Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions
A Major Alberta Attraction - Great For The Whole Family
"Murder Mystery" (D) Excursions
Murder mysteries are designated
diesel-powered excursions and involve a unique form of theatre where the
audience takes part in the action. The vintage locomotive used is close to 40
years old and was one of the first diesels in service.
Alberta Prairie is delighted to have the outstanding
Calgary theatre company Shadow Productions produce and present "Murder
Mysteries" for us.
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 operating crew.
- 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. A
company of professional actors are hired to present the
performance. As we pull out of Stettler, the actors begin to introduce
themselves and set up a scenario. The first task
for passengers is to identify
just who are the actors and who are the passengers like themselves.
- 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
3:55 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 and the
continuation of the mystery.
Again the actors are mixed in among the passengers. At some point on the
train trip, the walk over to the hall or during supper someone is killed
mysteriously. A visiting detective who just happens to be in the building takes charge and
offers assistance to
the passengers in their quest to solve the mystery. Each passenger has a ballot
and at the end of the evening these ballots are collected and those with the
correct answer have a chance to win prizes.
- Menu usually consists of a full home cooked country meal
including roast hip of beef, vegetables, salads,
baked potatoes, dinner rolls,
dessert and beverages.
- Following supper and the conclusion of the mystery, 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 approximately one hour 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
7:00 p.m. - Depart Big Valley bound for Stettler
- On-board public address system keeps passengers abreast of
features along route, history of the area and things to
see and do at
8:25 p.m. - Train arrives at Stettler station