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Special Excursion Schedule

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

   Special event excursions include steam or diesel-powered rail excursion lasting between six, and six and one-half hours, upscale buffet meal, on board and special entertainment.
   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.

Wednesday, May 31 - School Special to Big Valley (Diesel)              (S)
First of two trips developed specially for school classes. The price is
right for students, teachers, and family adult supervisors. Includes
lesson plan, lunch, and guided tours of historic sights in Big Valley.

Departs Stettler     10:30 a.m.         Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

Thursday, June 1 - School Special to Big Valley (Diesel)                    (S)
Special pricing makes this trip an attractive year-end outing. See and
experience pioneer railway travel and learn about how the West was
settled by the railways. Includes lesson plan, lunch, and guided tours
of historic sights in Big Valley.

Departs Stettler     10:30 a.m.         Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

RAILS & TALES CANADA 150
Wed., June 28 – Double Header Steam    (No. 41 & No. 1392)  (R&T#1)

The first of a series of special events marking Canada’s 150th year. Two
steam locomotive operating in tandem and two steam crews at the controls.
A very rare sight in the vintage train community and something not to be
missed. Includes entertainment, train robbery, and buffet style Alberta
roast of beef meal at Big Valley.

Departs Stettler      4:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:00 p.m.

RAILS & TALES CANADA 150                                                                     
    
Thurs., June 29 – Steam Special Luncheon   (No. 41)                  (R&T#3)
Both steam locomotives will be in the yard in Stettler and available for
public viewing and pictures. Steam locomotive APST No. 41 will pull the
train to Big Valley and return. Trip includes train robbery, and buffet style
luncheon featuring chef’s special potato salad, sliced beef, turkey, and ham
plus time to do touring around former railway town.
Departs Stettler   10:00 a.m.          Returns Stettler      3:00 p.m.

RAILS & TALES CANADA 150
Thurs., June 29 – Steam Special Supper      (No. 1392)               (R&T#3)

Both steam locomotives will be in the yard in Stettler and available for
public viewing and pictures. Steam locomotive ARM No. 1392 will pull
the train to Big Valley and return. Trip includes entertainment, train
robbery, motor car rides, and buffet style supper featuring Alberta
roast of beef plus time to do touring around former railway town.
Departs Stettler      5:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler      9:30 p.m.

 

RAILS & TALES CANADA 150
Fri., June 30 – Static Display Stettler Yard                    (Free of Charge)

This is a great opportunity to watch and get pictures of mechanical
and train crews preparing steam locomotives No. 41 and No. 1392 for
the afternoon trip to Big Valley.

Stettler siding      11:00 a.m.          Display closes          3:00 p.m.

 

RAILS & TALES CANADA 150
Fri., June 30 – Double Header Steak Supper (41 & 1392)          (R&T#4)

Steam locomotives, APST No. 41 and ARM No. 1392, will pull the train
to and from Big Valley. Be sure to visit the first day of the Canada 150
steam show while you are in town. Trip includes entertainment, train
robbery, and barbequed steak buffet style evening meal
.
Departs Stettler      4:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

RAILS & TALES CANADA 150                                                                      
Sat., July 1 – Champagne Breakfast Double Header (41 & 1392) (R&T#2)

Steam locomotives, APST No. 41 and ARM No. 1392, will pull the train
to and from Big Valley. You will be treated to champagne and orange
juice on route and full buffet style pancake breakfast at Big Valley.
Both steamers will be decked out to mark the July 1 Canada Day 150
celebration. ADULTS ONLY PLEASE.

Departs Stettler      7:00 a.m.         Returns Stettler     12:00 p.m.

 

RAILS & TALES CANADA 150
Sat., July 1 – Canada Day Special #1 (ARM No. 1392)             (R&T#1)

You will be pulled by two difference steam locomotives on the same
day. ARM No. 1392 will pull your train to Big Valley and APST No. 41
will pull you back.  Trip includes Canada 150 steam show and Canada
Day ceremonies at Big Valley, buffet style Alberta roast beef meal,
and train robbery.

Departs Stettler      3:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:30 p.m.
             Sponsored by Panda Flowers – (403)742-2725 – Stettler, AB

 

RAILS & TALES CANADA 150
Sat., July 1 – Canada Day Special #2 (APST No. 41)                 (R&T#1)

You will be pulled by two difference steam locomotives on the same
day. APST No. 41 will pull your train to Big Valley and ARM No. 1392  
will pull you back.  Trip includes Canada 150 steam show and Canada
Day ceremonies at Big Valley, buffet style Alberta roast beef meal,
and train robbery.

Departs Stettler      3:15 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:55 p.m.
             Sponsored by Panda Flowers – (403)742-2725 – Stettler, AB

 

RAILS & TALES CANADA 150
Sun., July 2 – Multi-Stop Double Header (No. 41 & No. 1392) 
(R&T#1)

Passengers will have the opportunity to disembark from the train during
stops at Warden, Fenn, robbery site, and Big Valley for photos and an
outside look at the train on route. Trip includes visit to the Canada 150
steam show, train robbery, and buffet style roast turkey meal at Big Valley.

Departs Stettler      2:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:30 p.m.

RAILS & TALES CANADA 150                                                                       
Mon., July 3 – Double Header Luncheon Special (41 & No. 1392) (R&T#2)

Passengers will be treated to a leisurely morning travelling along historic
Canadian Northern Midland route Stettler to Big Valley and return. The
stop in Big Valley includes photo opportunities, a bag luncheon, visits
to the Canada 150 steam show, station depot, roundhouse and elevator
interpretive centers and museums in this community of 350.

Departs Stettler      9:00 a.m.         Returns Stettler       2:00 p.m.

 

RAILS & TALES CANADA 150
Mon., July 3 – Double Header Prime Rib Special (41 & 1392)  (R&T#4)

What better way to top off your round trip double header steam train trip to
Big Valley and return than with a buffet style Prime Ribs of Beef supper
complete with wine at Big Valley. Train robbery plus visit to last day of
Canada 150 steam show, photo opportunities, and motor car rides tops
things off.

Departs Stettler      4:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

 

RAILS & TALES CANADA 150
Tue., July 4 – Passenger & Freight Meets (Alternating steam) (R&T#2)

One of either APST No. 41 or ARM No. 1392 will pull the passenger consist
heading south. Somewhere on route the passenger train meets and passes
a freight train being pulled by the second steam locomotive coming north.
After an exchange of whistles each of the locomotives is uncouple from
their train and exchanges position. Guest will be treated to the rare experience
of riding a vintage train pulled by two different steam locomotives on the same
day and photographing a meet between steam-powered freight and passenger
trains. Each passenger will receive a meal service voucher good at any one of
a number of participating Stettler restaurants.
Train #1 Departs Stettler  2:00 p.m.   Returns Stettler  3:30 p.m.
Train #2 Departs Stettler  4:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler  6:00 p.m.

Train #3 Departs Stettler  7:00 p.m.   Returns Stettler  8:30 p.m.

RAILS & TALES CANADA 150                                                                        
Wed., July 5 – Static Display Stettler Yard                     (Free of Charge)

This is the last day of Rails and Tales Canada 150. Crews will be busy
preparing ARM 1392 for its trip back to the museum. Visitors will
experience steam locomotive boiler blow downs, whistling off, ringing
of a steam-assisted locomotive bell and the servicing of these interest
modes of power from a time long past. Both steam locomotives will be
available for viewing.

Stettler siding          2:00 p.m.         Display closes          5:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 22 - Barbecued Ribs Dinner (41 Steam)                      (B)
Travel back in time to the Village of Big Valley and see small town Alberta
as it once was. A visit to roundhouse interpretive centre and fully restored
railway station a must see during stop. Includes on board entertainment
and buffet-style barbecued ribs, cold slaw, beans and baked potato meal 
at Big Valley. Complementary beer and entertainment with your meal.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:55 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 5 - Newfoundlander Special (No. 41 Steam)              (D)
Enjoy a little bit of "The Rock" right here in Alberta and feast on
steak and lobster. Included are guaranteed train robbery, on board
entertainment and Down-East entertainment at supper. And what would a
Newfoundlander Special be without complementary "East Coast" beer
and blue berry wine with the meal.
And as an added bonus,  Ever wonder 
who these people are who call themselves M้tis? This is your chance
to visit a hivernant, meet the people of the plains in their colourful
sashes and Hudson's Bay coats, and see their handicrafts.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.       Returns Stettler       7:55 p.m.
  Sponsored by Richard’s Insurance Services – (403)742-8321 – Stettler, AB

Saturday, Aug. 26 - Steak Barbecue Special (No. 41 Steam)           (B)    
Join us for one of this year's highlight events. Pull on your boots and
cowboy hat and dine on barbecued steak, chuck wagon beans, baked
potatoes, and tossed green salad. Complementary beer with supper.
Entertainment on train and at the barbecue. Guaranteed train robbery.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.       Returns Stettler       7:55 p.m.
    Sponsored by Johnson Connor Agencies – (403)742-2392 – Stettler, AB

Sunday, Sept. 10 - Adults Only Senior's Special (No. 41 Steam)     (G)    
No children please! Just for those who want to ride the train without the
bustle and excitement of 17 and under children. This trip offers all the
extras normally found on "County Dinner" excursions including

buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal
, time for sight-seeing in Big Valley,
on board entertainment, and train robbery.

Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.
             Sponsored by Stettler Dodge - (403)742-3000 – Stettler, AB

Saturday, Oct 7 - Dancing Good Time to Big Valley (Diesel)         (B)    
Dance to live big band swing music from the 1920, 1930 and 1940. Includes
up-scale buffet-style meal featuring stuffed pork loin served on glassware,
wine with meal, guaranteed robbery, and on board entertainment. Seating
limited so book early.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:25 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14 - Harvest Pumpkin Fest (Diesel)                        (P)      
In keeping with the season, guests are invited to join us on one of four
special experiences. Includes selecting very own pumpkin from our
patch, hot chocolate and cookies, family friendly activities, and
much more.
#1  
Departs Stettler    10:00 a.m.    Returns Stettler    12:15 p.m.
#2   Departs Stettler    11:05 a.m.    Returns Stettler     1:45 p.m.
#3   Departs Stettler    12:35 p.m.    Returns Stettler     3:15 p.m.
#4   Departs Stettler      2:05 p.m.    Returns Stettler     4:45 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.

PUBLIC TIME TABLES
Alberta Prairie reserves the right to substitute excursions to destinations other than those shown in this schedule and to use alternative motive of power in case of mechanical failure.

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 Prime Rib of Beef, Grilled Fillet of Halibut, or Cornish Game Hen served on a bed of Wild rice.


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