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Our Biggest Challenge Yet!

The Friends of the Battle River Railway are thrilled with the success of our four Canada 150 excursions.

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August 12 and August 13 were called Old Time Market Days. We were able to bring over 150 people to enjoy Forestburg’s Canada 150 celebration. We were also able to bring the Maskwacis Performers and Beth Portman and the Good Find Band to the Village for the enjoyment of all. Our passengers enjoyed a gourmet picnic lunch supplied by Forestburg’s very own, Darcy Jahns Catering. Special thanks to the hard work of Jody Pettigrew in coordinating so well with our group and thanks to the Village of Forestburg for putting on such a top notch weekend.



On August 19, we hosted a Family Fun Excursion. Ticket prices were kept very low to accommodate our families. We travelled from Forestburg to Heisler, enjoyed old fashioned games at the Heisler Ball Diamonds, went to the Rec Centre for bowling, face painting, an old time photo booth and an amazing snack prepared by the Heisler Hotel. We were able to sponsor 30 people who are members of foster families in our area. We were very privileged to be able to give back to these families who don’t have the funds to participate in activities such as this very often.

August 20 brought the Great Battle River Train Robbery. This run started in Alliance, was held up at gun point in Galahad and then travelled onto Heisler for an amazing meal at the Heisler Hotel. The passengers all travelled home with full bellies and empty pockets. Special thanks to Caroline Boddy and the rest of her notorious Gopher Gang for such a great job holding up the train.

The Friends of the Battle River Railways are so happy to have been able to add to our fleet an Open Air Car. Hundreds of volunteer hours went into this project and the outcome is fantastic. Our passengers are now able to move freely from our passenger car to the open air car to our caboose.
We hosted people from England, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and all points in Alberta.
All of this excitement would not be possible without the many, many volunteer hours of our Board. These four runs took a lot of work and our Board handled it like pros. If anyone is interested in becoming involved, we would love to have you. Come join the fun.

A Mighty Little Village

The Friends of the Battle River Railway could not be more pleased with the excellent job that the Village of Alliance has done with providing a meeting place for our passengers in their Village. They have restored a foreman’s residence and moved it beside the tracks. It looks just great. We love the long bench along the back side (donated by Peter and Dianne Dammann) for our passengers to have a nice rest. Congratulations Alliance volunteers and Museum on a job well done. You all are appreciated. Our next upcoming Excursion to leave from Alliance is on August 20, The Great Battle River Train Robbery. See our Welcome page or Purchase Tickets page for more information

We have great support!

Thank you to Sunny 94 radio station and Lacombe online for the great coverage of our four August Excursions. We appreciate you taking the time to promote our grassroots regional tourism endeavours.

A New Media Sponsor

Battle River Train Excursions is “pleased as punch” to welcome 840 CFCW on board as our media sponsor for our August excursions.  We appreciate them believing in our grass roots regional tourism ambitions.  Listen for our ads on CFCW.

The Friends of the Battle River Railway with Alberta’s Country Legend, 840 CFCW!

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Morgan Brown Photograpy

We were very please with the work of Morgan Brown Photography who did eggs-cellent work on our Easter Excursion.  If you are interested in viewing her work visit:

She gave out business cards with the access code to access the site, this was done because she took photos of children and wanted the photos to stay protected.  You can purchase photos directly from Morgan.  You are going to want to have a look, she got some fabulous photos!

Easter Eggs-travaganza a huge hit!

What a great day on the rails we had for the Easter Eggs-travaganza, on April 8.  Our SOLD OUT day began at 2pm with crafts, games, real bunnies, face painting and balloon animals at the “Station.”  We then jumped on the train and traveled 1/2 hour from Forestburg to Galahad.  While onboard, we had “bunny food” (veggies and dip) and practiced a song called the Bunny Rabbit Boogie, in hopes of being able to persuade a very shy Easter Bunny to tell us where he had hidden his eggs.  Once we all got off the train, we sang that song again and the Easter Bunny really appeared and led us 2 blocks down Main Street Galahad to the Galahad Care Centre, where we waved at the Gramma and Grandpa’s and hunted for eggs.  The Easter Bunny gave lots of high fives and hugs.  We then boarded the train back to Forestburg.  We relaxed and ate “Bunny Chow.”  When we arrived, the Easter Bunny was at the “Station” and everyone was able to get a picture.  It was a another fabulous days on the rails in rural Alberta!

We are hiring!

Employment Opportunity

Friends of the Battle River Railway is recruiting for the temporary part‐time position of: Business Coordinator

Summary of Position

The Business Coordinator is responsible for handling all aspects of business operations and providing administrative support to the Friends of the Battle River Railway.

Key responsibilities include: 

Meeting agenda preparation, minutes and follow‐up for all Board and Committee meetings. 

Serve as the primary contact for all customer inquiries and ticket sales. 

Assist with the preparation of the annual budget, year‐to‐date actuals and annual statistics. 

Maintain all records and documents. 

Source potential grant funding opportunities and complete all applications and follow‐up reporting. 

Assist with coordinating all Board initiatives, including, but not limited to: marketing campaigns, ticket sales, budget management, grant funding and coordinating train excursions.

Qualifications 

One (1) year post secondary education in business/office administration or equivalent experience. 

Excellent customer service skills to communicate effectively with customers in a diplomatic, positive and professional manner. 

Previous experience completing grant applications and applying for external funding. 

Previous experience working for or serving on a Board of Directors is considered an asset. 

Previous experience planning and coordinating marketing campaigns is considered an asset. 

Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications. 

Proficiency in Social Media applications, as well as the ability to maintain and update a website. 

Ability to develop clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials, with excellent communication, organizational and accuracy skills. 

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, including the ability to work cooperatively in a team environment as well as independently. 

Ability to perform a variety of tasks and prioritize the use of time to meet deadlines.

The job posting is also accessible online; please visit our website at

If you are interested in applying for this position, please e‐mail a copy of your resume along with a cover letter to Shara Lynn Weller at

Thank you to all applicants for your interest in this position; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Position Type:

Temporary part‐time Hours of Work: Approximately 35 hours per month Salary Range: $18.00 ‐ $21.00 per hour, depending on applicant qualifications.

Closing Date: To remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Our First Big Contest!

Our first big contest ended on February 20.  Passengers on our February 12 Valentine’s Excursion were asked to post photos on our Facebook page and add the hashtag #FBRR.  The winner would be given two tickets on our “All The World’s A Stage” excursion on March 5.  Thank you to all who participated.  We look forward to welcoming the winning couple on March 5 on our excursion from Kelsey to Forestburg.  #FBRR