Steam Enthusiast Tour Calendar


Our unique programme of steam tours are now open for booking plus a small series of Steam, Rail & Ale tours to whet your appetite.

A super series of UK steam tours offer wonderful extended weekends in a sociable environment with like-minded friends at great value fares.

For the continent a whole series of brand new tours give a fresh new look  to our ever popular steam destinations in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and France.

We Look forward to the pleasure of your company soon, and perhaps raising a glass to Railtrail - Refreshing the parts that other tour operators do not reach.



Last updated 17 July 2017 

16 Aug & 13 Sept (8 days)   Swiss Mountain Steam    Fare £1599


Switzerland and steam trains - a delightful combination as we take you to the heart of this beautiful country to experience some amazing mountain rail journeys and glorious lake steamer cruises.



30th August (6 days) Black Forest Steam & Meiningen Steam Festival  Fare £1299


A holiday with wonderful steam trains of southern Germany's tourist resorts with steam excursions, private steam photo charter, superb heritage steam lines plus riding and photographing the fabulous Sauschwänzlebahn, topped off with a steam and heritage electric special to the unique Meiningen railway works steam festival. Two fabulous steam lines – the Zollernbahn with its 37 tunnels and the Sauschwänzlebahn known as ‘the pigtail’. Add to this a private steam photo charter, steam on the Murgtalbahn and a steam festival in Baiersbronn and its beautiful Black Forest Steam with a Meiningen twist.

31 August      (5 days)      Norfolk Steam Explorer         Fare £459


A superb variety of steam, from garden railways to a steam gala, as we visit 6 steam venues and journey through spectacular scenery on this amazing short break based in medieval Norwich.

4 September (9 days)     Saxony Seven Steam & Rail Explorer     Fare £1395


We have been taking steam enthusiasts to Saxony for many years to discover some of Germany's best narrow-gauge railways, but here is a tour with broader appeal, featuring funicular railways, steam lines, trams and river steam boats, plus Meissen porcelain, castles, gardens, the beautiful city of Dresden and the enthralling landscape of Saxon Switzerland. Introducing the Magnificent Seven!

21 September      (5 days)  Belgian Steam, Rail and Ale Trail      Fare £699


An action-packed Belgian tour featuring a day at the 3 Valleys Steam Festival and much more - Train World Brussels, vintage trams, UNESCO World Heritage canal boat lifts and visits to three Belgian breweries!


5 October    (5 days)    Yorkshire Dales Steam, Rail & Ale Trail    Fare £445


Enjoy a day at the Keighley & Worth Valley Autumn Steam Gala and two other great Yorkshire heritage railways, plus a visit to York and two fabulous breweries. Don't be bitter - hop on!


12 October    (5 days)     Swanage Gala & IOW Steam Beer & Buses  Fare £495


Last October Dave disappeared down to the Isle of Wight for the weekend and returned to Leek with this beauty! Imagine a weekend of 'Classic Buses & Beer', with 60 vintage buses shuttling between 62 real ale pubs on the island, plus Isle of Wight Steam, the Swanage Steam Gala in delightful Dorset, and tour and tasting at the Ringwood Brewery. We hope this tour is as appealing to you as it is to us!


18th October (6 days)  Golden Harz Steam Festival        Fare £999


With the Harz Mountains bathed in golden autumn hues we ride our photographic steam charter trains using historic locomotives, carriages and wagons, on this annual tour based in beautiful Wernigerode, Join us once again on an immensely enjoyable Heritage Steam visit to the Harz Mountains Railway at this glorious time of year, organised in conjunction with ourselves and the Friends of HSB.

19th October (5 days)        Scottish Steam Rail & Ale Trail       Fare £545


Build up a head of steam, uncovering Scotland's heritage from a different angle. Enjoy a day at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Steam Gala, soar above the canals by boat on the remarkable Falkirk Wheel and steam through the Highlands on the Strathspey Railway on a tour that also features the best of Scottish brewing.


29th November (7 days)             Dresden Festive Steam           Fare £1199


A stunning winter wonderland tour to the beautiful city of Dresden, combining great steam trains, scenic journeys, enchanting countryside and magical festive markets in wonderful traditional towns.  This tour will delight the enthusiast of steam trains with its featured locos and variety of lines, and is a must for partners who enjoy the nostalgia of steam and the opportunity to visit some of the finest rural scenery and towns in Saxony and beyond – crowned with traditional carved wood decorations and Christmas stalls that feature locally-made, hand-crafted, quality products. A totally unique and magical festive tour.


8th December (7 days)  Bavarian & Harz Mountains Festive Steam    Fare  £1195


A brand new tour to two of our favourite destinations, featuring the Christmas Markets and steam railways in both northern and southern Germany. Steam through "Franconian Switzerland", around Munich, through the wintry Selketal Valley and up to the peak of the Brocken, whilst enjoying Christmas Markets in Nuremberg, Bamberg, Munich and Wernigerode.  A fabulous two-centre holiday with exhilarating excursions by steam during the day and ample time to relax at some of Germany’s most authentic and popular Christmas markets. Compare Munich’s market with Nuremberg’s famous Christkindlmarkt, Bamberg’s quaint market, nestled in its UNESCO protected centre, with the charming little market beneath Wernigerode Town Hall. Enjoy local customs and the sights, sounds and smells of advent in Germany, with half-board each day, including meals in two acclaimed brewery taverns.

28th December (6 days)     Black Forest New Year Steam & More   Fare  £1189


Enjoy a special New Year tour as we steam through glorious Black Forest scenery in its magical winter setting with New Year's Eve in beautiful Freiburg, and a relaxing New Year's Day at the French National Railway Museum, Cité du Train, just over the border at Mulhouse.

25th April 2018 (8 days)        Plandampf Trier 2018            Fare £1299


Plandampf finally returns to Trier in 2018, with a once-a-decade festival of steam and a fabulous line-up of locomotives converging on Germany's oldest city with a 4-day festival of passenger trains hauled by steam locos galore. What's more, on this extended tour we arrive at Plandampf on a steam-hauled non-public train and make a rare visit to Losheim for a private steam charter.



27th April 2018 (6 days)         Plandampf Trier 2018           Fare £999


After what seems like the longest wait, Plandampf finally returns to Trier in 2018, with a once-a-decade festival of steam and a fabulous line-up of locomotives converging on Germany's oldest city with a 4-day festival of passenger trains hauled by steam locos galore.


Overseas fares are ex London. Flexible “Tour Joining” arrangements available, including “Own flight” discounts.


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