News and Updates

A Partnership that Gives Back to the Community

January 27, 2022

In November the Battle River Railway passenger car was pulled out of storage, dusted off and decorated in lights and festive decor for guests to once again have an opportunity to climb aboard.  Throughout the holiday season, Battle River Railway and Friends of Battle River Railway volunteers partnered to offer short train rides in each town, with cost of admission by donation and BRR pledging to match all donations for the Flagstaff Food Bank and the Rosalind Ag Society Self Help Shelf. 

The first train run was held November 26 in conjunction with Forestburg’s Light Up the Night event.  The second was on December 11 for Santa Daze in Alliance.  On December 22, the train headed west with stops in Heisler and Rosalind to bring festivities to two more communities on the rail line.  Over 300 visitors joined us on the train throughout these 4 events.  Their generous donations and the donations of BRR staff giving their time for these runs, matched dollar for dollar by BRR, resulted in a total of $6334 for the Flagstaff Food Bank and $1020 for the Rosalind Ag Society Self Help Shelf. 

Friends of Battle River Railway volunteers hosted guests on the train, spreading Christmas cheer, giving them a taste of what they’d experience on a Battle River Train Excursion.  Santa was on the train too, along with his elves.   These community train runs would not have been possible without the collaboration between Battle River Railway Board and their staff, Friends of the Battle River Railway volunteers and the communities along the railway that allowed us to bring the train to their community events.  By bringing people together, creating memories and a magical night for our train travellers, the community runs helped to fill the shelves for these essential organizations in our communities and we are grateful to those who came along for the ride.

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Santa Daze in Alliance - Local Community Runs

December 7, 2021

Spend Saturday, December 11th with us at Santa Daze in Alliance! Friends of the Battle River Railway is teaming up with Battle River Railway to offer

mini community train runs while the train is in Alliance for those who have come to the event by car. The fee for these community mini train runs is a cash donation for the Flagstaff Food Bank.  All proceeds collected during this excursion and the mini train runs on Saturday, December 11th will be matched by Battle River Railway.  You make make a cash donation upon your arrival or by etransfer.  E-Transfers can be sent directly to the Food Bank, send email to Just put "FBRR Train Ride" in the memo line of your e-transfer and tell us the amount you donated.

Mini Community Train runs are scheduled for 2:30 pm and 3:00 pm.

Details of the Day:

We wanted to give you a bit more information to help make Saturday a fantastic day for you and yours.  Here are our plans for the day:

2:00 Train Arrives at Alliance for Santa Daze
2:00 pm Christmas Market & meet Santa at the Alliance Community Hall.
3:00 pm happenings at The Sports Multiplex (Arena) include Turkey Toss (Groups of10) Entry fee $2.00 per toss. And Library will be hosting a Craft Station at the Arena. Create your own Christmas Tree Decorations!  

***Don't forget your skates! If the ice is suitable, there will be free skating at the arena.  

5:00 The Parade of Lights on Main Street followed by the giant bonfire with free hot dog & smokies roast, 
6:00 Fireworks before getting on the Trailers for a ride back to the Train!

6:15 Trailers leave bonfire to go back to train.  The Alliance Station, former Lineman’s House which will be open to for you to board the train 
6:30 Train Departs Alliance

*Times are subject to slight changes due to weather conditions.  

Catch the spirit of Christmas on our magical Christmas Train!

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Light Up the Night in Forestburg

November 18, 2021

Get in the Christmas Spirit on Friday, November 26 and Light Up Downtown! The Village of Forestburg is hosting a Light up the Night in the Burg on November 26, starting at 5 pm in Downtown Forestburg.

Come out and join the Fire Department for free hot dogs, hot chocolate, and cookies at the Fire Hall. If you are thinking of joining the Fire Department, then this is your chance to learn more! Forestburg Fire Department is currently looking for new members. The Fire Department will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, or send them an email at

After enjoying hot dogs and other goodies in the Fire Hall, head down to The Station and take a train ride with Friends of the Battle River Railway and Battle River Railway! Masks and proof of vaccination required to ride the train. Friends of the Battle River Railway will be on hand to get you on the train. Fee to ride is a cash donations to the Flagstaff Food Bank. Or if you prefer to send an e-transfer directly to the Food Bank, send email to

Just put "FBRR Train Ride" in the memo line of your e-transfer and tell us the amount you donated. Battle River Railway has offered to match all cash donations made by the public! We will be sending the donation to the food bank in January. So let's fill the Flagstaff Food Bank shelves in the New Year.

Saturday, November 27th is the Forestburg Christmas Market from 10 am - 2 pm at the Forestburg Community Centre (5402 - 50 Ave West). Vendors for the market include: Christmas Crafts, Johnny K Jerky, Baking, Battle River Alpacas, Forestburg Library, Golden Prairie 4-H, Tea, Candles, Sports Memorabilia, Arbonne, Crochet and Knitting and much more.

Pick up your "Passport to the Market" at participating retailers prior to Saturday, November 27th. Get 10 stamps on your card, then enter to win at the Christmas Market on Saturday, November 27th. Draw will be at 1:45 pm. For full details about these events or a list of participating retail store front businesses visit the Village of Forestburg's website and Facebook page.

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Save the Date: Annual General Meeting

October 6, 2021

Friends of the Battle River Railway (FBRR) has set the date for our Annual General Meeting. This will be held on Monday, November 15th, 2021 at 7:00pm at The Station (5009-50th Avenue, Forestburg, AB). Public is welcome to attend.

There has been a lot of activity at the Station with the construction of the new addition to the west of the building. When completed this will be the new home for Battle River Railway. Construction is well underway, and on time. This project has been made possible through a Community Facilities Enhancement Grant from Government of Alberta. Attendees at our AGM will be able to look at the blueprint plans for the building and get an update.

Are you interested in getting more involved with your community? Do you have a skill or talent you would like to offer for service to your community? We are currently accepting nominations for 2 At-Large members to the Board of Directors. Not interested in serving on the board, there are a number of committees that you can get involved with behind the scenes.

Committees are:

  • Runs Committee: This committee is responsible for planning and executing our train excursions.
  • Rolling Stock Committee: This committee is responsible for the maintenance of our train consist.
  • Building Committee: This committee looks after the Station and loading sites.
  • Fundraising Committee: This committee is responsible for looking for and planning fundraising activities, this include our biannual Gala Fundraiser, bingo events and of course seeking grant opportunities
  • Marketing Committee: This committee is responsible for the marketing and promotion activities, advertising opportunities and reviewing what we are currently doing and it's effectiveness.
  • Volunteer Committee: This committee is responsible for engaging with our current roster of volunteers and growing our team.

Each of these committees have representatives on the Board of Directors.

The full agenda for the AGM will be available on our website after Thanksgiving. Please check back for more detail then.

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Update on June 20th Historic Heisler Train Excursion

June 9, 2021


We had been hopeful that with the Alberta Summer Open plan we would be able to hold this train excursion as planned.  However, although Alberta is slated to move into Stage 2 of the Summer Open Plan and restrictions are being relaxed. The province is not yet to the point where our train excursions can run as scheduled.  

We regret that our June Train Excursion will not be running.   But we remain hopeful that by August, Alberta should be in Stage 3 of the Alberta Open for Summer Plan and as such all restrictions will be lifted and we can once more resume our train excursions as scheduled for the rest of the year.

If you purchased a ticket on our June 20th Historic Heisler Train Excursion, you can request a transfer to our August 9th A Day on The Train Excursion, which is a repeat of the June run. To do so please drop us an email at to submit your request.

We look forward to seeing you on the rails when things relax and it is safe to do so.

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Update on 2021 Train Excursions

May 25, 2021


Our 2021 Train Excursion schedule is in place. For full details on the excursions and when these are planned, please visit our Excursion Page. We have planned out the schedule for the rest of the year, but at this time that is all it is -- a plan. Until things improve with COVID-19 pandemic, our train schedule is on hold. Tickets for future excursions are still on sale. However, until we are out of lock down, no train excursions will be running. We are hopeful that things will improve so we can once again ride the rails and offer unique family outings to our guests. We do expect things will be different and that we will have make accommodations. Despite all that, we do look forward to the coming months.

We were able to run an excursion in April, Shake Off Winter Train Excursion just before lock down, although we were not able to do all elements of the excursion as planned, our guests enjoyed the outing with the modifications we made.

We are all looking forward to being able to ride the rails with you again in the near future. In the meantime, please enjoy the slide show of the April Excursion. We look forward to being able to once again offer a unique family train experience to all our guests.

Until then, stay safe and healthy.

All the best,

Friends of the Battle River Railway

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Discover A Host of Characters on the Rails.

May 18, 2020

Discover an array of characters with you ride the rails with Battle River Train Excursions.

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You Never Know Who You'll Meet!

April 27, 2020

You never know who you'll meet when you ride the rails with Battle River Train Excursions. Stay safe and healthy, then join us once we are through this crisis! It's the Experience.

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Good Friends, Food & Conversation!

May 11, 2020

Good friends, food and conversation, there's nothing better. It's the Experience with Battle River Train Excursions. We hope to see you on the rails!

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Take a Step Back In Time

May 4, 2020

Take a step back in time, when you ride the rails with Battle River Train Excursions. Savour the moments and enjoy the ride.

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Music, Fun & Conversation

May 25, 2020

Music, fun and conversation can be found on the rails with Battle River Train Excursions.

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It's Yours to Discover

April 27, 2020

It's all yours to discover on Battle River Train Excursions. Stay safe and stay healthy so we can once again ride the rails in Rural Alberta.

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Spring Winds are Blowing

April 21, 2020

Spring winds are blowing, and before we know it summer sun will be shining upon us! Stay safe and healthy so we can all ride the rails together this summer with Battle River Train Excursions.

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It's the Experience

April 23, 2020

There is no better way to enjoy rural Alberta than by rail. With Battle River Train Excursions It's the Experience!

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Valentines Train Cancelled

January 27, 2020

Due to circumstances out of our control we are unable to run this excursion as planned. All guests who purchased tickets will be contacted by our staff.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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Partnership for the Arts

March 1, 2019

Friends ofthe Battle River Railway partners with W.H. Webb and Joe Hartung for a fantastic night for The Arts in Forestburg.

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Local Businesses Sponsor

March 2, 2019

Local businesses sponsor Battle River Train Exucursions train runs, thank them by patronizing their businesses.  

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FBRR Wins!

March 3, 2019

Friends of the Battle River Railway receives Wynn McLean Rural Tourism Award at the 2019 Growing rural Tourism Conference in Camrose.

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Volunteers are Key

November 19, 2018

Our volunteers are key to our success. Thank you to Caroline Boddy & Battle River Railway for partnering to design and create escape rooms for local students Grades 1-9 to enjoy.

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Battle River Trains is on TV

June 1, 2018

Battle River Train Excursions featured on CBC TV’s “Our Edmonton” hosted by Adrienne Lamb. Click here to view the video.

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Contact Information

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Battle River Train Excursions is run by the Friends of the Battle River Railway, a registered not-for-profit organization.