Thursday, May 28, 2015

Learn how to run trains at the Assiniboine Valley Railway this weekend

   The Assiniboine Valley Railway is open for business and raring to go! They're starting off the season with a special Fun Run Day, this Saturday, May 30. This is a rare opportunity to not just ride the AVR, but to run the trains as well!

  Learn basic locomotive driving skills as a Trainee Engineer, operation protocols and switching duties as a Conductor/Brakeman. Cost: $5:00.

     There will be four 2-hour Operating Sessions with 3 trains per session. You’ll start with a made-up train in the station, then head out into the 7 acres of AVR track to drop off & pick up cars according to your Card-Sort Orders.

   Enjoy a hot dog lunch break from noon to 2, included with your registration. You'll also get to tour the AVR's engine house and machine shop.

   All participants are eligible to win a 12-ride pass on the AVR (good for any open house / rail weekend) to be drawn at each session.

     You must sign up for one of the four operating sessions, with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th choice of session times.

Session times are as follows:

9-11 AM
11-1 PM
1-3   PM
3-5   PM

Only the first 24 registrants will be accepted.

To sign up for one of the sessions, please contact Len LaRue at:  to reserve your time. You can pay the registration at the AVR when you arrive. Please your name, phone number and your preferred session time.

For more information about the AVR and their Fun Run Day, please visit their website at:


  1. Thanks, Paul! I went this morning and it was very fun!

  2. Great to hear that you had a good time, Steve, and that you were on of the lucky few to reserve a spot!