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2017 Schedule
Now available for booking.

All trains depart and return to Stettler, Alberta
(Updated: Tuesday November 21, 2017)

The destination for most Alberta Prairie excursions is Big Valley. The exception being Pumpkin Fest, The Polar Express, and The Night Before, The Night Before Christmas. Big Valley 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 excursions are great entertainment for both children and adults.

The alphabetic characters (A) to (T) refer to the excursion type and the fare structure for trips. If you click on these letters the fares for that trip will be displayed.

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

Teddy Bear Specials

The Polar Express

 Canada 150 Excursions

 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. Train robberies are scheduled on all (A) excursion with meals, (B) special event, (D) Newfoundlander, and (C) APST Limited excursions. Train robberies are not part of the entertainment on (E) Murder Mystery, and (T) Teddy Bear Special 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.

Fri., November 24 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                  (PE)
Polar Express #1
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
2
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.

Sat., November 25 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                 (PE)
Polar Express #3
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   
SOLD OUT
Polar Express #
4     
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.   SOLD OUT 

Sun., November 26 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                 (PE)
Polar Express #5
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   
SOLD OUT
Polar Express #
6
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.

Fri., December 1 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                    (PE)
Polar Express #7
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
8
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.

Sat., December 2 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                   (PE)
Polar Express #9  
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   
SOLD OUT
Polar Express #
10  
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.   SOLD OUT
Polar Express #
11
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Sun., December 3 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                  (PE)
Polar Express #12
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   
SOLD OUT
Polar Express #
13
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
14
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Fri., December 8 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                    (PE)
Polar Express #15
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
16
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.   SOLD OUT

Sat., December 9 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                   (PE)
Polar Express #17
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   
SOLD OUT
Polar Express #
18
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.   SOLD OUT
Polar Express #
19
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Sun., December 10 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                 (PE)
Polar Express #20
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.
   
SOLD OUT
Polar Express #
21
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
22
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Thru., December 14 - The Polar Express (Diesel)               (PE)
Polar Express #23
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
24
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.

Fri., December 15 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                  (PE)
Polar Express #25
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
26
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
27
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Sat., December 16 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                 (PE)
Polar Express #28
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   
SOLD OUT
Polar Express #
29
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.   SOLD OUT
Polar Express #
30
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.   SOLD OUT

Sun., December 17 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                (PE)
Polar Express #31
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   
SOLD OUT
Polar Express #
32
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
33
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Tue., December 19 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                (PE)
Polar Express #34
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
35
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
36
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Wed., December 20 - The Polar Express (Diesel)              (PE)
Polar Express #37
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
38
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
39
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Thru., December 21 - The Polar Express (Diesel)             (PE)
Polar Express #40
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
41
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
42
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

2018 DRAFT Schedule
The following is a first draft of Alberta Prairie's 2018 schedule.
This is only a proposal, is subject to change, and is not available for booking up until the first week of February.

All trains depart and return to Stettler, Alberta
(Updated: Tuesday November 21, 2017)

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 excursions are great entertainment for both children and adults.

The alphabetic characters (A) to (T) refer to the excursion type and the fare structure for that trip. If you click on these letters the fares for that trip will be displayed.

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

MAY JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER

PUBLIC TIMETABLES
Alberta Prairie reserves the right to substitute trips to different destinations and to use alternative locomotives in cases of mechanical failure. Train robberies are scheduled on all (A) excursion with meals, (B) special event, (D) Newfoundlander, and (C) APST Limited excursions. Train robberies are not part of the entertainment on (E) Murder Mystery, and (T) Teddy Bear Special 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.

Saturday, May 19 - Season Opener to Big Valley  (Diesel)               (A)
The excitement begins with the first excursion of 2018. 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.

Saturday, May 26 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel)                (A)
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits. Includes
buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal, and time 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.

Wednesday, May 30 - 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, May 31 - 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.

TENTATIVE
Saturday, June 2 - APST Limited to Big Valley (Diesel)                    (C)      
These special excursions are the top of the line for Alberta Prairie. Includes
a one-hour long stage show performance, up-scale buffet-style meal  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.

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 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 buffet-style
Alberta roast beef meal.
 
Departs Stettler     11:00 a.m.         Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.
Saturday, June 9 - Country Dinner to Big Valley
(No. 41 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
see during stop at Big Valley. Includes on board entertainment and
buffet-style
Alberta roast beef meal at Big Valley.

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

Sunday, June 10 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (No. 41 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-style Alberta roast beef meal
and entertainment.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

TENTATIVE
Saturday, June 16
- APST Limited to Big Valley (Diesel)                   (C)      
These special excursions are the top of the line for Alberta Prairie. Includes
a one-hour long stage show performance, up-scale buffet-style meal  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.
Sunday, June 17 - 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
salute to Dads and their families. Includes buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal.

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

Saturday, June 23 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (No. 41 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
see during stop at Big Valley. Includes on board entertainment and full
course Alberta roast beef buffet-style meal at Big Valley.

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

Sunday, June 24 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam)        (A)     
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits. Includes
buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal, and time  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.

Friday, June 29 - 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.

Saturday, June 30 -  Country Dinner to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam)    (A)       
The outstanding Rod Miller collection of hand-tools is one the largest
and best of its kind in North America. Be sure to spend some time at the
new tool museum building south-west of the Big Valley station.
Trip
includes
buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal and on board entertainment.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.       Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.

Sunday, July 1 - Canada Day Special (No. 41 Steam)                          (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
buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal at Big Valley.

Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       4:25 p.m.

Friday, July 6 - Teddy Bear Special to Big Valley (Diesel)                 (T)       
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 children and buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal plus
hot dogs for the children, but no train robbery.

Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       4:25 p.m.

TENTATIVE
Saturday, July 7
- APST Limited to Big  Valley (Diesel)                     (C)      
These special excursions are the top of the line for Alberta Prairie. Includes
a one-hour long stage show performance, up-scale buffet-style meal  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.
Sunday, July 8 -
Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel)                      (A)      
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits. Trip includes
on-board entertainment,
buffet-style meal featuring Alberta roast beef, plus
time 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.

Thurs., July 12 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam)          (A)
The outstanding Rod Miller collection of hand-tools is one the largest
and best of its kind in North America. Be sure to spend some time at the
new tool museum building south-west of the Big Valley station.
Trip
includes
buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal and on board entertainment.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.        Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.

Friday, July 13 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam)          (A)       
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits. Includes
time  to visit Jimmy Jock Boardwalk, restored station, rail car museum,
roundhouse and elevator interpretive centres.
Includes buffet-style Alberta
roast beef  meal.

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

TENTATIVE
Saturday, July 14
- Live Steam, Vintage Car Show & Steak BBQ 
    (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. 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.

TENTATIVE
Sunday, July 15
- 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
Alberta
roast of beef
.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       4:25 p.m.

Friday, July 20 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (41 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-style roast turkey  meal.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.

Saturday, July 21 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (41 Steam))            (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
buffet-style roast beef meal and on board entertainment..

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

Sunday, July 22
-  Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel) 
                   (A)       
The outstanding Rod Miller collection of hand-tools is one the largest
and best of its kind in North America. Be sure to spend some time at the
new tool museum building south-west of the Big Valley station.
Trip
includes
buffet-style meal featuring a chef’s special potato salad,
sliced turkey, ham and beef.

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

Thurs., July 26 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel)                      (A) 
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits. Includes
time  to visit Jimmy Jock Boardwalk, restored station, rail car museum,
roundhouse and elevator interpretive centres.
Includes buffet-style
roast turkey meal.

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

Friday, July 27 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (No. 41 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-style Alberta roast beef meal.

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

Saturday, July 28 -  Country Dinner to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam)     (A)       
The outstanding Rod Miller collection of hand-tools is one the largest
and best of its kind in North America. Be sure to spend some time at the
new tool museum building south-west of the Big Valley station.
Trip
includes
buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal and on board entertainment.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.       Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
Sunday, July 29 -  Country Dinner to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam)       (A)    
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits. Trip includes
on-board entertainment,
buffet-style meal featuring a chef’s special potato salad,
sliced turkey, ham and beef
plus time 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 Don’s Car Sales – (403)742-2260 – Stettler, AB

Fri.., Aug. 3 - 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.

TENTATIVE
Saturday, Aug. 4
-
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 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.

Sunday., Aug. 5 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (No. 41 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-style Alberta roast beef meal
and on board entertainment.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.       Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.


TENTATIVE
Mon., Aug. 6
- 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.

Friday, Aug. 10 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam)        (A)       
The development of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame to the south
of the Railway Car Museum
is a great addition to 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 buffet-style
roast turkey meal.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.      Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
      Sponsored by Heartland Stationers – (403)742-2588 – Stettler, AB

TENTATIVE
Saturday, Aug. 11
-
APST Limited to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam)      (C)
These special excursions are the top of the line for Alberta Prairie. Includes
a one-hour long stage show performance, up-scale buffet-style meal  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.

Sunday, Aug. 12 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (No. 41 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-style meal featuring
a chef’s
special potato salad, sliced turkey, ham and beef
and on board entertainment.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 14
-
Girl Guides Charter to Big Valley (Diesel)               

Friday, Aug. 17 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel)                  (A)
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits. Includes
buffet-style roast turkey meal, and time  to visit Jimmy Jock Boardwalk, restored
station, rail car museum, and roundhouse and elevator interpretive centres.
2018 marks the 15 anniversary of the first Big Valley Free-mo Show and the
Calgary Free-mo group has been pulling modellers from all over Western
Canada and the United States. It is there hope to once again claim the
title as the largest show of its type in North America. 
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.       Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 18 - 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  to 500 feet worth of
bench work covering most of 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.

Sunday, Aug. 19 - Free-mo Trains Special (Diesel)                          (A)               
This is the second day of 15th 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 in 2018 may well be another record breaker.
 Each year
modellers create and operate
between 350 and 500 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.
Thursday, Aug. 23 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam) (A)           
The development of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame to the south
of the Railway Car Museum
is a great addition to 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
buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.       Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 24 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam)      (A)
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits. Includes
buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal, and time  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.

TENTATIVE
Saturday, Aug. 25
-
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.

TENTATIVE
Sunday, Aug 26
- 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.
Saturday, Sept. 1 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel)               (A)       
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits.
Includes
on-board entertainment,
buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal, and time  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.

Sunday, Sept. 2 - Teddy Bear Special to Big Valley (Diesel)              (T)      
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 children and buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal plus hot
dogs for the children, but no train robbery.

Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.      Returns Stettler       4:25 p.m.

TENTATIVE
Sat., Sept. 8
- Murder Mystery to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam)         (E)      

Complete package includes steam-locomotive powered train excursion,
buffet style Alberta roast beef buffet meal and murder mystery. Performers
from a 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.

Sunday, Sept. 9 - 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.

TENTATIVE
Saturday, Sept. 15
- APST Limited to Big  Valley (
No. 41 Steam)   (C)      
These special excursions are the top of the line for Alberta Prairie. Includes
a one-hour long stage show performance, up-scale buffet-style meal  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.

Sunday, Sept. 16 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (No. 41 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-style Alberta roast beef meal
and on board entertainment.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 22 - 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.

Sun., Sept. 23 - Country Dinner  to Big Valley (
Diesel)                   (A)    
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits. Includes
on-board entertainment,
buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal, and time  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.

Fri., Sept. 28 - 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. 29 - End of Steam Special to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam)(F)      
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.

Saturday, Oct 6 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel)                (A)    
The outstanding Rod Miller collection of hand-tools is one the largest
and best of its kind in North America. Be sure to spend some time at the
new tool museum building south-west of the Big Valley station and
the railway related artifacts in the station while you are in the area.
Trip includes buffet-style
Alberta roast beef meal.
This could be the
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.

TENTATIVE
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.

The 2018 operating schedule continues to be a work in progress.    

Or you can view Alberta Prairie's complete operating schedule for past years:
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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 either Alberta beef, roast turkey or baked ham, 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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