Public Open House/Rails Weekends 2017

These are held 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: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)

 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, the 16th & 17th, 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.

Christmas Weekends Afternoon Rides

      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 maintainance, we’ll let you know…
     In the meantime, we will be open again for daylight afternoon rides, 1 – 4 pm, in the 2017 Christmas season, weather permitting:
Saturday & Sunday, December 16/17
Saturday & Sunday, December 23/24
Saturday & Sunday, December 30/31

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 2017, but if that changes we will announce it in this space.


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