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.
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 email@example.com. 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your request.
We look forward to seeing you on the rails when things relax and it is safe to do so.
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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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.
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