February 15th, 2017 by lenlarue No comments »

 Editor’s Note:  I have no idea what has happened to most of the pictures throughout the site!  I accessed the AVR site to do some editing of current info, and noticed they were gone.  I can’t figure out how to get them back…


       A few of us continue to show up at the AVR on most Wednesday & Saturday afternoons to do some work & share stories over a cool one.
The 2 cabooses (cabeese?) are  finally completed!  Gil did most of the wood work in his workshop, and Ed scored all the board lines to simulate siding.  Gil & Ed did most of the main assembly & Vic helped out with various parts of the project.  All the details have been added/fabricated/painted – Len fabricated the hand rails (mostly from coat hanger wire), all end details including the ladders, 8 stair sets, and the undercarriage details.  Castings were used for window frames, brake control components & hand rail attachment details.  We chose different colour schemes to make each caboose unique visually.

Cosmetic repairs have been completed on GP9 3001 – all the hand-rails are now reattached, and Len fabricated & installed new vertical door hand rails on F7 6109 (2 had vanished, & 1 was damaged).

Vic & Len have been working to sort out the problem of steam oil not getting to the left cylinder on 2365 – the cylinder seized up with rust over last winter. We thought we had it fixed by re-plumbing the steam oil feeds, but after running at an Open House last fall, the cylinder was seized again this winter!  This is an ongoing project!!  We tried out thicker Teflon in the cylinder drain cocks, as the original ones were too thin & suffered early failures, and we seem to have solved the problem!

Repairs are still ongoing to the dolly-moving winch – Len is working on this, with help & advice from Vic.

Len & Vic are working on designing & building the Tank Car kit, started several years ago by Frank.  (This project has been on hold while the cabooses were built & 2365 was worked on…)

Barry shows up for moral support.  Richard & Gordon are also fairly regular on Saturdays, with Richard doing a yeoman’s job on re-ballasting last summer/fall!

This year the AGM was held on Saturday, February 11, from 1:00 to ~2:40 in the AVR Station.  All paid-up Members were welcome, and some paid at the meeting!  Copies of the minutes are e-mailed to AVR members.

The club no longer maintains a Station phone number, but e-mail, cell phone, and postal contact information is kept  up-to-date on the Contact page.  So, if you try and ring the old number and find it disconnected, it doesn’t mean we’ve gone away – come out and see for yourself on a Members’ Work Day or Public Open House/Rails.


The AVR will continue with the 2nd full weekend of each month, from June through October:
June 10/11
July 8/9
August 12/13
September 9/10
October 14/15

Saturdays: 11:00 – 5:00   Sundays: 1:00 – 5:00
Tickets:  1 ride – $2,  12 ride pass – $20 (good for any AVR Public Event)    2 & under ride free
(All minors must be accompanied by an adult)

AVR DINNER TRAIN WEEKEND:  September 16/17, 2017

        The AVR re-introduced the Fall Dinner Train Weekend in 2015, but we were unable to follow-up in 2016, having no way to process Credit Cards!  This weekend is happening again, on the 3rd weekend in September, 2017!

As before, participants eat on the train, 2 people to a car, up to 16 people per train.   The meal starts with refreshments (soft drink, coffee, tea, or water), nibblies, & a fresh tossed salad with choice of dressing, for the first loop around the track.  The main course is a deluxe hamburger platter (or a hot dog platter for kids), consumed over 2 loops.  Dessert is pie with ice cream or whipped cream, or a dish of ice cream, for the 4th loop.  Each meal lasts about an hour.

Cost is $15 for adults & $12 for kids.  Reservations must made and paid for by credit card, for specific times on a “first come first served basis”, with trains leaving about every 1 1/2 hours.
Saturday, September 16:  12:00, 1:30, 3:00 & 4:30 (Members only:  6:00 & 7:30)
Sunday, September 17:  1:00, 2:30 & 4:00 (Members only:  5:30)

To reserve your time(s) and pay by Credit Card, phone Len at 204-832-3448,
or see him at the August or September Open House Weekends.



The AVR crew is very pleased to again offer afternoon rides, 1:00 – 4:00, in the 2017 Christmas season:
Saturday & Sunday, December 16/17
 Saturday & Sunday December 23/24
   Saturday & Sunday, December 30/31 

Come and enjoy riding through our snow-clad forest – there is no Light Display, but it is quite a different experience from the summer rides!  We hope for another Christmas of un-seasonably warm weather!  The only time we can’t run is during or right after a major snow storm!

Check out a great video from Christmas 2015 on YouTube from City TV’s “Wheeler in the Morning”:

Interested in becoming an AVR Member?

We have application forms in the Station Building. Please contact one of the members or Executive, best done at the AVR, and we will explain the categories, etc.  Annual Individual Associate Memberships are $20, Annual Family Memberships are $30.

Edit Your Bookmark for the AVR

June 19th, 2014 by lenlarue No comments »

This new AVR website is found at http://www.assiniboinevalleyrailway.org/.  If you got here by going to the old website, you might want to update your bookmarks with the new address – easy to remember, slightly harder to type.

All the old content was archived and is now available here!  Go to the Top Menu, click on “Old Pictures/History”, then on the hyperlink “old website content”.

Club Members:  If you would like to have input to the site, please contact Len La Rue, President, AVR at 204-832-3448 or send e-mail to president@assiniboinevalleyrailway.org.