Saturday, September 12, 2015

All aboard for another Assiniboine Valley Railway open house

Our good friend Steve Boyko, who does the popular railfanning blog, Confessions of a train geek, is seen here with his family enjoying a ride on the AVR in July.

The AVR is having another open house this weekend! The fun starts at 11:00AM today and runs until 5:00PM. Sunday's hours are from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. It's only two bucks for a ride, and you can buy a rail pass, which will give you 12 rides for only twenty bucks! Children under two ride for free, and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. Join the fun at 3001 Roblin Boulevard, just west of Assiniboine Park!

There's still time to make your reservations for their popular Fall Dinner Train, which will be held on Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20. The cost is $15 for adults and $12 for kids. Reservations must be made for the specific times listed below, and must be prepaid to confirm. Payment is preferably by credit card, but arrangements can be made to pay by cheque or cash.  

Participants will eat on the train, 2 people to a car, up to 16 people per train.  Family groups can reserve a full train.  The meal lasts four loops around the track. The meal starts with refreshments (coffee, tea, soft drink or water), snacks and a fresh tossed salad for the first loop around the track. The main course is a deluxe hamburger platter (or a hot dog platter for kids), which will be eaten over 2 loops.  Dessert is pie with ice cream or whipped cream or a dish of ice cream for the fourth loop. Each meal lasts about an hour.
To make a reservation, phone Len LaRue at (204) 832-3448.  Messages can be left on voice mail, but please just leave a name & return phone number and be prepared with your credit card in hand.  Reservations are first come first served. This is a very popular event, so please make your reservations as soon as possible! The cut off date for making reservations is September 17, but don't wait until the last minute! They're sure to have been filled up by then!

Dinner train times are as follows:
Saturday, September 19:  12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30 (Members only:  6:00, 7:30, BYOB)
Sunday, September 20:  1:00, 2:30, 4:00 (Members only:  5:30, BYOB).

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