Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions
A Major Alberta Attraction - Great For The Whole Family
"Live Theatre" (T) Excursions
Live theatre excursions are designated
diesel-powered excursions and are different from mysteries in that the action
takes place on a stage and not all around you. The vintage locomotive used is close to 40
years old and was one of the first diesels in service.
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 out of Calgary are hired to present the
performance. As we pull out of Stettler, the actors begin to introduce
themselves and set up a scenario.
- 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.
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 play.
The performance of an original work written specially for audiences here at
Alberta Prairie, takes place immediately following supper. These plays are
generally great fun with lots of music, comedy and plenty of audience
interaction. The action takes place on a raised stage at one end of the hall.
- 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