Origins of the Auburn Valley Railroad
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.