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2014 Schedule
All trains depart and return to Stettler, Alberta
(Updated: Tuesday July 29, 2014)

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

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 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 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.

Fri., Aug. 1 - 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 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.
Saturday, Aug. 2 - Newfoundlander Special (Steam)           (D)      
Enjoy a little bit of "The Rock" right here in Alberta and feast on
Beef Fillet of Tenderloin 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 Stettler Dodge Ltd.

Sun., August 3 - 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
Alberta roast beef buffet
and entertainment.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
                     Sponsored by Dynamo Electric - Stettler

Mon., Aug. 4 - 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 back to Stettler. Includes
Alberta roast beef buffet.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       5:10 p.m.
              Sponsored by Bagshaw Electric Ltd. - Stettler

Friday, Aug. 8 - 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
especially for the kids and roast turkey buffet plus hot
dogs for the children, but no train robbery.

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

Sat., August 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 Alberta roast beef
buffet and entertainment.
Departs Stettler      3:30 p.m.        Returns Stettler       8:25 p.m.
              Sponsored by Savage Value Drugs - Stettler

Sun., August 10 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel)    (A)
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits. Includes
chef’s special potato salad with sliced turkey, ham and beef buffet, 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.
      Sponsored by Guns & Games Source for Sports - Stettler

Thurs., August 14 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (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
Alberta roast beef buffet.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
                    Sponsored by Naturally Yours - Stettler
Friday, August 15 - 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
Alberta roast beef buffet
and entertainment.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
                     Sponsored by Dairy Queen - Stettler

Saturday, August 16 - Steak Barbecue Special (Steam)     (B)    
Join us for one of this year's highlight events. Pull on your boots and
cowboy hat and dine on barbecued Beef Fillet of Tenderloin steak, chuck
wagon beans, baked potatoes, and tossed green salad. Complementary
beer with supper. Entertainment on train and at the barbecue. Guaranteed
train robbery. And as an added bonus you are invited to visit first
day of  the Calgary Free-Mo show, one of the largest model train
shows of its type in North America.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:10 p.m.
     Sponsored by Town Pump Restaurant & Lounge - Stettler

Sunday, August 17 - Free-mo Trains Special (Steam)         (A)
This is the second day of 10th 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 2014 may well be another record breaker.
 Each year
modellers create and operate
more than 500 feet of  bench work covering
almost the entire surface of the Big Valley arena. Includes on-board
entertainment, and Alberta roast beef buffet.
Departs Stettler    11:00 a.m.         Returns Stettler        4:25 p.m.
                    Sponsored by Wells Furniture - Stettler
Thurs., August 21 - 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 and
north of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame . Trip includes
baked ham
buffet
and entertainment.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
                   Sponsored by Don's Car Sales - Stettler

Friday, August 22 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Steam) (A)
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits. Includes
roast turkey buffet, 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.
           Sponsored by Brennan Auto Body Repair - Stettler

Sat., August 23 - 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
Alberta
roast beef buffet.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.
            Sponsored by Acklands-Grainger Inc. - Stettler

Sun., August 24 - 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
chef’s special potato salad with sliced
turkey, ham and beef buffet
and entertainment.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.
       Sponsored by Schwartz Home Building Centre - Stettler
Fri., Aug. 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 Alberta roast beef buffet plus hot
dogs for the children, but no train robbery.

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

Sat., Aug. 30 - APST Limited to Big Valley (Steam)             (C)       
These special excursions are the top of the line for Alberta Prairie. Includes
a one-hour long stage show featuring the SaddleSore Showband, up-scale
buffet featuring shrimp scampi appetizer and 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

Sun., Aug. 31 - Country Dinner  to Big Valley (Steam)        (A)
T
rains and planes! You can ride the train either Saturday or Sunday,
and attend the annual Stettler Flying Clubs fly-in breakfast on
Monday morning. This trip offers all the extras normally found on
"County Dinner" excursions including
Alberta roast beef
buffet
, time for sight-seeing in Big Valley, on-board entertainment,
and a very high likelihood of a train robbery..

Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.
Sponsored by Gitzel Krejci Dand Peterson Chartered Accountants

Sat., Sept. 6 - Murder Mystery to Big Valley (Steam)        (E)
Complete package includes steam-locomotive powered train excursion,
an roast beef buffet 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 J.T. Auto Body Ltd. - Stettler
Sunday, Sept. 7 -
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
Alberta roast beef buffet
and entertainment.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.
           Sponsored by Big Valley Antiques - Big Valley

Saturday, Sept. 13 - 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.
  Sponsored by NAPA Autoparts/Woody's Automotive - Stettler

Sun., Sept. 14 - 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

Alberta roast beef buffet
, 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.
                Sponsored by Big Valley Inn - Big Valley

Sat., Sept. 20 - Murder Mystery to Big Valley (Diesel)       (E)
Complete package includes diesel-locomotive powered train excursion,
Alberta roast beef buffet 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 Sobeys - Stettler

Sun., Sept. 21 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel)        (A)
Mine payroll on board increases danger of being hit by bandits. Includes
Alberta roast beef buffet 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. 26 - 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
Alberta roast beef buffet and on board entertainment.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 27 - 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
Alberta roast beef buffet, 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.

Sat., Oct. 4 - 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 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.
Sun., October 5 - 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
Alberta roast beef buffet
and entertainment.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

Sat., October 11 - Murder Mystery to Big Valley (Diesel)   (E)
Complete package includes diesel-locomotive powered train excursion,
an roast beef buffet 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.

Sat., October 18 - 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    11:00 a.m.    Returns Stettler     1:00 p.m.
#2   Departs Stettler    12:00 a.m.    Returns Stettler     2:20 p.m.
#3   Departs Stettler      1:20 p.m.    Returns Stettler     3:40 p.m.
#4   Departs Stettler      2:40 p.m.    Returns Stettler     5:00 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 29 - 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 6 - 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 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 13- 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   2012   2013

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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