2019 EVENTS

Hallowe’en Weekend Evening Rides 2019

Due to the recent severe storm which caused a lot of damage to the trees (we have only been able to partially clear up the mess), the large amount of residual water on the property, and a thick collection of wet leaves & small branches on the track, we have reluctantly cancelled the Hallowe’en Rides for this year.

For the past 2 years the AVR has offered Hallowe’en themed rides on the weekend before Hallowe’en.  There were lights, pumpkins, skeletons, bone piles & lots of ghosts.  Occasionally someone jumped from behind a tree to scare the passengers, but not too much!  We are continuing this year.
Please note the time change & the price changes (reluctantly increased to help defray increasing costs).

Hallowe’en Evening Rides
Saturday, October 26 & Sunday, October 27
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tickets

1 ride – $3,  2 rides for $5
10 ride pass – $20 (good for any AVR Public Event – older passes will be honoured)
2 & under ride free
(All minors must be accompanied by an adult)

Christmas Weekends Afternoon Rides 2019

      After Bill Taylor’s death in August, 2013, the Family & the AVR have simply not been able to do the massive amount of work that Bill did in maintaining the 100,000+ lights!   We’ve started to rebuild, & install around the station, some of the light frames with LED lights.  This is slow work, but was appreciated by riders.  We’ll gladly accept donations of LED lights to use as we slowly rebuild the light display.
Please note that we’ve moved the times an hour later to take advantage of twilight, and have reluctantly increased the ticket prices to help defray increasing costs. 

      This Christmas season, we will again give afternoon rides & be selling
HOT CHOCOLATE  – 50 cents!
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday, December 21/22
Saturday & Sunday, December 28/29, Saturday & Sunday, January 4/5
Tickets
1 ride – $3, 2 rides for $5
10 ride pass – $20 (good for any AVR Public Event)
2 & under ride free
(All minors must be accompanied by an adult)

Summer Open House Weekends in 2019

These were held the 2nd full weekend of each month, from June through October.
Please note the time change & the price changes (reluctantly increased to help defray increasing costs).
June 8/9, July 13/14, August 10/11, September 14/15 & October 12/13
Saturdays: 11:00 – 4:oo           Sundays: 1:00 – 4:00
Tickets
1 ride – $3,  2 rides for $5
10 ride pass – $20 (good for any AVR Public Event – older passes will be honoured)
2 & under ride free
(All minors must be accompanied by an adult)

AVR DINNER TRAIN WEEKEND: September 21 & 22, 2019

The AVR had 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!  In 2017 we obtained our own credit card processing system, so held the Dinner Train Weekend on September 16 & 17, 2017.  We had planned to hold the 2018 Dinner Train Weekend on September 15 & 16, 2018, but someone(s) decided to have a bonfire and deliberately burned down the storage shed at the Paterson siding the night of September 10.  The Fire Dept. was called but were only able to put out the last of the fire in the pile of rubble…  Unfortunately, along with a lot of the Christmas Light Display, we were storing the Dinner Train tables there.  Everything was a pile of twisted metal, melted plastic, charred wood & ashes!  There was no way we could build new tables before the weekend, so the 2018 Dinner Trian Weekend was cancelled.  We are building new tables & plan to have a 2019 Dinner Train Weekend. 

2019 AVR Dinner Train Weekend

Cost is $15 for adults & $12 for kids 12 & under.
DINNER TIMES
Saturday, September 21:  12:00, 1:30, 3:00 & 4:30
Sunday, September 22:  1:00, 2:30 & 4:00

How it works:  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.
Reservations must be paid for ahead of time, starting on the June Open House Weekend,  with cash or by credit card, for specific times on a “first come first served basis”.  Phone Len at 204-832-3448 to reserve your seats & pay by credit card, or see Len or Brian at an Open House to pay with cash or by credit card.  Reserve early to get the best time for you.  Last chance will be the Tuesday before the weekend, so enough, but not too much, food can be purchased!

Meets

We are tentatively scheduling an Operating Session/Fun Run Day for Saturday, August 23, 2019.  This involves setting out rolling stock around the railway, setting up trains in the station area, then operating the railway using the Card Sort Method.  We usually have a hot dog lunch and charge a small fee to cover costs.  Further details will be posted closer to the date…

Work Days

Generally, some of the active club members get together to work, chat, share a beverage, etc on Wednesdays & Saturdays, usually from around lunch time to mid or late afternoon, year-round. However, nobody is required to come unless they want to, so there are potentially days when nobody is there due to chance and circumstance.  If you are an Associate or Family member, or are interested in visiting a work session, feel free to drop by, but if you have a long way to come &/or don’t want to waste a trip, it would be a good idea to contact us and confirm people will be here!

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