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2015 Schedule
All trains depart and return to Stettler, Alberta
(Updated: Saturday August 29, 2015)

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 (T) and (FD) refer to the excursion type and fare structure for that trip.

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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, (D) Newfoundlander, and (C) APST Limited excursions. Train robberies are not part of the entertainment on (E) Murder Mystery, (F) Family 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.

Please note all excursions 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.

Fri., Aug. 28 - 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 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.

Saturday, Aug. 29 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel)   (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
buffet style
Alberta roast beef meal.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
             Sponsored by Gwen & Terry Stenberg – Stettler

Sunday, Aug. 30 - 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 style Alberta roast beef meal
and entertainment.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

             Sponsored by Savage Value Drug Mart - Stettler

Saturday, Sept. 5 - Murder Mystery to Big Valley (Steam)   (E)
Complete package includes steam-locomotive powered train excursion,
buffet style roast beef dinner 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.
                   Sponsored by Big Valley Inn – Big Valley
Sunday, Sept. 6 -
Country Dinner + to Big Valley (Steam)       (A)         
                    SOLD OUT
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

                    Sponsored by Naturally Yours - Stettler

Saturday, Sept. 12 - 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
buffet style Alberta roast beef meal.

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

Sunday, Sept. 13 - 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

buffet style Alberta roast beef meal
, time for sight-seeing in Big Valley
and entertainment plus a 10 per cent discount on tickets for seniors.

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

Saturday, Sept. 19 - Murder Mystery to Big Valley (Diesel) (E)
Complete package includes diesel-locomotive powered train excursion,
buffet style roast beef dinner 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. 20 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel)      (A)
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits. Includes
buffet style 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, Sept. 25 - Fall Colours Special to Big Valley (
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. 26 - End of Steam Special to Big Valley (Steam)    (A)
This is your last chance in 2014 to ride the train behind steam-locomotive
No. 41. Come and join us for
buffet style Alberta roast beef meal, entertainment
and 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. 3 - Murder Mystery to Big Valley (Diesel)     (E)
Complete package includes diesel-locomotive powered train excursion,
buffet style roast beef dinner 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, Oct. 4 - 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 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.

Sat., Oct. 10 - 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 style meal features roast turkey,
dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, garden fresh buttered carrots,
salads, and home made pie. Watch out for the bandits!
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.

Saturday, Oct. 17 - 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.

Sat., Nov. 28 - 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 style supper, dancing to a live
band, carolling and hay rides.
Departs Stettler       6:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler      12:25 a.m.

Sat., December 5 - 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 turkey
buffet style 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 12- 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 style 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   2012   2013   2014

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.

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, 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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