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Feature Excursion Schedule

All trains depart and return to Stettler, Alberta
(Updated: Monday June 18, 2018)

   These trips are a variation on a "Country Dinner" which are the most frequent and popular excursions we offer. Includes steam or diesel-powered rail excursion lasting between five to five and one-half hours, full course buffet meal at destination, entertainment, sightseeing & maybe even a train robbery. These trips are great for children and families.
   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.

                                                                      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.

Sunday, July 1 - Canada Day Special (Diesel)                                    (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.
                         Sponsored by Savage Panda Flowers – Stettler

Sunday, July 15 - Live Steam & Vintage Car Show (Diesel)            (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
roast of beef
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       4:25 p.m.
                                     Sponsored by Stettler Dodge Ltd.

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.
                              Sponsored by J.T. Auto Body Ltd. - Stettler              

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

A leisurely drive from Calgary will take approximately three hours and, from Edmonton, two and one-half hours.

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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