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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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Durango & Silverton Train
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Smoky Mountain National Park
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Mount Rushmore
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Bunches of Ripe Grapes
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Tourist Traveling into Balloon Festival
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Durango Silverton Train
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Smoky Mountain Rail Adventure
05 Nov 2023
FRIEDA E SCHWEINLE
5 stars
“I SUBMITTED my review last weekend. Coby/Young Transportation DRIVER and Ed/Tour Director were a FABULOUS Team and made sure that EVERY traveler had a superb experience. THANK YOU.
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Colorado Rail Experience
22 Oct 2023
PHILIP SIMILA
5 stars
“Generally excellent. Some places had a food desert . Trains all excellent. Need to warn people about the altitude sickness.
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First Class Colorado Rail Adventure featuring Rocky Mountaineer
04 Oct 2023
BETTY PAUL
5 stars
“Beautiful scenery and great service!
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Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands, & Yellowstone
18 Sep 2023
DAVID CHASTAIN
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“It was a wonderful trip, with the tour guide Sally Bell and bus driver Alex Hess being the best part. . All the museums, animals, and scenery were fantastic. The raft trip on the Snake River and the jeep ride through Custer State Park were the best parts of the trip. The weakest part of the tour was the California Zephyr train. The observation deck was great and the food was good, but the roomette was too small, the train too jerky, and the whole train showing that it was in need of a good cleaning. But we loved the trip and thought it was an awesome itinerary. Thank you.
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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta by Rail
31 Oct 2023
JONI TRUMP
4 stars
“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 overnight train ride from Chicago to Denver was rough. Amtrack doesn't really invest in their trains and the tracks are owned by the freight companies. The full day train ride from Denver to Grand Junction was really nice. I really enjoyed the Balloon festival. I would definitely travel with this company again.
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Autumn at the Greenbrier & Historic Trains
20 Oct 2023
Peter Thompson
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California's Redwoods, Rails & Wineries
08 Oct 2023
JAMES HEATH
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“Very nice. The Amtrak portion was disappointing.
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