August 7th, 2015 by Len LaRue No comments »


       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.
We are well into the building of the 2 cabooses that have been planned for several years – work on this project has been taking place at the AVR, with Gil doing most of the wood work in his workshop!  Ed has gouged all the board lines to simulate siding.  Vic & Len have also helped out with various parts of the project.
Cosmetic repairs have been completed on GP9 3001 – all the hand-rails are now reattached!
Repairs are being made to the dolly-moving winches which have been damaged for several years!  Len is working on this, with help & advice from Vic.
New snow has been cleared from the sidewalks, and from the track outside the Station, so we can move the 2 diesels out when needed (eg. for the AGM).
Barry shows up for moral support, and Richard has been seen…

2016 AVR AGM

       This year the AGM will be held on Saturday, February 27, from 1:00 to ~3:00, in the AVR Station.  All paid-up Members are welcome, and if you haven’t paid your 2016 dues by then, come out anyway & pay at the meeting!


     The AVR crew was very pleased to offer afternoon rides on the weekends around Christmas, 2015: December 19 & 20,   December 26 (Boxing Day) & 27, & January 2 & 3, Saturdays & Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00.
Lots of people of all ages (and a few well-behaved dogs!) enjoyed the rides through our snow-clad forest – quite a different experience from the summer rides!  The un-seasonably warm weather was delightful, and the snow clearing wasn’t too onerous.
A big thank you goes out to all the guests who supported the AVR, and  especially to the AVR Members who helped out – we celebrated the success of this event over a delicious order-in Chinese dinner in the Station.

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


The AVR will likely continue with the 2nd full weekend of each month, from June through October, plus the 4th weekends in July & August.  Final decisions & dates will be set at the AVR AGM in February, 2016.

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

Dinner Trains Waiting at Charleswood Station

The AVR re-introduced the Fall Dinner Train Weekend on Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20.   This was the first Dinner Train since Bill Taylor’s passing in August, 2013.   As before, participants ate on the train, 2 people to a car, up to 16 people per train.   The meal started 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 was a deluxe hamburger platter (or a hot dog platter for kids), consumed over 2 loops.  Dessert was pie with ice cream or whipped cream, or a dish of ice cream, for the 4th loop.  Each meal lasted about an hour.  Cost was $15 for adults & $12 for kids.  Reservations had to made and paid for by credit card, for specific times on a “first come first served”.
Many thanks to all the AVR members who helped make this weekend such a success.   A good time was had by all,  we got lots of very positive feedback, and the modest income certainly helped out our coffers!!  We served about 125 meals in all!
Watch this website in the Spring & Summer for info re: next year’s AVR Dinner Train…

AVR Operating Session/Fun Run Day – May 30th, 2015 

    Eight happy people left the AVR having learned basic locomotive driving skills as Trainee Engineers, & Operation Protocols/Switching Duties as Conductors/Brakemen.

     They started with made-up trains in the station, then headed out onto the 7 acres of AVR track to drop off & pick up cars according to their Card-Sort Orders.  All enjoyed a hot dog lunch break from noon to 2, and toured our Engine House/Machine Shop.  We enjoyed hosting this group and showing why we love the 1/8th scale railroad hobby – obviously they did too, as 5 of them have joined the AVR!

     Watch this space for news of our next Operating Session/Fun Run Day…

Edit Your Bookmark for the AVR

June 19th, 2014 by jubilee No comments »

If you notice that the web page looks radically different, that’s because it is!

The AVR website is now 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 be able to post your own articles, contact president@assiniboinevalleyrailway.org for details on how to login and post.  All you need is a web browser!

Signs of Life

February 16th, 2014 by jubilee No comments »

The Assiniboine Valley Railway is alive and well!  We continue to hold our Open House/Rail Weekends during the summer from June through October.  We held an Operating/Training Session in the early summer, and re-introduced the AVR Fall Dinner Train.  Several of us attended the Train Mountain 2015 Triennial Meet, and the St. Croix Railroad 2015 Spring & Fall Meets.   We introduced Christmas Open House/Rail Weekends with daylight afternoon rides on the 3 weekends around Christmas.  As usual, there was & always is plenty of work  maintaining the railway…

The club has decided not to maintain a phone number, but e-mail, cell phone, and postal contact information will be updated 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.