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.
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 Germanys most authentic and popular Christmas markets. Compare Munichs market with Nurembergs famous Christkindlmarkt, Bambergs 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.
22nd March 2018 (5 days) Double Somerset Steam Galas & South Devon Steam
Here's a double steam whammy to get the 2018 steam calendar up and running! Not one but two steam events over the same weekend, as we enjoy a day at both the West Somerset Railway and East Somerset Railway steam galas. That's not all though, as we break the steam gala action with a trip along the Dawlish sea wall to Devon to celebrate the opening weekend of the South Devon Railway and the coastal magic of the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway.
29th March 2018 (5 days) Kent & Sussex Easter Steam Explorer Fare £595
We stay beside the River Medway in the historic county town of Maidstone on this fascinating Easter break featuring six famous steam lines, a historic dockyard steam festival - plus a taste of Kent with a real ale Brewer's Supper.
4th April 2018 (10 days) Dresden Steam Fest & Saxon Narrow Gauge Steam
Celebrate the best of German steam at Dresden Steam Festival plus 4 amazing mainline steam journeys, 2 private charters at Saxon Narrow gauge lines, and experience 3 of the other famous Saxon narrow gauge steam lines. Add to that a paddle steamer cruise on the Elbe and a night in Colditz Castle.
25th April 2018 (8 days) Dampfspektakel Trier 2018 & Much More 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) Dampfspektakel 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.
25th June 2018 (8 days) The Roses Clash Steam Thrash Fare £895
At the end of June the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway celebrates its 50th anniversary with a once-in-a-generation week of festivities of steam and diesel, with locos of all sizes, plus a recreation of the line's inaugural running in 1967. We thought we would celebrate with our own 'battle of the roses' tour, picking off Yorkshire and Lancashire steam and heritage railways from our base at an iconic railway hotel. With Railtrail opening the batting you are sure to come up smelling of roses!
14th July 2018 (8 days) Switzerland's Steam-powered Six Fare £1699
Cruise across three Swiss lakes the nostalgic way by paddle-steamer and experience three exhilarating steam train excursions in the Swiss mountains all on one tour based in Lake Lucerne's lovely Hergiswil. Also featuring the Pilatus Cogwheel Railway and a family-run 4* hotel by the lake.
29th June 2018 (11 days) Northern Germany & Baltic Coast Steam Fare TBA
Enjoy a superb summer steam tour as we meander across Northern Germany on a sojourn of discovery to enjoy the very best of the steam railways from town, countryside to seaside!
We feature an amazing variety of steam lines, a plethora of differing gauges, locomotives, and rolling stock. It is achieved in a relaxing style enabling everyone to unwind and enjoy themselves on a magnificent holiday.
Initially travelling from London to Osnabrück to experience two fabulous heritage steam lines new to Railtrail, the Hasetalbahn from Haselünne to Löningen, and the 20 Kms long standard gauge Rinteln-Stadthagen. Then we have a private steam charter at the ever friendly Mühlenstroth narrow gauge line en-route to Rostock where we are based for 4 nights to enjoy the amazing Molli complete with street running and over to Rüegen Island to enjoy the delightful Rasender Roland. By popular request we have also included a private vintage tram charter of Rostock with ample time to then enjoy the rest of their tram system. From Rostock its off to Hamburg to view the biggest model railway in the world Miniatur Wunderland, great steam on the Angelner Dampfeisenbahn and concluding this magnificent holiday with a mainline steam run from Minden.
This tour is always popular and we anticipate it being even more so with the inclusion of some lines not previously visited by Railtrail.
30th August 2018 (5 days) Meiningen Steam Festival & More Fare TBA
We have received confirmation that Meiningen Railway Works, the only traditional steam railway works in Europe, will once again be holding an annual festival next year.
We are in the process of creating a 5 day tour combining mainline steam haulage to Meiningen to visit the festival along with including other heritage steam lines close to the tour base.
Once again to be sure of having first chance to secure your place on the tour we are inviting expressions of interest with no financial commitment.
Approx 8 September 2018 (12 days) Slovakia Steam Fare TBA
Featuring Budapest, certain journeys on the Continental Pullman Express, Kismaros narrow gauge steam, Cierny Balog narrow gauge steam, steam from Banska Bystrica to Zilina behind Stoker 556.036, Martin Railway Museum, Zilina to Trstena behind steam loco 475.196, Vihilovka narrow gauge steam and diesel, Bratislava Railway Museum & heritage tram ride.
Overseas fares are ex London. Flexible Tour
Joining arrangements available, including Own