Assiniboine Valley Railway (AVR) is a private 1:7.5 (1.6" to the foot) scale ridable miniature railway located in the community of Charleswood near Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The track gauge is 7 1⁄2 in (190.5 mm). Construction started in 1995 and operation began in the fall of 1996. The railway is owned and operated by the 75 member Assiniboine Valley Railway Club, Inc. with some of the equipment privately owned by members. The railway club president and owner of the land was William Arthur Taylor until his death in 2013. Presidency then transferred to vice president and co-founder Len La Rue. The network of tracks and "Charleswood Station" is located on a private 5-acre (2.0 ha) property. AVR is open to public for riding during the second weekend of the month between June and October. As of April 2012[update] the railway had nine operating locomotives, including three steam locomotives and 53 cars, with eight more cars under construction.