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Steam Train in the USA

Steam Train Tours

Steam locomotives once powered America's trains. Today, most steam engine trains have been converted to diesel or electric power. Still, there remain some scenic train rides that offer this nostalgic mode of travel, such as New England's Essex Steam Train, which follows a course through the pastoral Connecticut River Valley-an exceptionally breathtaking sight during fall foliage season.

Steam train excursions recall a bygone era of travel. Itineraries featuring these heritage railways offer the ideal balance between modern touring and historical journeys. California's Redwood Forest Steam Train employs one of the oldest preserved narrow-gauge steam engines. This scenic train ride shares the history of the Roaring Camp Railroad on its journey through the state's towering redwood groves. Colorado is home to two famous steam train rides: The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, connecting the historic mining towns of Durango and Silverton across the Animas River Canyon and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the longest narrow-gauge steam railroad in the United States. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad operates a steam train excursion along the Tuckasegee River through the western corner of rural North Carolina. In contrast, the Tennessee Valley Railroad's Summerville Steam Special offers a look at the mountains in Southern Tennessee and Northern Georgia.

These steam train trips in the USA showcase some of the country's best-kept secrets: special trains, charming small towns, and fantastic scenery.

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Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands, & Yellowstone
17 Jul 2024
Marla Coradi
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“A wonderful way to see some of our National Parks! Our tour guide was a wealth of information and our driver knew every roadway, the best photo spots, and artfully put our bus in the best parking spots! It was a grand experience!
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First Class Colorado Rail Adventure featuring Rocky Mountaineer
27 Jun 2024
Ernest Oppenheim
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“We have seen all of these trains on PBS which is why we chose to go on this adventure. Nothing compares to being there in person and was well worth being in the canyons, hearing the engines, snow in June on Pikes Peak etc. Our tour guide was excellent with...
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California's Redwoods, Rails & Wineries
05 Oct 2023
GARY WEBSTER
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“Organization was excellent; all time was either set up for us or there were good suggestions for use of spare time. Our tour leader was excellent as well, the driver was the absolute best, both in the crowded city and on the winding mountain roads. The hotels were good but...
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Colorado Rail Experience
14 Jul 2024
Thomas George
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“Our tour guide, Dewi and our driver, Ozzie were outstanding. I was disappointed that the vista dome on our diner train was not available and that we were charged for iced tea which we assumed was included with the meal. Pikes peak was the best, but because of no seating...
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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta by Rail
31 Oct 2023
JONI TRUMP
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“The trip was awesome. The Travel Guide Ed and our Driver Ron were wonderful. I went as a single and met really nice and friendly people. The parks we visited and the scenery out west was just spectacular. I give it only a 4 because the...
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Autumn at the Greenbrier & Historic Trains
20 Oct 2023
Peter Thompson
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