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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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Durango & Silverton Train
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Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands
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Strathspey Railway
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Vermont Early Autumn Rural Scene
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Railways & Castles of Wales
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Colorado Rail Experience
27/Sep
JEROME WOLFF
5 stars
“Tour leader (Anne Brown and bus driver (Adrian) were a fantastic team. The tour was great, well thought out, and progressed flawlessly. Overall, an excellent experience.
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First Class Colorado Rail Adventure featuring Rocky Mountaineer
26/Sep
LAWRENCE CAMPANALE
5 stars
“Great first class rail experience.
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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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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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Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands, & Yellowstone
23/Sep
LINDA LARSON MITCHELL
4 stars
“The tour guide was very professional and handled everything well. I did not enjoy the sleeper car on Amtrak and would not do that again. The raft float on the Snake River was wonderful and the views of the Tetons also. Mid trip I came down with Covid so I had to leave the tour unfortunately.
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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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