February 15th, 2017 by Len LaRue No comments »


The Winnipeg Model Railroad Club will he holding its annual spring train show and open house on April 1 & 2 at the Charleswood Legion, 6003 Roblin Boulevard. Hours are from 11AM to 4PM on both days.

This is the second biggest train show to be held this year in the entire province, and it’s going to be jam packed with plenty of features and exhibits! The No.1 Northern Division’s Free-Mo group, the Kildonan Short Lines, the Assiniboine Valley Railway and WinNtrak all will be displaying. There will also be the popular Lionel Giraffe Car portable layout, which is always a hit with the younger set.

As an extra added bonus, the club has made a limited run of some custom made buttons which they will be handing out to the kiddies! But it’ll be first come, first serve! There will also be the club’s annual model and photo contest displays, and the canteen will be selling hot dogs!

Admission is by donation. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to St. Amant, who will also have a display at the show.



       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’re trying out a thicker Teflon in the cylinder drain cocks, as the original ones were too thin & suffered early failures!

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

Dinner Trains Waiting at Charleswood Station

 The AVR re-introduced the Fall Dinner Train Weekend in 1015, the first Dinner Train since Bill Taylor’s passing in August, 2013.  We were unable to process Credit Cards last year, so were unable to organize the Dinner Trains, but we will have a system this summer for about 2 months prior to the weekend.   Reservations must be made and paid for by credit card, for specific times on a “first come first served basis”.  We’ll post the info here as to when you can start to make reservations & how to go about it.

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), 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, and the trains run 1 1/2 hours apart from lunch time to supper time on Saturday & Sunday.  Cost is $15 for adults & $12 for kids.


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”:


Edit Your Bookmark for the AVR

June 19th, 2014 by jubilee 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.