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Feature Excursion Schedule

All trains depart and return to Stettler, Alberta
(Updated: Sunday February 26, 2017)

   These trips are a variation on a "Country Dinner" which are the most frequent and popular excursions we offer. Includes steam or diesel-powered rail excursion lasting between five to five and one-half hours, full course buffet meal at destination, entertainment, sightseeing & maybe even a train robbery. These trips are great for children and families.
   The destination for Alberta Prairie excursions is Big Valley. This community was the divisional point for the Canadian Northern Railway in the early 1900s. Feature attractions include restored railway station, roundhouse interpretive centre, St. Edmund Church and Jimmy Jock Boardwalk.

                                  PUBLIC TIMETABLES
Alberta Prairie reserves the right to substitute trips to different destinations and to use alternative locomotives in cases of mechanical failure. Although train robbers are scheduled on all (A) excursion with meals, they are only guaranteed on (B) special event and (C) APST Limited excursions. Inclusions on all excursions are subject to change without notice, discount, or refund should circumstances arise which would prevent the delivery of such things as train robberies.

Please note all excursion have seats available unless marked SOLD OUT. Even then we recommend calling the reservation desk at 1-800-282-3994 to be added to the wait list for seats that may be freed up.

Saturday, May 13 - Season Opener to Big Valley  (Diesel)               (A)
The excitement begins with the first excursion of 2017. Please be warned
the Reynolds Raiders are likely pretty hungry after six months of ice,
cold, and no trains to rob. Includes on board entertainment and buffet -style
Alberta roast beef meal.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.          Returns Stettler      7:25 p.m.
       Sponsored by ATB FINANCIAL – Ph. (403)742-4466 – Stettler, AB

Sunday, June 18 - Father’s Day Special to Big Valley (Diesel)          (A)    
Treat Dad to a day out with the family. Includes entertainment and free hats
for every Dad travelling with family. This trip is Alberta Prairie’s annual
benefit in support of rail preservation. Includes buffet-style Alberta roast
beef meal.

Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

Saturday, July 15 - Live Steam & Vintage Car Show (41 Steam)       (A)           
You will feel the heat and smell the coal burning as model steam engine
enthusiasts come together to display their fascinating creations. Working
early gasoline pump engines, antique machinery and vehicles, and one
of a kind creations also featured. Includes buffet-style
Alberta roast
beef meal
and all the extras offered on most Country Dinner excursions
and more.
Departs Stettler      2:30 p.m.        Returns Stettler       7:55 p.m.
Sponsored by Brennan Auto Body Repair Ltd – (403)742-3555 – Stettler, AB

Sunday, July 16 - Live Steam & Vintage Car Show (41 Steam)          (A)          
Second day of annual Live Steam Show and a great opportunity to see
working live steam models, pump engines, and antiques up close and
operating. Includes entertainment and buffet-style meal featuring
a
chef’s special potato salad, sliced turkey, ham and beef
.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       4:25 p.m.

Fri.., Aug. 4 - Old-Time Family Picnic Special (No. 41 Steam)           (A)
Bring Grandma, Grandpa & kids and enjoy old fashioned family picnic,
and what would a picnic be without oven-fried chicken and potato salad.
Games for the children and entertainment for the adults are featured.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.       Returns Stettler       7:55 p.m.
     Sponsored by Reinbold Petroleum Ltd. – (403)742-2647 – Stettler, AB

Mon., Aug. 7 - Rail Fans Special to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam)        (A)        
This is Alberta Prairie's annual event showcasing railway equipment and
locomotives. Highlight will be a photo roll-by featuring steam-locomotive
No. 41 and visit to historic railway town. Locomotives and other rail
equipment on display and open to public. This trip is really a "Country
Dinner" with an added feature. Locomotive No. 41 will pull train to Big
Valley and back to Stettler. Includes
buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.      Returns Stettler       5:10 p.m.
  Sponsored by Prairie Junction R.V. Resort – (403)742-8855 – Stettler, AB

Saturday, Aug. 19 - Free-mo Trains Special (Diesel)                        (A)              
Each year modellers create and operate one of the largest model train
layouts of its type in North America.
Participants arrange modules, hooked
them all up, level the entire thing to create around 350 feet worth of
bench work covering almost the entire surface of the Big Valley arena! Trip
includes visit to the show organized by the Calgary Free-mo group,
entertainment, and buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal.
 
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:55 p.m.
       Sponsored by Passionate Paws Ltd – (403) 742-8227 – Stettler, AB

Sunday, Aug. 20 - Free-mo Trains Special (Diesel)                          (A)               
This is the second day of 14th annual Free-mo trains show organized by
the Calgary Free-mo group which was, in 2007,  the largest of its type in
North America and 2017 may well be another record breaker.
 Each year
modellers create and operate
more than 350 feet of  bench work covering
almost the entire surface of the Big Valley arena. Includes on-board
entertainment, and
buffet-style meal featuring a chef’s special potato
salad, sliced turkey, ham and beef
.
Departs Stettler    11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler        4:25 p.m.
         Sponsored by J.T. Auto Body Ltd. – (403)742-2869 – Stettler, AB

Sunday, Aug 27 - Highland Special to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam)    (A)
Red Deer Legion Pipe Band will perform in Stettler and again in Big Valley.
Includes
buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal plus all the extras offered on
most Country Dinner excursions.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       4:25 p.m.
             Sponsored by C R Glass Ltd – (403)742-2520 – Stettler, AB

Sat., Sept. 23 - Fall Supper Special to Big Valley (Diesel)               (A)       
Join us for one of our best excursions of the year and dine on traditional
community fall supper. Outstanding buffet-style meal features roast
turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, garden fresh buttered carrots,
salads, and dessert. Watch out for the bandits!
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 29 - Fall Colours Special to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam)   (A)       
This is a once a year opportunity. Depending on the year spectacular
colours can be seen all along the tracks in the fall. Usually the brush,
trees, grasses and fields have turned to bright gold, orange and reds,
and are wonderful to see up close and away from the highways.
Includes buffet-style
Alberta roast beef meal and on board entertainment.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 30 - End of Steam Special to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam)(A)      
This is your last chance in 2017 to ride the train behind steam-locomotive
No. 41. Come and join us for
buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal, on board
entertainment and a fireworks display on both sides of the train during
the return journey.
Departs Stettler       3:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:05 p.m.

 

Menu Options
Because of the nature of what it is we offer Alberta Prairie Railway is not able to provide alternative menu choices. Over the years what we have found is that guests find the buffet more than amble with lots of choices. In special circumstances, and as an alternative to the meat dish offered, guests can request a high-quality vegetable burger by pre-ordering at time of booking.

RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED
Reservations can be arranged by phone using MasterCard or VISA. Although we can usually accommodate passengers without reservations, we do sell out and a reservation guarantees seating.

THE POLAR EXPRESS CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
THE POLAR EXPRESS train cancellations will be accepted up until departure. No refunds will be made once the train has left the station. The Polar Express cancellations will receive a 50 percent refund of all monies paid up until the date and time of departure and the return of unused tickets. There will be no refunds after the fact.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
With the exception of THE POLAR EXPRESS trains cancellations will be accepted up until 24 hours prior to departure. No refunds will be made with less than 24 hours notice. Cancellations received less than seven (7) days prior will be issued a voucher of equal value for a future trip. With less than five (5) days notice, it may not be possible to seat passengers with their group. Please try to reserve the required number of seats with original booking.

RECOMMENDED TRAVEL TIMES
A leisurely drive from Calgary will take approximately three hours and, from Edmonton, two and one-half hours.

ALBERTA PRAIRIE COUNTRY DINNERS
Dinners are buffet style, served at the hall in community named and are prepared by the people of that community. Meals usually include Alberta beef, potato, roll, salad, vegetables and dessert.

FINE RAILWAY DINING (Winter Excursions only)
Dinners include a five-course meal with a choice of three different entrees, wine and entertainment.


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