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Rails & Tales Canada 150 Specials

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

    Come to Stettler, Alberta, to ride Alberta Prairie Railway’s heritage rail cars behind one—or both—of the historic steam locomotives, #41 or #1392. Enjoy steam traction engines, heritage farm equipment, Metis Heritage and Canada Celebrations. Railways were the foundation for the development of our Country--no better way to commemorate and honour Canada's history and emerging significance as a sovereign state than to celebrate its rail heritage.
    In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, Rails and Tales 2017 is partnering with East Central Alberta Heritage Society and Alberta Prairie Railway to celebrate the history of steam rail transport in Canada. Bringing together two operating Canadian heritage steam locomotives, Rails and Tales 2017 invites heritage and rail aficionados in Alberta, Canada, and around the world to this family-friendly event.
    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. Want more information?

                                  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.

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.

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 three different entrees, wine and entertainment.


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