Train No. 25 with coal fired steam locomotive 5617 at Rumsey, Alberta. ©photo G.F. Fowler


The East Central Alberta Heritage Society was formed in 1997 to preserve and protect the property that was the railway right of way between Edberg and Morin Alberta.  When the railway tracks were removed from the property it was made available to the local municipalities who in turn sold it to the East Central Alberta Heritage Society.


Using a combination of donations, grants and debt financing, the society purchased all of the rights of way from Edberg in the north to Morrin in the south. Twenty Two miles of rail remains in place between Stettler and Big Valley and is leased to Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions  who offer tourist train excursion services. Short stretches rights of way in the communities of Meeting Creek, Donalda, Stettler, Big Valley and Rowley were not included in the purchase and are owned by the Canadian Northern Society, Alberta Prairie, Villages of Donalda and Big Valley and the Rowley Community Assoc.


It  is the intention of the East Central Alberta Heritage Society to rebuild the rail north from Stettler to Red Willow, and Donalda. This dream will take time and a great deal of money. The Society has also developed a number of parks on the property and made it available for non-motorised public use. 


We believe that with proper management of the property, and controlled access,  it can be protected for future generations. 


Society meetings are held on the last Monday of each month at the Stettler Regional Board of Trade offices.

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Our Statements

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The East Central Alberta Heritage Society is dedicated to the preservation, protection and showcasing of railway and community heritage for the benefit, education and enjoyment of the general public.

Our Vision is to preserve and maintain our Historical Railway Corridor by creating non-invasive tourism activities through self-sustaining business practices.



To relay rail on rights of way owned by the Society and to develop and maintain our linear park system.

Learn more about our heritage preservation and recreational opportunities.
Contact ECAHS today.