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2018 Schedule
All trains depart and return to Stettler, Alberta
(Updated: Monday August 13, 2018)

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.

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Murder Mysteries

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 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.

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.

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.
                   Sponsored by Gitzel & Company Chartered Accountants

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! The
target this season is 1,000 feet of bench work. 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.
                        Sponsored by Burmac Mechanical 2000 - Stettler

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 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. The target this
season is 1,000 feet of bench work. 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 (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       2:30 p.m.       Returns Stettler       7:25 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 24 - 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.

Saturday, Aug. 25 - Barbecued Ribs Dinner (Diesel)                      (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.
                        Sponsored by Stettler Flooring & Paint - Stettler

Sunday, Aug 26 - Highland Special to Big Valley (Diesel)            (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.
              Sponsored by Richards Insurance Services – The Cooperators

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.

Sat., Sept. 8 - Murder Mystery to Big Valley (Diesel)                            (E)      
Complete package includes diesellocomotive 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.
                   Sponsored by Schwartz Home Building Centre - Stettler
Sunday, Sept. 9 - Adults Only Senior's Special (Diesel)       (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, Sept. 15 - APST Limited to Big Valley (Diesel)     (C)
VIDEO  Provided by Popovich Productions        
Nothin’ gets a party rockin’ faster than hits from the 50’s 60’s & 70’s.  Music
from that era has stood the test of time and is energetic and infectious.  Get
ready to Rock’n Roll with Richard and Deborah Popovich!
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.
Warning this show has “dynamic lighting
and effects which may affect people with photo-sensitivity.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 16 - 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 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 2018 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.
Saturday, Oct. 13
- 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.

Fri., November 23 - 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 24 - The Polar Express (Diesel)          (PE)
Polar Express #3   
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
4
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     7:30 p.m.

Sun., November 25 - The Polar Express (Diesel)         (PE)
Polar Express #5   
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     5:30 p.m.

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

Sat., December 1 - The Polar Express (Diesel)             (PE)
Polar Express #8   
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
9
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     7:30 p.m.

Sun., December 2 - The Polar Express (Diesel)            (PE)
Polar Express #10   
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
11
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     7:30 p.m.

Fri., December 7 - The Polar Express (Diesel)             (PE)
Polar Express #12   
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
13
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     7:30 p.m.

Sat., December 8 - The Polar Express (Diesel)             (PE)
Polar Express #14   
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
15
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
16
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     9:30 p.m.

Sun., December 9 - The Polar Express (Diesel)            (PE)
Polar Express #17   
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
18
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     7:30 p.m.

Fri., December 14 - The Polar Express (Diesel)            (PE)
Polar Express #19   
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
20
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
21
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     9:30 p.m.

Sat., December 15 - The Polar Express (Diesel)            (PE)
Polar Express #22   
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
23
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
24
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     9:30 p.m.

Sun., December 16 - 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.

Tue., December 18 - The Polar Express (Diesel)           (PE)
Polar Express #27   
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
28
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     7:30 p.m.

Wed., December 19 - The Polar Express (Diesel)          (PE)
Polar Express #29   
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
30
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     7:30 p.m.

Thu., December 20 - The Polar Express (Diesel)           (PE)
Polar Express #31   
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.   Returns Stettler     5:30 p.m.
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.

Fri., December 21 - 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.

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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