Iron Horse Park
The Sunday of the "May Long" weekend marks the annual opening to the public of the next running season. Bring your family. Bring your friends. Come and experience an interpretive journey on the 1.6 km of track which is currently operational. Another 0.5 km of track was also completed in 2016 and will occasionally be available on public run days. This depends mostly on the availability of crews and volunteers.
We are open to the public every Sunday between 11:00AM and 4:00PM (LAST TRAIN LEAVES AT 3:45), weather permitting, until the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend in October. We are, 100%, a volunteer organization and as such, the park is, unfortunately, NOT open to the public on Saturdays or weekdays except for special events as detailed below or as announced on our main page.
Admission to the park is free. The cost of journeys is $3.00 each. Ticket Bundles of 8 for $20.00 and 25 for $50.00 are also available. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Debit cards at the register! Cash is still accepted as well. :-) Children 2 years of age and under ride for free but must be accompanied by an adult.
Also note that private events can be booked on Sundays. See the "Birthday/Events" tab above for details.
In addition to being open "every Sunday", we are also open on the following "special" days.
|Date||Event||Hours of operations|
|Monday, February 17, 2020,|
|Annual Frostbite Run, Family Day||11:00AM to 4:00PM
|Saturday & Sunday|
April 18 & 19, 2020
|We are NOT at the park but|
Come see us at Supertrain at the Genesis Center
|9:00AM to 5:00PM
|Every Sunday from May 17|
to October 11, 2020
Opening postponed to August 2
due to COVID-19
|Public Open days||11:00AM to 4:00PM|
|Wednesday, July 1, 2020
|Canada Day. We are open on this Holiday||11:00AM to 4:00PM|
|Sunday, July TBD, 2020
|Steam Day.||11:00AM to 4:00PM|
|Sunday, August TBD, 2020
|G-Scale Day Members from other clubs will be |
encouraged to bring &run their trains for public viewing.
|11:00AM to 4:00PM|
|Sunday, October 25, 2020
|Halloween Fund Raiser for the Airdrie Food Bank
and likely one additional charity TBD.
|11:00AM to 4:00PM
|Additional events may be posted as they are scheduled over the season.
Check here and on our main page.
Our first Halloween Run / Airdrie FoodBank Fundraiser was held in 2016. We were graced with exceptionally good weather (almost 17°C). We collected some 200 grocery bag equivalents, including $200 in donations.
In 2017, despite cold temperatures and very high winds, the event was even more successful.That day we hosted the second largest ridership attendance of the season. Attendees contributed 1,050 lbs of food (about 190 grocery bag equivalents valued at $2,700) PLUS $266 in donations.
In 2018, the weather cooperated and the event was the most succesful yet. That day we hosted the largest ever 1-day ridership. We collected 1,348 lbs of food valued at $3,505). We also donated our ticket sales (rounded up to an even $1,000) to the Lioness Club Christmas Hamper program.
In 2019, the weather was decent. We collected 625 lbs of food valued at $1,625 PLUS $146 in donations for The Airdrie Food Bank, Veterans support. We also donated our ticket sales (topped up to an even $1,000) to the Food for Thought, School Nutrition Community partnership, Airdrie. Funds were directed to Airdrie's Muriel Clayton Middle School "Clipper Café" program where students in need have a safe and welcoming place to enjoy healthy and nutritious foods.
We are extremely grateful to all visitors who participated.
All events were lots of fun and saw some pretty amazing costumes. It was wonderful to see those happy smiling faces coming out for our last run of the year. We hope to continue this tradition in 2020 where will be free journeys for people in costume or those bringing food bank donation.