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 25 September 2017 

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.

22nd March 2018 (5 days) Double Somerset Steam Galas & South Devon Steam       

Fare £599


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

Fare £1895


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.

10th January 2018 (5 days)     Harz Winter Steam Enthusiats Festival            Fare TBA


For a number of years we have operated, in conjunction with the Friends of the HSB, an enthusiasts tour of the Harz Mountains Railway with a series of private charter trains using locomotives not normally in the scheduled service.


We are now taking Expressions of Interest for the 2018 departure which will be earlier than usual departing on Wednesday January 10th 2018 returning on Monday January 15th

Whilst an expression of interest does not commit you to booking it does ensure that you will be given first opportunity to book when the tour is launched.



Please click here for you Expression of Interest

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


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