February 15th, 2017 by lenlarue Leave a reply »

 Editor’s Note:  I have no idea what happened to most of the pictures throughout the site!  I had accessed the AVR site to do some editing of current info, and noticed they were gone.  They must have disappeared during an editing session when I lost the entire site for a while (scary!!).  I got the text back, but I guess the pictures disappeared into the ether!  I have managed to replace most of them…


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)


This year, for the first time, the AVR will offer Hallowe’en-themed rides on the weekend before Hallowe’en: October 28 & 29, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Usual prices apply: Tickets:  1 ride – $2,  12 ride pass – $20 (good for any AVR Public Event).  Kids 2 & under ride free.  All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

There will be some decorations & costumes, but not too scary!


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”:

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 year we obtained our own credit card processing system, so held the Dinner Train Weekend on September 16 & 17, 2017!

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 iwa a deluxe hamburger platter (or a hot dog platter), 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 have been 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.

Many thanks to all who helped:  Joanne Michelin who made the burgers, Wayne Hamel who cooked them, their daughters who took orders & helped out generally, also Zach & Ben Cox, Krista McKenzie, Gord Kushner, Richard & Marietta Persian, Dwight & Carmelina Kjartanson and Helen La Rue who helped with veggie prep & clean-up.  Yours truly, Len La Rue, did the planning, shopping & plate prep/serving.  About 90 meals were served over the weekend, and a good time was had by all!


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 tried out thicker Teflon in the cylinder drain cocks, as the original ones were too thin & suffered early failures, and we seem to have solved the problem!

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 & replacing rotten ties, with help from Gord, Zach & Ben.  Dwight continues to trouble-shoot turnout & signalling issues.

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.

Interested in becoming an AVR Member?

We have application forms in the Station Building. Please contact one of the members or Executive, best done at the AVR, and we will explain the categories, etc.  Annual Individual Associate Memberships are $20, Annual Family Memberships are $30.


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