Christmas Weekends Afternoon Rides 2018

      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!   If we can come up with a workable plan to modernize and reduce maintenance, we’ll let you know…

      This Christmas season, we will again give daylight afternoon rides & selling
HOT CHOCOLATE  – 50 cents!
1 – 4 PM
Saturday & Sunday, December 22/23
Saturday & Sunday, December 29/30
Saturday & Sunday, January 5/6
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)

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


Summer Open House Weekends in 2018

These were held the 2nd full weekend of each month, from June through October
June 9/10, July 14/15, August 11/12, September 8/9 & October 13/14
Saturdays: 11:00 – 5:oo           Sundays: 1:00 – 5:00
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)

We will likely run on the same weekends in 2019.


Hallowe’en Weekend Evening Rides 2018

Last year, for the first time, the AVR offered Hallowe’en themed rides on the weekend before Hallowe’en from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  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 did the same this year, October 27 & 28, 6 – 9 PM.  Many thanks to all the members who helped during the Public Rides.  A great time was had by all of us, and I’m pretty sure by all who rode, judging by the SMILES!!!
I’m sure we’ll be doing it again in 2019…

AVR DINNER TRAIN WEEKEND September 15 & 16, 2018 – Cancelled!

 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 is now a pile of twisted metal, melted plastic, charred wood & ashes!  There is no way we could build new tables before the weekend, so this year’s Dinner Trian Weekend is cancelled.  I’m sure we will build new tables & plan to have a Dinner Train Weekend again next fall…

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.

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.

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

Reservations must be paid for ahead of time 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!

Member Events

Club events are intended for Live Steamers and Club Members.   Although we  can get serious about trains, we also have a lot of fun!  Please don’t feel left out; all you have to do to get involved is become a member.

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!


There are currently no meets planned for 2018, but if that changes we will announce it in this space.


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