Rail Safety – Top of Mind

Next week is Railway Safety week in Canada and the US. We should all be familiar with Operation Lifesaver and their hard work at keeping the public and railway workers aware of the dangers around our railways.

This year a Railway Safety poster has been printed with Operation Lifesaver and CN. A copy of the Poster can be DOWNLOADED HERE.

There are ten top of mind Railway Safety items on the list. here is a quick overview of these Railway Safety Tips

  1. Speed Misperception – Trains move faster than they appear due to their size
  2. Trains can not stop quickly – the average train takes 2 Km to stop
  3. Trespassing – taking a shortcut along a railway is trespassing and illegal
  4. Weight Ratio – trains weight 5,500 tons a car is 1.5 tons
  5. Railway Cars – Stoppedrail cars can move at any time
  6. Tunnels & Bridges – These are designed for trains only trespassing can result in injury or death  
  7. Overhangs – trains can have loads and items that are wider than the cars. If you are too close you can get hit
  8. Any Time is Train Time – Trains are not always on schedule and can come from any direction
  9. Safety Line – CN has a phone line for reporting unsafe conditions – call – 1-800-465-9239
  10. Pledge for Safety – Promote Safe railroading and visit the My Safety Pledge website from CN for a great interactive tool


CHTR wishes everyone safe and productive railroading in 2017



Railway Safety Week April 24 – 30

This month features Railway Safety Week across Canada and the USA.

Canadian Heartland Training Railway and their partners are advocates of safe railroading and work effortlessly to ensure their training and rail services are focused on safe and productive railroads. Operation Lifesave works on several fronts to ensure that the public continues to be informed about Railway hazards and how to best avoid injury or accidents involving trains. Some of the initiatives include the following.


This group is passionate about taking photos of trains. There has always been a fascination around the railway industry and some of the best photos available are from amateur fans. Operation Lifesaver embraces the passion for trains but warns railfans to avoid getting onto the tracks to get the perfect shot.

Look Listen Live

A promotion underway focuses on the simple task of being aware when you are near a railway. Train safety and education starts with paying attention to the signs of danger. Whether you are cycling, walking or driving a car you need to be alert and watching for the signs of oncoming trains. Due to their size trains appear to be farther away and moving slower than they actually are. Understanding this misperception is one of the most important lessons you can share.

 See Tracks? Think Train!

In Canada and the USA Community Services Organizations are working to identify and mark high risk intersections and pedestrian crossings. These crossings are receiving new sidewalk signs that feature bold warning signs to remind locals to Think about oncoming trains as they follow their daily routines.

Painted directly on the path or sidewalk these signs have great impact for people approaching railway crossings and help to build awareness when it is needed most. CN is helping with this initiative in high risk corridors.

Unfortunately this year has seen an increase in railway injuries in the first three months in Canada. While we work as a whole to improve our safety and awareness it is an excellent time to share the information available from Operation Livesaver during railway Safety Week. Material and educational items are available from their website at  http://operationlifesaver.ca/


A great download is also available at http://operationlifesaver.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/OLV_General_Tip-Sheet.pdf


Across our network, it’s important to remind the public to be hyper-vigilant around railway crossings, and know that any route that includes illegally crossing or using railway tracks is the wrong route. – Ken Marchant, CP Police Chief

Rail Operations Live 2017 Training in Ottawa

Ottawa Canada CHTR

CHTRS is once again delivering courses in our nation’s capital as part of the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) efforts to deliver education and training to individuals who are new to the industry or involved in some capacity with the railway industry. “We’ve been delivering Rail Ops Live together with the RAC and Industry Representatives for 8 years now and it’s proven its’ value, especially with the regulatory audience”, says Paul McGuire, who co-delivers the course along with Dave Armitage of CHTRS.

This is a hands-on 2 1/2 day course that offers practical experience in a real railway environment. In conversation with Dave Armitage, about the course this year in Ottawa he sums up the Rail Ops Live training as,

“This is a great opportunity for individuals involved in our industry to learn more about the safety culture we have. The course is designed to cover a number of work related activities like track inspections, maintenance, switch handling, locomotive operations and train makeup. It will really give the participant an excellent understanding of how our Canadian Rail Operating Rules are applied in a working environment”

The RAC’s website states the need for this type of training,

“The rail sector is in a constant state of change as new technologies, services, and standards continue to emerge. Individuals involved with this industry rely on the RAC to provide the technical and professional information, resources, and services to help them along the way.”

Individuals who are involved in regulation and policy making decisions for railway transportation in Canada will benefit from a deeper understanding of the daily operations and challenges of our Canadian railway systems.

The hands-on course will have participants with little or no rail experience closely supervised while they build a train and learn the proper procedures to safely switch cars.

The RAC continues to receive strong interest in the course from individuals in key industry and government sectors. This includes,

  • Regulatory Officers
  • Policy makers
  • Shippers
  • Suppliers
  • Industrial Railway Operators

The 3 separate courses are scheduled for May 17 –19, August 23-25 and August 30 to Sept 1.  Space is limited to 12 per course so if you’re interested to attend an early registration is advised.

For more information on the RAC Railway Operations Live courses this year in Ottawa please http://www.railcan.ca/news/courses or contact Janet Greene, Manager Outreach, RAC.

Janet Greene



Blair Irwin & Cariboo Rail

Interview with Blair Irwin, President of Cariboo Rail

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We recently had a conversation with Blair Irwin, President of Cariboo Central Railroad Contracting. Cariboo Rail was incorporated in 2003 on the principals of qualify, safety and good honest hard work. Here are some comments from our talk.

Beinfait - BlairWhen did you get started in the Railroad business?

I started back in 1980 with BC Rail. It was an entry level position as a labourer swinging a hammer. I was a hard worker and believe that you should give the company what they’re paying you to do. I was recognized for the hard work and started to get promoted through the rank at BC Rail. It was a good process as they gave you lots of in-house training as you moved up.

I worked right up until 2001 and left BC Rail as the Senior Track Supervisor. We worked with the Engineering department on many multimillion dollar track upgrade project during that time. I was responsible for 250 miles of mainlines, siding and track working out of Williams Lake.

What sparked the desire to start your own Railroad Company?

Back in 2000 there was a lot of change happening in the industry. I was asked to move to head office but did not want to leave the Interior. We also knew that CN was going to take over and that BC Rail was getting out of the private industrial track business. This was going to create a need for contractors with experience to fill the work moving to the private sector. I knew everyone in the industry like the sawmills, mines, transloading facilities and of course the mainline maintenance.

What was the focus in the beginning for Cariboo Rail?

Well I knew that if we kept to some key principals we could build a good business. We have a real focus on doing an excellent job for the customer. We had lived and worked in the BC railroad environment for a long time so we knew the benchmarks and knew we could deliver a better job for the price given the opportunity. We also focused on our service and backed everything we built or maintained. We felt it was important to respond as quickly as possible to problems a customer was having. Something the big guys can’t easily do. I believe that if something goes wrong we have to make it right. If you deliver on the promise for a customer it is more important than making a few extra bucks.

Was there anything unique in those early years that gave you an advantage?

For the most part the work was the same as what we were doing at BC Rail. Still doing a lot of private industrial rail work in BC for maintenance and upgrades. What I did not want to do was become happy with the status quo. It is a huge rail system but a small community that runs it, so keeping a focus on quality was really important to me. I also had to work hard in finding the right people. This was a real challenge to find the experience we needed to fill the jobs we had.

You are now about 140 employees strong was this growth easy to manage?

2014-09-15 10.53.15No, we had grown fairly steady for the first 7 or 8 years but realized we needed to get bigger to be able to handle larger jobs. In 2009 we started to bid on bigger projects after we made the decision to buy equipment. By this time we had a strong reputation for keeping it honest, delivering quality and being a good outfit to work for. We had one of the best safety records around with over 10 years accident free. So the expansion in 2009 was really about finding the right people. We went looking for the best people we could find and now have great talent top to bottom from Foreman, Managers and Operators – they are all top notch.

Back then it was tough when you are turning down work and the phone keeps ringing. We had to bring in the right talent to be able to manage growth. It put a strain on our service work and everyone was really pushed but we did it right and I’m really proud of that. Getting the management in place allowed us to grow successfully these last 6 years.

2013-08-24 12.41.44We heard a lot about building a safety culture at the Industrial Railway Conference. It sounds like you’ve got the same approach at Cariboo Rail?

The Railway industry as a whole has a good culture. We all know we are in it together and there is a culture of support right across the board. For us it is really important because we are only as good as our last job. So we need to be 110% focused on quality and being productive. It is a dangerous industry and you can be working in tough conditions from -30 degrees to +30 degrees and most accidents happen from human error so safety and training is a big deal.

You talked about always sharing your experiences with the younger guys and trying to pass on that knowledge can you talk a little more about this?

Young guys are the key for us, we need to mentor them and teach them everything that we’ve got. Most of our younger guys come from railroading families but they are college educated and have worked outside the industry. Many have worked for the Class 1 rail companies and then move over to us. We have a really strong group of Mid-Management now that have the education and mentoring skills.

Also the in house training is important and we work hard at passing down the knowledge our senior management has. We are lucky we have such good guys at the top.

What’s a new project you are excited about this year?

The new project with AMRT. (Alberta Midland Railway Terminal)

It’s exciting stuff because you get to start from scratch and do it right. Having a clean slate and being able to go in and built it out perfectly is great. It is like art to me to see a perfectly straight track or a perfect switch. There is also an opportunity to build a stronger relationship with Dominion Railway, Northern Plains Rail and R.K. Heggie Grain. This is important to Cariboo as we have a long term focus on our relationships. The size of the project is important but not the big focus, it is in doing the job well and being know for your great service and work that is really important for us.

Rycroft FinishedYou mentioned it’s competitive out there with new outfits showing up, why do you think you got the contract for AMRT?

Well we came to the table with our knowledge and expertise and focus on quality. I think that was a key factor. We also appreciated that we needed to be flexible and work with the ownership group on the construction timeline. The material is landing now and we are really excited to get the first crew started on the first of April. I think another important thing was our relationship with suppliers, we could provide top quality product for a competitive price. I think Alberta Midland recognized that fact.

Where do you see Cariboo Rail in the future – are you expanding?

That’s a good question as we are coming out of this downturn in the oil and gas industry. We are now running about 140 people and working from Manitoba west to BC. We have our Head office in Kelowna, shop and office in Grand Prairie and will open our prairie division in Saskatoon this spring and this should handle what we need for the next while. From a railroad perspective I would like to do more shortline work in the future.

Remember, there has been a trend with new maintenance and contracting companies entering the business to drive down prices. We try to ignore that and keep our focus on quality and the long term view. CN and CP no longer have the people to do the work and these big class 1’s are no longer training the type of worker we need. So the task now is to try and find the senior people and then train and bring the new experts forward. This is really a key focus on our future plans. I want to be the best service provider in Western Canada not necessarily the biggest. So getting the talent is important and surround yourself with the right people is really important. Then our construction and service work will continue to be excellent and we will continue to have satisfied customers.

I can tell you that after 16 years running Cariboo Rail we still do work for every single customer. That’s what I’m most proud of and want to continue. That our hard work and dedication has been paid back with customer loyalty.

On a last word is there anything you would like to see change in the industry?

Bretona Yard 3Well Canada is the third largest rail system in the world but we are still fairly regional. So it would be nice to see a move to a more standardized set of regulations across the country.  Get standardization between provinces and the federal transport group. It would make for a safer environment and an easier set of regulations to work under.

I would also like to see a move to high speed rail and this should happen. It is a good choice for the environment and a better way to move goods and people. We should be upgrading our LRT and expanding the network in our cities and projects like the Calgary to Edmonton rapid transit. That’s long term thinking but I hope it happens.

For more information on Cariboo Central Railroad Contracting or the Alberta Midland Railroad terminal please visit these links.



Alberta Roundhouses

Alberta Heritage Railway Roundhouses

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A “Roundhouse” is a term used to describe a steam-era locomotive servicing facility – built in a semi-circular form – that featured a common lead and turntable to allow access to the individual “stalls” where locomotives were serviced and repaired.

Constructed at important terminals and switching yards, many of the roundhouses across the North American rail network were demolished once railways switched from steam to diesel power.   

In Alberta, through the efforts of dedicated community volunteers, two roundhouse sites of the Canadian Northern Railway continue to survive:

Big Valley Roundhouse – With Big Valley being the divisional point on the Canadian Northern’s Vegreville to Calgary branch, the company constructed a 5 stall roundhouse with its 70 ft turntable in 1912, and in 1918 another 5 stalls where added. The foundations of the turntable, coal dock, and stores building – together with the concrete walls of the roundhouse are now preserved as an Alberta Provincial Historic Resource, complete with interpretive signage to guide the many visitors who arrive each year aboard Alberta Prairie Railway’s popular excursion train operations.   

Hanna RoundhouseHanna Roundhouse – As divisional point on its “Goose Lake Line” between Saskatoon and Calgary, the Canadian Northern started construction on the Hanna roundhouse in 1913.  Originally 10 stalls and a 70 ft turntable were constructed, with 5 additional stalls added in 1919.  The Hanna Roundhouse Society together with the Canadian Northern Society is currently working to preserve and restore this important piece of railway history.  This structure too is a Provincial Historic Resource.

The Big Valley and Hanna Roundhouses are part of the larger collection of buildings preserved by the Canadian Northern Society and its partners in central Alberta.  For further information please see:


If you have the opportunity to visit the Big Valley or Hanna Roundhouses the day trips are well worthwhile.

Building a Strong Safety Culture

Safety for an organization begins with a commitment to creating a Safety Culture at every level of the organization.

railroad safety chtrLast year we had the pleasure of hearing from Fred Shusterich, President of Midwest Energy Resources, at the Industrial Railway Safety Conference on his company’s success at building a safety culture at every level of the organization.

With the start of the new year upon us we thought it might be a good time to review some of the guiding principles of railway safety for Shortline and Industrial railroading.

Here are 10 core elements the Shortline Safety Institute has adopted from the US department of Transportation Safety. These are excellent benchmarks to follow for corporate programs regardless of your company’s size and needs.

A Strong Safety Culture is defined as;

“The shared values, actions, and behaviors that demonstrate a commitment to safety over competing goals and demands.”

1. Leadership Is Clearly Committed to Safety

The importance of leadership in fostering a strong safety culture was clearly indicated by the fact that almost all of the safety culture models explicitly included some mention of leadership commitment to safety. Leaders across all layers of a railroad must model safety-first attitudes and behaviors. Employees learn what the accepted practices are in a railroad by following the examples set by its leaders.

2. The Railroad Practices Continuous Learning

Maintaining a strong safety culture necessitates a learning environment where opportunities to improve safety are continuously sought out and implemented. Railroads must be open to learning from accidents when they do happen and willing to make changes to prevent incidents in the future.

3. Decisions Demonstrate that Safety Is Prioritized Over Competing Demands

One of the most unique elements of an organization with a strong safety culture is that their decision-making processes clearly demonstrate that safety is prioritized over competing demands. Railroads with a strong safety culture will consistently choose safety over performance when faced with the choice of cutting corners to increase performance.

4. Reporting Systems and Accountability Are Clearly Defined

Organizations must ensure that reporting systems and lines of accountability are in place so that safety issues can be promptly identified, fully evaluated, and promptly addressed and corrected commensurate with their significance.

5. There Is a Safety Conscious Work Environment

Maintaining a strong safety culture also requires constant vigilance and an elevated awareness of the importance of safety. Employees should be encouraged to raise safety concerns and provided opportunities to raise concerns through reporting systems and procedures.

6. Employees Feel Personally Responsible for Safety

Employees who feel personally responsible for safety take more ownership in following safety procedures and are also more likely to speak up when they see other employees behaving in an unsafe manner. Personal responsibility empowers employees and helps the entire organization identify and correct risks proactively.

7. There Is Open and Effective Communication Across the Railroad

Employees must feel comfortable communicating to their supervisors about safety issues and communicating with their peers when they see unsafe behaviors. If the railroad is not communicating the importance of safety and encouraging their employees to speak up about safety, then safety risks are more likely to develop and less likely to be addressed before an accident occurs.

8. Mutual Trust Is Fostered Between Employees and the Railroad

One of the cornerstones of any positive organizational culture is trust. Trust among managers, labor representatives, government regulators, and assessors can go a long way to support safety by facilitating open and honest communication and minimizing fears of reprisal. Employees who have developed a relationship of trust with their supervisors may feel more willing to raise safety concerns in novel situations when they are unsure of how the railroad might respond.

9. The Railroad Is Fair and Consistent in Responding to Safety Concerns

Above and beyond having effective reporting procedures and processes in place, the railroad must respond to safety concerns in a manner that employees perceive as fair, just, and consistent. Employees should feel free to raise safety concerns without fear of retaliation.

10. Training and Resources Are Available to Support Safety

Those who manage and operate the system must have current knowledge about the human, technical, organizational, and environmental factors that determine the safety of the system as a whole, and have the tools and equipment available to perform their job duties in the safest manner possible. In addition, the organization must ensure that the personnel, procedures, and other resources needed to ensure safety are available. Understaffing safety-critical positions or not having formal, written procedures for ensuring safety can be just as detrimental as a lack of physical equipment.

At CHTR we are dedicated to provide the best in safety training, education and onsite services to help your organization build a Safety Culture.

Winter brings its own Challenges for Railways

Snow and Ice removal requires a Winter Planwinter railway chtrs

This winter we have been dropped into a cold snap that has been accompanied by a consistent snowfall. When prolonged period of minus zero occur we often have to deal with ice build up on the rails. Ice and snow compacted into switches, frogs and crossing can be cause for accidents, near misses and derailments.

Ice can occur from snow being compressed and of course mud buildup that freezes when temperatures are cold. There are several things to consider in winter conditions.  In this article we will take a look at safety precautions and recommendations for winter hazards.

Here are several great recommendations taken from the BC Safety Authority website

Winter brings snow and ice hazards which can cause derailments and near misses. Here are some tips to prevent incidents caused by winter weather conditions.

  • Have a winter plan. Focus on important issues before the snow arrives. This should include inspecting and keeping track and walking areas free of debris and tripping hazards.
  • Keep all switches clear of snow, ice and debris. This includes the area where crews stand to throw switches.
  • Keep switch points clear of snow, ice and debris. Several derailments have been caused by ice and snow restricting the points from closing properly.
  • Keep crossing flange ways clear of snow, ice and debris at all times. Vehicular traffic can compress and harden snow and ice in flange ways. This can cause a possible derailment from rail wheels riding up on hard, compact snow and ice as the rail equipment enters the crossing.
  • Avoid creating close clearances when removing snow. Make sure right of way is wide enough to allow crew members to move about. Serious injuries can occur due to restricted clearances.
  • Crews should be reminded daily of the hazards associated with the ever changing conditions.
  • Watch for snow and ice that can slip from adjacent roof tops.
  • Inspect your track area before being serviced by train crews and inform them of any hazards created by snow and ice build up.
  • If heavy equipment is used for snow removal, ensure restricted clearance and derail signs have not been buried or run over.
  • Derailments can result from derails and stop blocks that are not visible.
  • Be aware of melting snow. Pools of water can create tripping hazards or ice conditions when it freezes.
  • Allow more time for switching. Your crews and your service providers will require more time to do their job safely.

There are a several deicer and snow melting products on the market that are designed for commercial use. These include products used by municipalities and transportation departments and include Ice Free Switch by Midwest Industries, PolyMelt by Syntech Products and Cryotech’s CF7 amongst others.

Snow and Ice removal is a recommended practice for all railroad safety strategies. Look to your local authorities for more information on recommendations.

Historic Trains #1077 at Fort Steele

Fort Steele Railway Company.

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If you are visiting the East Kootenay and have an opportunity to ride the Historic Fort Steele Railway it is a terrific experience. You travel through the beautiful countryside on a 1923 steam train. The railway is situated in the Fort Steele Heritage Town 16 KM north of Cranbrook. Fort Steele is a National Historic Site of Canada and was founded in 1864.

1077 fort steel cabThe train features a Montreal Locomotive Works 2-6-2 locomotive. It was originally built as a wood burning locomotive for the logging industry in BC. The train was bought by Cathels & Sorenson in Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island and later worked in Chamainus for the Victoria Lumber and Manufacturing Company which was later bought by MacMillan Bloedel. MacBlo sold the engine to the Government of BC for its historic significance.

The train was rebuilt by Herb Hawkins at the Drake Street Roundhouse in Vancouver. In 1989 it was moved to Fort Steele to replace the 115 Shay locomotive which is still on display there. The train began operations in 1992 and has been running the Fort Steele Railway ever since.

fortsteele1077trainviewThe Fort Steele Railway is a trip back in time along a 4 km long track that loops above the Kootenay River. The ride features a short stop where the St Mary river joins the Kootenay river. It is a perfect way to experience what it must have been like back in the days of steam trains. The ride is very affordable with tickets ranging from $7 to $12 dollars. There is also a good collection of other railway equipment on display from the Steam era at the museum.

From Preserved! Steam Locomotives website here are a few stats.

Type: 2-6-2
Builder: Montreal Locomotive Works
Number: 65337
Year Built: 1923
Weight: approx 90 tons with full tender
Current Owner: Government of British Columbia
Use: logging/museum train/movies/rides
Current Status: Operational


The #1077 has also appeared in many movies including The Grey Fox, The Journey of Natty Gann, and Shanghai Noon. It has also appeared on TV on Dead Man’s Gun, Arby’s commercial, the History channel and National Geographic special.

Fort Steele is open year round but the train only runs in the Summer months from mid June to the first week in September.

Blue Flag Requirements

When is a Blue Flag Required.

Blue flag protection must be in place anytime persons are working on or around railway cars when…

  1. blueflagTransloading dangerous goods
  2. Transloading non-dangerous goods
  3. When inspecting railway equipment
  4. Repairing railway equipment

and any other situation where persons could be at risk of an unintended movement.  The regulatory requirements for the use of blue flag protection can be  found in the Alberta Industrial Railway Regulations:

  • Schedule 1 Industrial Railway Operating Rules, Signal Rules Section 8 Blue Flag Protection
  • Schedule 7 Industrial Railway Transfer of Dangerous Goods Rules Section 12 Sign Required.

In addition to the blue flag protection, when transloading dangerous goods, a locked derail is required to protect the loading area.

For other dangerous goods rail requirements please refer to Schedule 7 Industrial Railway Transfer of Dangerous Goods Rules.

The Polar Express & the Alberta Prairie Railway

All aboard! The next stop…  the North Pole!



This year in Stettler Alberta a very special experience awaits children of all ages. From Dec 1st to the 21st on special weeknights and weekends a magical train ride to the North Pole occurs on The Polar Express.

Your first class ticket takes you on a round trip to the North Pole with departures from Stettler at 4 PM and 6 PM respectfully. Your family will experience the magic of the Warner Brothers Christmas Classic receiving delicious hot chocolate and cookies from the onboard chefs and arriving safe and sound at the North Pole just in time to meet Santa. Those under 12 years of age will receive the First Gift Of Christmas on the trip back to Stettler.

This real life adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express is an amazing memory to share with family and friends and the entire production took an incredible amount of hard work and effort by Alberta Prairie Steam Tours.

We talked to Della Harris from Alberta Prairie about this year’s preparations. Here are a few comments to give you an inside look at what is involved in a Warner Brothers experience this close to the North Pole.

The planning for the production began in April and construction and preparations began in August this year. The train ride is a true experience that recreates many of the magical moments on The Polar Express. Here are a few details;

  • Alberta Prairie has baked 9500 Chocolate Chip cookies, all officially 3.5 inch in diameter
  • 93 commercial size tins of hot chocolate have been purchased
  • Up to 12,000 mugs of hot chocolate will be served
  • All seats are first class and each passenger will receive a mug as a souvenir
  • 24 APR employees are involved and supported by 50 cooks, elves, helpers and of course Santa himself
  • The train is decorated with approx 5000 feet of lights and 1300 feet of garland
  • 54 Sheets of plywood have been used to recreate the North Pole and all of the wonderful brick buildings used in the scenes
  • Santa’s Sleigh has been built and includes a huge 12 foot diameter bag of toys
  • A special 35 foot Christmas tree has been planted at the North Pole and will be lit up and decorated in gold

Della says the best part of the experience so far has been the amazing effort by everyone getting ready to see The Polar Express in action. We are sure that the experience of seeing children’s faces fill with wonder and joy will make it all worthwhile.

Alberta Prairie Railway provides the Holiday season with this delightful 1 hour train ride from their railway station in Stettler, Alberta. Just 1 hour east of Red Deer and approx 2 1/2 Hours from Calgary and Edmonton. Come wind, rain, snow or hail The Polar Express will take you on a wonderful train ride guaranteed to make you BELIEVE in the Christmas spirit.

Location and Map

The Alberta Prairie Railway recommends coming ½ hour early to ensure a smooth departure because you know The Polar Express is always on time. Please call to book early 403-742-2811. They are located at 4712 47 Ave, Stettler.

The nights of December 16, 17, 18 are already sold out so please visit their website for more details at


And read more about the amazing train ride at

their FAQ PAGE