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2012 Schedule
All trains depart and return to Stettler, Alberta
(Updated: Monday February 13, 2012)

Alberta Prairie is NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS for the 2012 excursion season.  Although there still may be a few minor changes it is pretty well assured that the final version of 2012 schedule will be pretty well unchanged when it goes to print in February.

   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's Church and Jimmy Jock Boardwalk. All (A) type and Family Excursion Specials are great entertainment for children and adults.

 The alphabetic characters (A) to (M) and (FD) refer to the excursion type and fare structure for that trip.

You can decide between scrolling down or jumping to a particular month:

 March

 April

 May

 June

 July

 August

 September

 October

November

 December

 January

 February

You can also decide to view all trips of a particular type:

Murder Mysteries

APST Limited Specials

Fine Dining

Teddy Bear

Locomotive 6060

 Family Specials

 Special Event Excursions

 Feature Country Dinner Excursions

                                  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 robberies 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.

Sat., February 11 - Valentines Fine Dining  (Diesel)              (FD)
Complete package includes diesel-locomotive powered train excursion
from Stettler and return, stopover at Big Valley, 5-course meal with
choice of entrees and wine with meal, plus entertainment.
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:15 p.m.
                    Sponsored by Lawlor Jewelry - Stettler

Sat., February 18 - Fine Dining to Big Valley (Diesel)             (FD)
Complete package includes diesel-locomotive powered train excursion
from Stettler and return, stopover at Big Valley, 5-course meal with
choice of entrees and wine with meal, plus entertainment.
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:15 p.m.

Saturday, May 12 - Season Opener to Big Valley  (Diesel)  (A)
The excitement begins with the first excursion of 2012. 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 full course
Alberta roast beef buffet.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.          Returns Stettler      7:25 p.m.

                            Sponsored by Big Valley Inn

Saturday, May 19 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel) (A)     
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits. Includes
buffet meal, and chance to visit Jimmy Jock Boardwalk, restored station,
rail car museum, and roundhouse and elevator interpretive centres.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.

  Sponsored by NAPA Autoparts/Woody's Automotive - Stettler

Saturday, May 26 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel)  (A)       
Don't be surprised if bandits show-up. We have been having a bunch
of trouble with the notorious
Reynolds Raiders over the last few years and
try as they may the railway police seem baffled as to how to catch them.
And yes! You should be safe while visiting Jimmy Jock Boardwalk, the
little town within a town. Includes buffet meal and entertainment.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
               Sponsored by Hulley's Hideaway - Big Valley

Tuesday, May 29 - School Special to Big Valley (Diesel)
First of two trips specially developed for school classes. The price is
right for students, teachers, and family adult supervisors. Includes
lesson plan, hamburger and hot dog lunch, and guided tours of historic
sights in Big Valley.

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

Thursday, May 31 - School Special to Big Valley (Diesel)          
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, hamburger and hot dog
lunch, and guided tours of historic sights in Big Valley.

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

Saturday, June 2 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel)  (A)
Travel back in time and see small town Alberta as it once was. A visit to
roundhouse interpretive centre and fully restored railway station a must
during stop at Big Valley. Includes on board entertainment and full
course roast beef meal at Big Valley.

Departs Stettler     11:00 a.m.         Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.
           Sponsored by Dr. R.C. Bruntjen Dentist - Stettler

Sunday, June 3 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel)        (A)
The development of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame to the south
of the Railway Car Museum
is a great addition to that community's
many attractions and well worth a visit. Spend some time looking at
the railway related artifacts in the station while you are in the area.
Trip includes Alberta roast beef buffet.

Departs Stettler     11:00 a.m.         Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.
                Sponsored by J.T. Auto Body Ltd. - Stettler

Saturday, June 9 - APST Limited to Big Valley (Steam)         (C)    

These special excursions are the top of the line for Alberta Prairie. Includes
dinner theatre performance of original musical comedy by Shadow
Productions of Calgary, up scale buffet featuring prime rib of beef served
on glassware, wine with meal, guaranteed robbery, on board entertainment.
Seating limited so book early.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:25 p.m.
                     Sponsored by Simply Rustic - Stettler

Sunday, June 10 - APST Limited to Big Valley (Steam)          (C)    
These special excursions are the top of the line for Alberta Prairie. Includes
dinner theatre performance of original musical comedy by Shadow
Productions of Calgary, up scale buffet featuring prime rib of beef served
on glassware, wine with meal, guaranteed robbery, on board entertainment.
Seating limited so book early.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:25 p.m.
Sponsored by Gitzel Krejci Dand Peterson Chartered Accountants

Saturday, June 16 - APST Limited to Big Valley (Steam)       (C)
These special excursions are the top of the line for Alberta Prairie. Includes
dinner theatre performance of original musical comedy by Shadow
Productions of Calgary, up scale buffet featuring prime rib of beef served
on glassware, wine with meal, guaranteed robbery, on board entertainment.
Seating limited so book early.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:25 p.m.
                   Sponsored by Ampko Electric – Stettler

Sunday, June 17 - Father’s Day Special to Big Valley (Steam) (A)
Treat Dad to a day out with the family. Includes entertainment and roast
beef buffet. Free hats for every Dad travelling with family. This trip is
Alberta Prairie’s annual benefit in support of rail preservation.

Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.
       Sponsored by Schwartz Home Building Centre - Stettler

Saturday, June 23 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel)    (A)             
Members of the Reynolds Raiders hide out in this part of Alberta so don't
be surprised if bandits show-up. This is your chance to meet and visit
with the people of small town Alberta, see a working grain elevator and
a fully restored pioneer church and make a stop at Jimmy Jock Boardwalk.
Includes full course buffet meal.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
              Sponsored by Acklands Grainger Inc. - Stettler

Sunday, June 24 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel)      (A)
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits. Includes
buffet meal, and chance to visit Jimmy Jock Boardwalk, restored station,
rail car museum, and roundhouse and elevator interpretive centres.

Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.
          Sponsored by Brennan Auto Body Repair - Stettler

Fri., June 29 - Teddy Bear Special to Big Valley (Diesel)     (A)
Children 10 & under accompanied by adult and teddy bear ride free.
Children are invited to join in a teddy bear promenade just before departure
on the return trip. Everyone receives a prize. Includes entertainment
specially for the kids and roast beef buffet.

Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       4:25 p.m.
                 
Sponsored by Lawlor Jewelry - Stettler
Saturday, June 30 - APST Limited to Big Valley (Steam)       (C)       
These special excursions are the top of the line for Alberta Prairie. Includes
dinner theatre performance of original musical comedy by Shadow
Productions of Calgary, up scale buffet featuring prime rib of beef served
on glassware, wine with meal, guaranteed robbery, on board entertainment.
Seating limited so book early.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:25 p.m.
                Sponsored by Don's Car Sales - Stettler

Sunday, July 1 - Canada Day Special to Big Valley (6060)    (A)
The flags will be flying and your locomotive will be dressed for the
occasion. Join us and help celebrate Canada's birthday. Includes on board
entertainment, time to do some sightseeing and take pictures, and roast
beef buffet meal.

Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       4:25 p.m.
                 Sponsored by Panda Flowers - Stettler

Thursday, July 5 - Family Special to Big Valley (Diesel)        (F)               
Clowns and children's entertainers will perform for the kids. Includes
roast beef buffet meal. Special pricing makes these trips the most
economical choice for families with children.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.
                Sponsored by Wells Furniture- Stettler
Friday, July 6 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Steam)           (A)       
Stop in historic railway town highlighted by visits to fully restored
second-class (depot) railway station that doubles as part of the
community's museum, and the remains of a fourteen stall roundhouse
that has been turned into an interpretive centre. Includes roast beef
buffet meal.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
            Sponsored by Town Pump Restaurant - Stettler

Saturday, July 7 - APST Limited to Big Valley (Steam)        (C)
These special excursions are the top of the line for Alberta Prairie. Includes
dinner theatre performance of original musical comedy by Shadow
Productions of Calgary, up scale buffet featuring prime rib of beef served
on glassware, wine with meal, guaranteed robbery, on board entertainment.
Seating limited so book early.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:25 p.m.
                    Sponsored by Dairy Queen – Stettler

Sunday, July 8 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Steam)        (A)     
Outstanding collection of hand-tools in the railway car museum cars is
one the largest and best of its kind in Alberta. Be sure to spend some
time in these coaches immediately south of the Big Valley station. Trip
includes buffet meal and entertainment.

Departs Stettler     11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.
                 Sponsored by Naturally Yours - Stettler
Thursday
, July 12 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Steam)   (A)       
Travel back in time and see small town Alberta as it once was. A visit to
roundhouse interpretive centre and fully restored railway station a must
during stop at Big Valley. Includes on board entertainment and full
course roast beef meal at Big Valley.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
                     Sponsored by Guns’N Games - Stettler

Friday, July 13 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Steam)        (A) 
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits. Includes
buffet meal, and chance to visit Jimmy Jock Boardwalk, restored station,
rail car museum, and roundhouse and elevator interpretive centres.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
               Sponsored by Savage Value Drugs - Stettler

Saturday, July 14 - APST Limited to Big Valley (Steam)      (C)
These special excursions are the top of the line for Alberta Prairie. Includes
dinner theatre performance of original musical comedy by Shadow
Productions of Calgary, up scale buffet featuring prime rib of beef served
on glassware, wine with meal, guaranteed robbery, on board entertainment.
Seating limited so book early.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:25 p.m.
              Sponsored by Bagshaw Electric Ltd. - Stettler

Sunday, July 15 -  Country Dinner to Big Valley (Steam)     (A)
Outstanding collection of hand-tools in the railway car museum cars is
one the largest and best of its kind in Alberta. Be sure to spend some
time in these coaches immediately south of the Big Valley station. Trip
includes buffet meal and entertainment.
Departs Stettler     11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.
                  Sponsored by Dynamo Electric - Stettler

Thurs., July 19 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (6060)         (A)     
Stop in historic railway town highlighted by visits to fully restored
second-class (depot) railway station that doubles as part of the
community's museum, and the remains of a fourteen stall roundhouse
that has been turned into an interpretive centre. Includes roast beef
buffet meal.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler     7:55 p.m.
                        Sponsored by Stettler Dodge Ltd.
Friday, July 20 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (6060)       
  (A)         
The development o
f the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame to the south
of the Railway Car Museum
is a great addition to that community's
many attractions and well worth a visit. Spend some time looking at
the railway related artifacts in the station while you are in the area.
Trip includes Alberta roast beef buffet.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:55 p.m.
                           Sponsored by Sobeys - Stettler

Saturday, July 21 - Live Steam Show to Big Valley (6060)   (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 roast beef buffet meal and all
the other extras offered on most Country Dinner excursions and more.
Departs Stettler      2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:25 p.m.
Sponsored by Sutton Landmark Realty – Gwen Lee/Lynn Engel

Sunday, July 22 - Live Steam Show to Big Valley (6060)     (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 Alberta roast beef buffet meal.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       4:55 p.m.
            Sponsored by Johnson Connor Agencies - Stettler

Thursday, July 26 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Steam) (A)
Visit to historic St Edmund's Church in Big Valley makes this a popular
stop. Be sure to ask how this restored pioneer church happens to be a
bright blue and where the money came from that made it possible to build
a church on hill over looking the community. Includes roast beef buffet. 

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
        Sponsored by Bond-O Communications Ltd. - Stettler

Friday, July 27 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Steam)      (A)
Don't be surprised if bandits show-up. We have been having a bunch
of trouble with the notorious
Reynolds Raiders over the last few years and
try as they may the railway police seem baffled as to how to catch them.
And yes! You should be safe while visiting Jimmy Jock Boardwalk, the
little town within a town. Includes buffet meal and entertainment.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
                Sponsored by Doll Shoppe/Treasure Shoppe

Saturday, July 28 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Steam)  (A)
Outstanding collection of hand-tools in the railway car museum cars is
one the largest and best of its kind in Alberta. Be sure to spend some
time in these coaches immediately south of the Big Valley station. Trip
includes buffet meal and entertainment.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
                   Sponsored by ATB Financial - Stettler

Sunday, July 29 - APST Limited to Big Valley (Steam)       (C)
These special excursions are the top of the line for Alberta Prairie. Includes
dinner theatre performance of original musical comedy by Shadow
Productions of Calgary, up scale buffet featuring prime rib of beef served
on glassware, wine with meal, guaranteed robbery, on board entertainment.
Seating limited so book early.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:25 p.m.
                       Sponsored by Pharmasave - Stettler

Fri., Aug. 3 - Old-Time Family Picnic Special (Steam)            (A)
Bring Grandma, Grandpa & kids and enjoy old fashioned family picnic,
and what would a picnic be without oven-fried chicken, potato salad, and
buttered corn on the cob. 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 R.J. Airey Sales - Stettler
Saturday, Aug. 4 -
Newfoundlander Special (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 Métis? 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 Baird Denture Clinic - Stettler

Sun., August 5 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Steam)       (A)
Don't be surprised if bandits show-up. We have been having a bunch
of trouble with the notorious
Reynolds Raiders over the last few years and
try as they may the railway police seem baffled as to how to catch them.
And yes! You should be safe while visiting Jimmy Jock Boardwalk, the
little town within a town. Includes buffet meal and entertainment.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.

Mon., Aug. 6 - Rail Fans Special to Big Valley (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 Mountain class No. 6060 will pull back to Stettler.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       5:15 p.m.
                Sponsored by Ware’s Jewellers- Stettler

Fri., August 10 - Family Special to Big Valley (Diesel)        (F)               
Clowns and children's entertainers will perform for the kids. Includes
roast beef buffet meal. Special pricing makes these trips the most
economical choice for families with children.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
            Sponsored by John's Men's Wear Ltd. - Stettler
Sat., August 11 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (6060)        (A)         
Stop in historic railway town highlighted by visits to fully restored
second-class (depot) railway station that doubles as part of the
community's museum, and the remains of a fourteen stall roundhouse
that has been turned into an interpretive centre. Includes roast beef
buffet meal.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       4:25 p.m.
  Sponsored by Rainbow Photo/Heartland Stationers – Stettler

Sun., August 12 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (6060)         (A)     
Outstanding collection of hand-tools in the railway car museum cars is
one the largest and best of its kind in Alberta. Be sure to spend some
time in these coaches immediately south of the Big Valley station. Trip
includes buffet meal and entertainment.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:55 p.m.
            Sponsored by Reinbold Petroleum Ltd. Stettler

Thurs., August 16 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (6060)   (A)              
The development o
f the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame to the south
of the Railway Car Museum
is a great addition to that community's
many attractions and well worth a visit. Spend some time looking at
the railway related artifacts in the station while you are in the area.
Trip includes Alberta roast beef buffet.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:55 p.m.
                     Sponsored by Coffee Tree - Stettler
Friday, August 17 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (6060)   (A)                
Don't be surprised if bandits show-up. We have been having a bunch
of trouble with the notorious
Reynolds Raiders over the last few years and
try as they may the railway police seem baffled as to how to catch them.
And yes! You should be safe while visiting Jimmy Jock Boardwalk, the
little town within a town. Includes buffet meal and entertainment.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:55 p.m.
 
         Sponsored by Tom's Boot Shop & Repair - Stettler

Saturday, August 18 - Free-mo Trains Special (6060)         (A)              
Each year modellers create and operate one of the largest model train
layouts of its type in North America.
Participants arrange modules, hook
them all up, level the entire thing to create around 500 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 club,
entertainment, and a roast beef buffet supper.
 
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:25 p.m.

         Sponsored by Pfeiffer House of Music Ltd. - Stettler

Sunday, August 19 - Country Dinner Plus (6060)                (A)
This is the second day of 9th annual Free-mo trains show organized by
the Calgary Free-mo Club which was, in 2007,  the largest of its type in
North America and 2012 may well be another record breaker.
 Trip
includes visit to the show, entertainment, meal, and train robbery.
 
Departs Stettler    11:00 a.m.         Returns Stettler        4:55 p.m.
 
               Sponsored by Heartland Glass – Stettler

Tuesday, August 21 - Girl Guides of Canada Charter
Thurs., August 23 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Steam) (A)         
Outstanding collection of hand-tools in the railway car museum cars is
one the largest and best of its kind in Alberta. Be sure to spend some
time in these coaches immediately south of the Big Valley station. Trip
includes buffet meal and entertainment.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
 
Sponsored by Richards Insurance Services – The Co-operators

Friday, August 24 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Steam) (A)
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits. Includes
buffet meal, and chance to visit Jimmy Jock Boardwalk, restored station,
rail car museum, and roundhouse and elevator interpretive centres.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
     Sponsored by Nicoll Flooring & Paint 1978 Ltd. - Stettler

Sat., August 25 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Steam)     (A)
Stop in historic railway town highlighted by visits to fully restored
second-class (depot) railway station that doubles as part of the
community's museum, and the remains of a fourteen stall roundhouse
that has been turned into an interpretive centre. Includes roast beef
buffet meal.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
               Sponsored by TSOS Construction – Stettler

Sun., August 26 - Highland Special to Big Valley (Steam)  (A)
Red Deer Legion Pipe Band will perform and do march past in Big Valley.
Includes roast beef buffet meal and all the other extras offered on most
Country Dinner excursions.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       4:25 p.m.
               Sponsored by Otherside Restaurant - Stettler
Fri, Aug. 31 - Teddy Bear Special to Big Valley (Diesel) 
   (A)       
Children 10 & under accompanied by adult and teddy bear ride free.
Children are invited to join in a teddy bear promenade just before departure
on the return trip. Everyone receives a prize. Includes entertainment
specially for the kids and roast beef buffet.

Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       4:25 p.m.
 
                    Sponsored by CR Glass – Stettler

Sat., Sept. 1 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Steam)          (A)       
Visit to historic railway town highlighted by visits to fully restored
second-class (depot) railway station that doubles as part of the
community’s museum, and the remains of a fourteen stall roundhouse
that has been turned into an interpretive centre.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
           Sponsored by Burmac Mechanical 2000 - Stettler

Sun., Sept. 2 - Adults Only Senior's Special (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 a roast
beef buffet, time for sight-seeing in Big Valley and entertainment plus a
10 per cent discounts on tickets for seniors.

Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.
              Sponsored by Jude’s Liquor Store – Stettler

Sat., Sept. 8 - Murder Mystery to Big Valley (Diesel)    (E)     
Complete package includes diesel-locomotive powered train excursion,
full course roast beef buffet dinner and murder mystery. Performers from
Shadow Productions, a Calgary professional theatre company, play all
the parts and you become part of the play as you attempt to solve the
mystery. Starts out on the train and finishes up at the community hall in
Big Valley. May not be suitable for children.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:25 p.m.
                     Sponsored by Tim Hortons - Stettler
Sunday, Sept. 9 -
Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel)     (A)              
Don't be surprised if bandits show-up. We have been having a bunch
of trouble with the notorious
Reynolds Raiders over the last few years and
try as they may the railway police seem baffled as to how to catch them.
And yes! You should be safe while visiting Jimmy Jock Boardwalk, the
little town within a town. Includes buffet meal and entertainment.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 15 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Steam) (A)             
The development of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame to the south
of the Railway Car Museum
is a great addition to that community's
many attractions and well worth a visit. Spend some time looking at
the railway related artifacts in the station while you are in the area.
Trip includes Alberta roast beef buffet.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 16 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Steam)    
(A)       
Don't be surprised if bandits show-up. We have been having a bunch
of trouble with the notorious
Reynolds Raiders over the last few years and
try as they may the railway police seem baffled as to how to catch them.
And yes! You should be safe while visiting Jimmy Jock Boardwalk, the
little town within a town. Includes buffet meal and entertainment.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 22 - End of Steam Special to Big Valley (Steam) (A)       
This is your last chance in 2012 to ride the train behind steam-locomotive
No. 41. Come and join us for roast beef buffet meal, entertainment and
a fireworks display on both sides of the train during the return journey
to Stettler.
Departs Stettler       3:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:05 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 23 - Family Special to Big Valley (Diesel)    (F)               
Clowns and children's entertainers will perform for the kids. Includes
roast beef buffet meal. Special pricing makes these trips the most
economical choice for families with children.

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

Fri., Sept. 28 - Fall Colours Special to Big Valley (Diesel) 
(A)         
This is a once a year opportunity. Depending on the year spectacular
colours can be seen all along the tracks at this time in the fall. Usually
all of 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 Alberta roast beef buffet meal and on board entertainment.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 29 - Canadian Northern Big Valley Station Centennial

Sun., Sept. 30 - Murder Mystery to Big Valley (Diesel)      (E)              
Complete package includes this one only chance to be pulled by steam-
locomotive on a Murder Mystery excursion plus a full course roast beef 
buffet dinner. Performers from Shadow Productions, a Calgary professional
theatre company, play all the parts and you become part of the play as you
attempt to solve the mystery. Starts out on the train and finishes up at the
community hall in Big Valley. May not be suitable for children.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:25 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 6 - 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. This outstanding buffet meal features roast turkey,
dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, garden fresh buttered carrots,
salads, and home made pie. Watch out for the bandits! This may well be
the very last time that the  notorious
Reynolds Raiders will try to hold up
the train this season.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.

Sat., October 13 - Murder Mystery to Big Valley (Diesel)  (E)
Complete package includes diesel-locomotive powered train excursion,
full course roast beef buffet dinner and murder mystery. Performers from
Shadow Productions, a Calgary professional theatre company, play all
the parts and you become part of the play as you attempt to solve the
mystery. Starts out on the train and finishes up at the community hall in
Big Valley. May not be suitable for children.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:25 p.m.

Sat., October 20 - Murder Mystery to Big Valley (Diesel)  (E)
                    
Complete package includes diesel-locomotive powered train excursion,
full course roast beef buffet dinner and murder mystery. Performers from
Shadow Productions, a Calgary professional theatre company, play all
the parts and you become part of the play as you attempt to solve the
mystery. Starts out on the train and finishes up at the community hall in
Big Valley. May not be suitable for children.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:25 p.m.

Sat., November 24 - Christmas Special to Big Valley (Diesel) (H)
Looking for unique way to celebrate the season with colleagues from work
and friends. Look no further. Alberta Prairie's Christmas party trains sell out
every year so book early. Includes turkey buffet supper, dancing to a live
band, carolling and hay rides.
Departs Stettler       6:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler      12:25 a.m. 

Sat., December 1 - Christmas Special to Big Valley (Diesel) (H)
This is the second of three special Christmas party trips and a great way
 to celebrate with the staff from work. Includes train trip, traditional buffet
dinner, hay rides & dance. And it is really simple to do; all you have to
do is make a phone call or two.

Departs Stettler       6:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler      12:25 a.m. 

Sat., December 8 - Christmas Special to Big Valley (Diesel)  (H)
     
This is the last of Alberta Prairie’s special Christmas party trips and a
great way to celebrate with the staff from work. Includes train trip, 
turkey buffet supper, dancing to a live band, carolling and hay rides.
And it is really simple to do.

Departs Stettler       6:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler      12:25 a.m.

Or you can view Alberta Prairie's complete operating schedule for past years:
       2006        2007      2008     2009    2010   2011

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.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
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 is included with your meal.


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