Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions
A Major Alberta Attraction - Great For The Whole Family
"Country Dinner" (A) Excursion
The following is a outline of what
passengers usually experience during these typical diesel and
steam-powered regular scheduled excursions.
Please be assured that all aspects of the trip will be
carefully supervised and will be of the highest standard possible.
p.m. - Passengers arrive and train available for boarding
2:30 p.m. - Train departs Stettler station
- Passengers will be served by a full complement of Alberta
Prairie hosts, hostesses and train
- Typically the train features two concession and souvenir
areas, open air observation car,
children's play area, two beverage service
areas, a special coach designated and decorated as
the Lone Star Saloon. This
special Saloon coach usually, but not always, features continuous
- On-board public address system keeps passengers abreast of
features along route, history of
the area and things to see and do at
- Gabriel Dumont, Métis buffalo hunter and hero of the
Riel Rebellion will move about the train greeting and meeting passengers.
- During your journey, we pass through some of the best farm
lands in Alberta rich with various kinds of animals, birds and plant life.
Sightings of deer and coyotes are common.
- On route points of interest include the Fenn-Big Valley
oilfields, Fenn General Store, Warden Jct. rail yards and locomotive shelter,
and Caprona siding.
- Passengers will be encouraged to wander, visit and
re-discover the sights, sounds and smells of turn-of-the-century train travel.
- Somewhere on route the train may be stopped by the
notorious Reynolds Raiders. This group of heavily armed horsemen have a habit
of robbing trains, extracting loose change from passengers and taking hostages.
It is Gabriel Dumont's job to try and protect Alberta Prairie's patrons.
- Musician/singers will move about the train entertaining and
Gabriel Dumont, if requested, will tell the story of the buffalo hunt and the
4:05 p.m. - Train arrives at Big Valley
- Passengers are met by the good people of Big Valley and are
directed to community hall for supper.
- Menu usually consists of a full home cooked buffet style country meal
including one of roast Alberta beef, baked leg of ham, roast turkey or sliced
meats and potato salad. Other buffet items may include vegetables, salads, baked,
boiled or mashed potatoes, dinner rolls,
dessert and beverages.
- Before, during and after supper passengers are encouraged
to explore Big Valley and visit its many interesting attractions.
- During your stop at this typical rural Alberta town,
passengers will have a chance to visit a fully restored 1912 Canadian Northern
Railway station which also doubles as the community's museum, historic St.
Edmund's church (the blue church on the hill), Jimmy Jock Boardwalk (an old time
Western town within a town) the railway roundhouse interpretive centre and
wander through this community's shops and stores as they meet the people of Big
6:00 p.m. - Depart Big Valley bound for Stettler
- Entertainment in the coaches and in the Lone Star Saloon
continues as passengers relax and enjoy evening among the beautiful rolling
hills of this part of Alberta.
7:25 p.m. - Train arrives at Stettler station