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Steam Train Tours

Recall a bygone era of travel with steam train holidays. These vacation packages offer an enticing mix of modern and historical rail travel by combining excursions aboard thoughtfully restored heritage railways and long-distance trips on efficient contemporary lines. As you move between popular cities and charming towns, you will be fascinated by the trains themselves and the scenery through which they travel. 

The vast majority of trains around the globe have been converted to diesel or electric, making a trip aboard a steam train a truly memorable experience. A ride aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad takes travelers into the heart of the San Juan Mountains on the longest narrow-gauge steam railroad in the United States. Traveling on the steam-powered Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad presents some of the most inspiring scenes in Colorado as the train travels between two historic mining towns through Animas River Canyon. The Essex Steam Train follows a route through rural New England, journeying through the heart of the Connecticut River Valley. The Summerville Steam Special showcases the lush mountains of Southern Tennessee and Northern Georgia, whereas the Tuckasegee Steam Train weaves through the Great Smoky Mountains along the Tuckasegee River. 

A steam vacation can even take travelers through the great countries of Europe and to more exotic locations like India and Australia. Explore the iconic sights of the Scottish Highlands aboard the Jacobite Steam Train or Germany's Harz Mountains on the narrow-gauge Brocken Railroad. Watch beautiful Dutch scenery unfold aboard the Medemblik Steam Train. Marvel at the glaciers, snow-capped mountains, and vast meadows of Switzerland aboard the Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway and the Brienz Rothorn Railway. Uncover the beauty of the Himalayan Mountains on the ultra-narrow gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and travel aboard Australia's most beloved steam railway, the Puffing Billy Railway.

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Bunches of Ripe Grapes
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5.0 stars(8 reviews)
2023MaySep
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Durango & Silverton Train
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
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2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
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Edinburgh
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Mount Rushmore
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Harz Mountains & the Rhine Gorge
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Strathspey Railway
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New England in the Fall
8/Nov
X Vacations By Rail GRJ
5 stars
“We thoroughly enjoyed our tour through New England. Joe Royle, our tour guide, was very informative, accommodating and entertaining. Joe, our motor coach driver was very experienced and did an excellent job throughout the trip. We highly recommend this beautiful scenic trip especially in the fall to other travelers.
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Smoky Mountain Rail Adventure
5/Nov
CustomerBDS
5 stars
“Excellent escorted tour. Good balance between free time and scheduled activities. Tour director Joel was very good in attending to all details.
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Autumn at the Greenbrier & Historic Trains
1/Nov
JEANNINE GILBERT
5 stars
“Eric our guide was full of facts presented in an interesting way.Eric was caring and enthusiastic. We would definitely sign up on another trip with him. My husband and I had walked through the memorials two days before yet still learned more on our guided tour. We liked the variety of trains,each different. The Potomac Eagle was our favorite.The dining experience was wonderful. The train, we did not enjoy, was the Cass was the one train we didn’t like.It was open air and unfortunately, the weather was awful, cold and light snow. Very uncomfortable. The Hobo lunch was unappetizing,with stale buns.The historic steam engine was what we liked about it..This was our first time in West Virginia, the scenery was beautiful and the history interesting.We liked the way Eric recommended restaurants in walking distance for each evening, The Greenbrier Inn was was very interesting in a beautiful location. We enjoyed learning about the history and seeing all the extravagant chandeliers. The formal dining was fun and a chance to get to know new friends better. Rick our driver was skilled and personable. The whole experience was a 5.
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New England Autumn Foliage Express
30/Oct
FRANCIS BANASZEWSKI
5 stars
“Great Adventure to the northeast USA
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California's Redwoods, Rails & Wineries
11/Oct
DONNA OLEARCZYK
5 stars
“We enjoyed our vacation and itinerary.
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First Class Colorado Rail Adventure featuring Rocky Mountaineer
5/Oct
ALFRED
5 stars
“Great time
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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
14/Nov
Terry Smith
4 stars
“Scotland is a magical country with so much history. I completely enjoyed two of our guest speakers, but the speaker in Ft William was just awful. The Glenspean Lodge was outstanding, with excellent service and spectacular food in a quaint surrounding. Colin kept us well-informed of upcoming schedules, and each day was filled with the sights and sounds of Scotland. Only one day ran terribly late with multiple ferry rides. If only Great Rails could control the weather in November. I would recommend this trip.
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Colorado Rail Experience
5/Nov
JOANNE VIESSELMANN
4 stars
“Throughly enjoyed the adventure.
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Fall Colors, Scenic Trains & Martha's Vineyard
27/Oct
DIANNE WILSON
4 stars
“Fall color at its peak. Beautiful.
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