scotland     Fare £629

 

Build up a head of steam, uncovering Scotland's heritage from a different angle. Enjoy the Bo'ness & Kinneil Steam Railway, soar above the canals by boat on the remarkable Falkirk Wheel and steam through the Highlands on the Strathspey Railway on a tour that also features the best of Scottish brewing.

 

22 October 2020  (5 days)   Yorkshire Steam, Rail & Ale Trail    Fare £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, York Brewery, Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway, 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!

 

26 October 2020  (8 days)    Golden Harz Steam & More     Fare £1499

 

A rare opportunity to travel almost the whole of the Harz Mountains system by steam capturing the golden autumn colours. Add to this a private 750 mm steam charter, standard gauge steam at a very rarely visited location, and view a former DB steam depot and its collection we have a truly great rail holiday to rediscover the beauty of German steam in golden autumn colours.

 

02 December 2020  (7 days)       Festive Steam in Saxony         Fare £1345

 

A wonderful winter steam adventure into the Saxony region, staying one night in Erfurt and five in Dresden.  Visiting a wonderful railway at Lößnitzgrundbahn travelling from Radebeul to Radeburg. We also travel on the Weißeritztalbahn on the Saxony steam railway route.  Admission and guided tour to the Altstadt Railway Museum Dresden. Two public steam train rides.  A visit to the Zittau railway and as its near Christmas, why not a visit to Leipzig Christmas Markets.

 

27 December 2020 (7 days)   Black Forest New Year Steam & More  Fare £1479

 

Enjoy a special New Year tour as we steam through glorious Black Forest scenery in its magical winter setting on three included steam excursions! We also spend New Year's Eve in beautiful Freiburg and tour the city at the 'Gateway to the Black Forest' by vintage tram

 

29 December 2020  (7 days)  Austria New Year Celebrations with Steam

Fare £1445

 

A wonderful railway holiday to see in the New Year exploring Austria by train. Celebrate 2020 in style at the historic 4-star Hotel Plankenhof in the beautiful Tyrol including a 5-course dinner, a glass of bubbly and fireworks on New Year's Eve. The tour also features two great steam train journeys on the Zillertalbahn and Pinzgauer Railways, traditional Tyrolean music, Schnapps tasting and a trip to the top of the Hafelekar overlooking stunning Innsbruck…this tour has something for everyone!

 

3 April 2021  (18 days)  Australia - Steam on Five Gauges Flight Inclusive    Fare £4425

 

Start 2021 with the 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!  We are using Singapore Airlines and flying out from Heathrow and starting our tour in Melbourne and a fortnight later will be departing from Sydney with Singapore Airlines and landing at London Heathrow.  Flight Details are on our Other information page

on the website.

 

 

4 April 2021  (16 days)  Australia - Steam on Five Gauges (Ground Only)  Fare £3250

 

Start 2021 with the 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 make sure you make your own return flight arrangements.  The Flight Inclusive flight arrangements are on other information on the website.

 

6 April 2021     Dresden Steam Festival & Saxon Narrow Gauge Steam (8 & 11 day tours)  Fares for Both TBC

 

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.

 

This may be a limited group size tour dependant on the Covid-19 situation at the time. Fortunately Germany has very low infection numbers compared to the UK at present.

 

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10 May, 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!

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

***Awaiting Flight inclusive Fare***

 

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

 

 

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