The Auburn Valley Railroad (AVRR) was the dream of T. Clarence Marshall and his son, Thomas (Tom). Always interested in steam power, Clarence built a ⅛-size 4-8-4 Northern-type live steam locomotive in the late 1950s. It took 7,500 hours to complete. With the help of a local contractor, Clarence constructed a ⅓-mile loop of 7½-inch gauge track on the grounds of Auburn Heights from April to June of 1960. 

AVRR construction, top of water tower

Ongoing construction of the railroad appears in this June 1960 photograph from atop the Marshall Brothers paper mill water tower.