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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel by train and have your journey abruptly halted by mounted gunmen? Well that is exactly what is likely to happen aboard Alberta Prairie’s excursion train at Stettler. Round-trip excursions are on board a vintage train, powered by a 1920 steam locomotive or a classic diesel locomotive from the 1950s. Passengers experience the scenery, history, and wildlife of the Prairies. Tours vary in length from 5-6 hours and include on board entertainment and buffet meal at hall in Big Valley. Started as little more than an idea, Alberta Prairie has grown to become one of Alberta’s premier tourist attractions. For the last 30 years people have come from all over the world to board the train to enjoy a unique Alberta Prairie experience. Fares vary depending on the length of excursion, inclusion, and age of guest. Give us a call at 1-800-282-3994, drop us a note at [email protected] or visit our web site at absteamtrain.com

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Experience the Magic of the Heart of the Holidays

The magic of the holiday season.

Stettler knows how to put the magic into Christmas! From Alberta Prairie ‘s THE POLAR EXPRESS™ to the lighting of the Main Street Christmas tree and every little thing in between we’re sure you’ll believe. Visit the Heart of the Holidays this season and experience all the magic!

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The polar express™.

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The magical story of The Polar Express comes to life as the train departs Stettler, Alberta, for a one hour long round-trip journey to the North Pole.

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Once onboard, passengers are served hot chocolate and a cookie treat by Polar Express Chefs, will be presented with a souvenir golden The Polar Express ticket, and everyone receives a ceramic souvenir Polar Express mug. Santa will board the train at the North Pole, and during the return trip will walk through each car giving out the “first gift of Christmas” – a silver sleigh bell – to each and every guest who wants one. Please note: There are no bathrooms on board the train. The train ride is one hour long, so please plan accordingly.

The 2023 Polar Express schedule is available at www.absteamtrain.com, excursions begin November 18, book your spots early as this popular Christmas adventure can sell out fast!

Moonlight Madness

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If there was one weekend to experience Christmas in Stettler, the weekend of November 24 would be it. Join the locals in the kick-off to Christmas with the annual Main Street Christmas tree light up along with oodles of shopping specials and treats during Moonlight Madness. Stores around town hold amazing sales and a special market is set up at the Stettler Mall.

Moonlight Madness is a great night to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas. The magic of the season will be alive and well! Make Stettler your Christmas destination for shopping, holiday memories, new traditions and more!

The Night Before the Night Before

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December 23, 2023

The annual Stettler tradition continues. We invite you to come home for the holidays and catch up with family and old friends! With train rides, entertainment, store sales and late night shopping it’s the perfect way to start off Christmas holidays!

Watch for more details on this special event by visiting  www.shopstettler.ca

Light the Night at the Stettler Museum

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With half a kilometre of the light display, you don’t want to miss this magical event! It also plays host to The Annual Gingerbread House Contest. Come in to vote for your favourite!

This event runs every Friday and Saturday in December until Christmas, plus December 21-24 from 5:30 pm – 9 pm. You don’t want to miss it.

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Pedal the rails: Railbike excursions guide (2024)

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Railbike excursions

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What’s the fuss about?

This concept has existed roughly since the 1850s, when maintenance workers on railroads used handcars and railbikes to get from point A to point B.  Something had to be used to carry the crew and materials for track inspections and/or repairs. In 1877, a Michigan farmer named George Sheffield was accredited for inventing the first three-wheeled railroad velocipede — a handcar that used a combination of hand and foot power to propel forward (“push-pull fashion”).

With many variations of this today, railbikes are primarily used for pleasure. The construction of each railbike may differ — some are 2-seaters, others 4 — and can come with electric assist. Essentially, the railbike may offer you a different perspective of the railroad — in essence you become the train. You chug along at a speed that is comfortable for you, while taking in the beautiful scenery along your chosen destination. It’s a great opportunity to relax, try something different, and take some spectacular photos.

Reserving your spot

With several groups of people out on a railroad at any given time, it’s not meant to be a race. The idea is to enjoy your time out on the tracks. Tailgating is not preferred. Each operation will have its own set of rules that you must follow. So don’t just plan on showing up the day of without a reservation and in flip flops — it’s not going to happen.

It’s like riding a bike

These “hands free,” people-powered rail vehicles are gaining momentum all over the United States on a variety of railroads, so here’s a guide to help you find one near you.

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Note: Cancellations may occur if weather conditions are dangerous. Riders may be turned away if rules are not observed. Weight/height/age restrictions may be present. If children are allowed to ride, but cannot reach the pedals, a car seat or baby sling may be advised.

This list is not all-inclusive.

Skunk Train Location: Fort Bragg, California Season: All year Price: $265 (2-seater) Length: 7 miles (2 hours) or 25 miles (4 hours)

Note: Want to bring your pet along? A limited number of dog trailers and crates are available for an extra charge ($30).

River Fox Train Location: Sacramento, California Season: All year Price: $109 weekday, $129 weekend (2-seater) Length: 10 miles (1 hour)

Rail Explorers USA Location: California, Rhode Island, New York, Iowa, and Kentucky Season:

  • Amador, Calif. Uses Amador Central Railroad tracks (mid-March thru December)
  • Bluegrass, Ky. Uses Bluegrass Scenic Railroad (late-March thru November)
  • Boone, Iowa. Uses Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad (mid-April thru October)
  • Catskills, N.Y. (late-April thru October)
  • Cooperstown, N.Y. Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad (early-May thru October
  • Rhode Island. Uses Newport and Narragansett Bay Railroad (late-April thru early-November)

Price: Varies, $65 to $175 Length: Varies by location

Colorado Railbike Adventures Location: Erie, Colorado Season: All year Price: $160 Length: 8 miles (2 hours)

Note: Learn about the Erie Coal Train

Revolution Rail Co. Location: Colorado, New York, Maine, and New Jersey Season: Cape May, N.J. (March to December), Colorado, New York, and Maine (May to October) Price: $90/$160 (2-seater/4-seater), Maine $60/$100 Length: Varies by location

Note: Full moon rides are available at specific locations

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Location: Blue Ridge, Georgia Season: March to December Price: $48.75 (per seat) Length: 5.7 miles (1.5 hours)

Tracks and Yaks Location: Frostburg and Berlin, Maryland Season: Feb. 17 to Dec. 31 (Frostburg), Apr. 1 to Nov. 24 (Berlin) Price: Varies, $99 to $299 (2-seater/4-seater) Length: Varies by location (2 to 4 hours)

Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad Location: Laconia, New Hampshire Season: Begins in May Price: TBD, 4-seater Length: 5 miles (1.5 hours)

Scenic Railriders Location: Concord, New Hampshire Season: May 11 to Nov. 3 Price: $75 to $90, $145 to $160 (2-seater/4-seater) Length: 6.2 miles (1.5 to 2 hours)

Adirondack Railbike Adventures Location: Thendara or Tupper Lake, N.Y. Season: May to October and/or July to October (Timber Ridge) Price: $45 per seat or $150 per private bike (2 to 3 seats) Length: 7 miles (1.5 to 2 hours)

Note: Haunted Halloween option $25

American Rail Bike Adventures Location: Boulder City, Nevada or Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania Season: All year Price: $80 to $170 Length: 7 to 8 miles (1.5 to 2 hours)

Mount Hood Railroad Location: Hood River, Oregon Season: April to October Price: $199 (2-seater) Length: 11 miles (2.4 hours)

Joseph Branch Railriders Location: Joseph, Oregon Season: May 18 to Sept. 30 Price: Varies, $60 to $240 (2-seater and 4-seaters available) Length: Varies, 6 to 20 miles (1 to 4 hours)

Note: Evening tours available. Onsite unsupervised boarding ($10 to $20) available for pets comfortable with crates — only offered during daytime trips.

Secret Valley Excursions (Colebrookdale Railroad) Location: Boyertown, Pennsylvania Season: May through November Price: $155/$175 (3-seater/4-seater) Length: 45 mins. to 1.5 hours

Note: Explore magical rock cuts hand-dug by Civil War veterans.

Pennsylvania Rail Bike Location: Hawley, Pennsylvania Season: Memorial Day through Halloween Price: Price varies $125/$315 (2-seater/4-seater) Length: 10 miles (2 hours) or 20 miles (3.5 hours)

Vance Creek Railriders Location: Shelton, Washington Season: May 18 to Sept. 29 Price: $24 (11 and younger), $36 (12 plus), 4-seater Length: 13 miles (2 hours)

What to bring with you?

  • The No. 1 thing to bring with you on a railbike excursion — an adventurous spirit
  • Weather appropriate clothing: hats, gloves, etc…
  • Closed-toed shoes (no opened-backs shoes either)
  • Helmet (some places may provide them)
  • Water or other non-alcoholic beverages
  • Insect repellent
  • Light jacket/poncho (rain gear)
  • Camera/smartphone
  • Benadryl/EpiPens
  • Small bag/fanny pack
  • Car seat/baby sling

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You didn’t include the one I’ve ridden in central to western NY. https://www.flrailriders.com/ Just FYI, it’s a nice ride on the former PRR Elmira branch, originally the Northern Central 73, Chris

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Each ticket includes a THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride and each passenger is served hot chocolate and a cookie treat by Polar Express Chefs and each family receives a ceramic souvenir Polar Express mug. The children will be served their hot chocolate in a Polar Express double walled SEDA cup with a drip and spill resistant lid which is much easy for the youngsters to handle. Santa will board the train at the North Pole, and on the return trip will walk through each car giving out the “first gift of Christmas” – a silver sleigh bell – to each child 12 years and under.

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  1. Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions

    Call 1-800-282-3994 (Canada) or 1-403-742-2811 (worldwide) for more information and reservations. Based in Stettler AB, Alberta Prairie Railway offers exciting one-day adventures on a vintage passenger train from the 1920s and powered by both steam and diesel locomotives. Different themed excursions are available throughout the year.

  2. Excursion Schedule

    Including a rail excursion on board a vintage passenger train lasting between three & one-half and six hours, a full course buffet style meal at destination, entertainment, sightseeing and, with a few exceptions a train robbery. ... The magical story comes to life as the train departs Stettler, Alberta for a one hour long round-trip journey to ...

  3. Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions

    A lovely day on this preserved railroad in Stettler, Alberta. AN 8km/5m train ride to a beautiful spot south of the town where we were fed sensational Alberta beef, entertained by a guitar playing singer, played carnival games, oh and robbed at gun point! Then the feds chased the culprits up the railroad.

  4. Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions

    Our journey that day specifically took us from Stettler to Big Valley, a town 32 km south of Stettler. The train ride would take exactly 100 minutes. (Everything is timed down to a "T" when it comes to railway schedules.) As soon as the train departed, we were allowed to leave our seats and explore the train.

  5. Ride the Stettler Train Back In Time

    Stettler Train Reservations. Head over to the Alberta Prairie Railway Excursion schedule page for your options. They are really great about updating the availability of their excursions. You have to call them at 1-800-282-3994 (in Canada) or (403) 742-2811 (outside Canada) to make reservations.

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    Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions: A super experience - See 193 traveler reviews, 238 candid photos, and great deals for Stettler, Canada, at Tripadvisor.

  7. Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions

    Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions is a heritage railway originating in Stettler, Alberta.. The train runs between Stettler and Big Valley.The trips last five to six hours, with a stopover (all excursions include a buffet meal). Many trains are pulled by No. 41, a 1920 Baldwin 2-8-0 steam locomotive, and sometimes by CN U-1-f No. 6060, a Montreal Locomotive Works 4-8-2.

  8. Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions

    Well that is exactly what is likely to happen aboard Alberta Prairie's excursion train at Stettler. Round-trip excursions are on board a vintage train, powered by a 1920 steam locomotive or a classic diesel locomotive from the 1950s. Passengers experience the scenery, history, and wildlife of the Prairies. Tours vary in length from 5-6 hours ...

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    Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions, Stettler, Alberta. 16,302 likes · 11 talking about this · 5,605 were here. Offering railway day excursions on board 1920 vintage train departing from Stettler AB

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    All Trains Depart And Return To Stettler, Alberta. These popular train trips have everything and include a rail excursion lasting between three and six hours, a full course buffet style meal at destination, entertainment, sightseeing & maybe even a train robbery. Alberta Prairie's trips are great for adults, children and families.

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    From purchasing tickets to disembarking when the train returns to Stettler, the Alberta Prairie Steam Train experience is as enjoyable as it is unique. Each excursion has a train car attendant in each of the antique cars; attendants can answer all your questions about the trip and have plenty of knowledge of the train itself. There is also a ...

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    This page is the Trains.com tourist profile for Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions in Stettler, Alberta. Alberta ... Specially-themed rides include live dinner shows, steak barbecues, country dinner trains, Polar Express rides, and teddy bear trains. The trains are pulled by Baldwin 2-8-0 steam engine No. 41, or by General Motors Diesel No. 1259.

  14. Things to Do

    There are many things to do in the area. Stettler hosts a variety of attractions; museums, Alberta Prairie Railway, local sports and recreation. Donalda and Big Valley are only a hop away and offer great photo opportunities such as the World's Largest Lamp and Willow Canyon in Donalda and Jimmy Jock Boardwalk and St. Edmund's Blue Church in ...

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    Stettler Train Ride. Posted on August 1, 2015 September 5, 2015. Rosebud with golf course at top. ... We were excited to ride on the Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions, a heritage railway originating in Stettler and runs between Stettler and Big Valley.

  16. Bookings & Reservations

    Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions P.O. BOX 1600 Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0 Canada. FAX (403) 742-2844. An Adventure For The Whole Family Book Now View Schedule 1-800-282-3994 (Canada) for information & reservations. Standard rates apply 1-403-742-2811 worldwide. Office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT, Monday to Friday. ...

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    Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions, Stettler: See 193 reviews, articles, and 238 photos of Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions, ranked No.1 on Tripadvisor among 9 attractions in Stettler.

  18. The Polar Express™ Train Ride

    The magical story of The Polar Express comes to life as the train departs Stettler, Alberta, for a one-hour-long round-trip journey to the North Pole. ... Venue: Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions, 611 - 47 Ave, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0. There are no bathrooms onboard the train. one hour from Red Deer, two and one-half hours from Edmonton ...

  19. The Magic of the Holiday Season

    The annual Stettler tradition continues. We invite you to come home for the holidays and catch up with family and old friends! With train rides, entertainment, store sales and late night shopping it's the perfect way to start off Christmas holidays! Watch for more details on this special event by visiting www.shopstettler.ca

  20. Pedal the rails: Railbike excursions guide (2024)

    Length: 6.2 miles (1.5 to 2 hours) Adirondack Railbike Adventures. Location: Thendara or Tupper Lake, N.Y. Season: May to October and/or July to October (Timber Ridge) Price: $45 per seat or $150 per private bike (2 to 3 seats) Length: 7 miles (1.5 to 2 hours) Note: Haunted Halloween option $25.

  21. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

    WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW. Each ticket includes a THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride and each passenger is served hot chocolate and a cookie treat by Polar Express Chefs and each family receives a ceramic souvenir Polar Express mug. The children will be served their hot chocolate in a Polar Express double walled SEDA cup with a drip and spill ...