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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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Allegheny Front in West Virginia
4.0 stars(6 reviews)
2021Oct
2022Oct
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Durango & Silverton Train
4.6 stars(114 reviews)
2021JunJulAugSepOct
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
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5.0 stars(5 reviews)
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Kancamagus Highway
4.1 stars(20 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022SepOct
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Garden of the Gods
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2021Sep
2022Sep
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Mount Rushmore
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2021JunJulAug
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Vermont Early Autumn Rural Scene
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Inverary Castle
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Wine Train In Napa Valley
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2022MaySep
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Armadale Castle
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2021JunSep
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
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Edinburgh
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2021Sep
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Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands
14 Oct 2019
LORRAINE
5 stars
“Tour was very well run, organized, and included a variety of daily activities, including free time. The tour leader was so experienced, had a wealth of information. Was courteous and patient and seemed to be enjoying himself along with us. I highly recommend traveling with Vacations by Rail.
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Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands, & Yellowstone
30 Aug 2019
TERESA
5 stars
“Booking the trip was easy and fast with Ryan's assistance. The trip itself was wonderfully organized, with Joan our Tour Director keeping us well informed throughout the trip. Hotels were great, food was delicious, and Dale our bus driver was wonderful. I'd do this tour again. The step-on guides for Yellowstone and the Black Hills added a lot of great information. The only change I would make would be to take a bedroom instead of a roomette if traveling with two people. The roomette was good during the day but extremely cozy at night.
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Colorado Rail Experience
26 Apr 2019
Frances, E., The Villages, FL
5 stars
“Everything was 5-Star from arrival until departure. Sheryl is as good as they come, as well as our bus driver, James. The tour was breath-taking, fun, memorable and moving. America is truly BEAUTIFUL! Thanks, again to everyone who put this remarkable tour together!
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New England Autumn Foliage Express
28 Dec 2018
Ken M, Greenville, WI
5 stars
“It was more than we ever expected. We felt like VIPs. With one of us on crutches, the assistance was over and above anything we expected. Would recommend this type of vacation to everyone
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Fall Colors, Scenic Trains & Martha's Vineyard
17 Dec 2018
Janice P., Graham, TX
4 stars
“Overall, a good experience for our first time. Met new friends and saw beautiful foliage. Really enjoyed the trip.
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Autumn at the Greenbrier & Historic Trains
25 Oct 2018
Judith B., Monona, WI
4 stars
“Nice group of people and good things to see.
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First Class Heritage Rail of Colorado
19 Dec 2017
David B, Scottsdale, AZ
4 stars
“The locations were beautiful and fun, the tour manager was great as was the driver
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