Lyon Valley Northern
This site is designed to promote the hobby of ferroequinology. It also provides an opportunity to show the development of the "Lyon Valley Northern": an HO railroad featuring CN and BNSF action in the West. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments at email@example.com
- Name: Chris Lyon
- Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Monday, February 20, 2006
The double track Mainline is finished
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
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The pictures below indicate CN2573 eastbound near Hinton Alberta. The second shot is a CP RS18 at Guelph Junction Ontario. She is scrap parts for the Ontario Southland RS18s. The third picture are GMD1s pulling a string of grain hoppers from an elevator through the streets of Saskatoon taking them to the main yard. The final picture is a CPR AC4400 West bound at Carberry Manitoba. An interesting location on the CP Main there is a diamond with a CN branch near the ADM seed mill not to mention the steam era water tower.
Monday, February 13, 2006
The visible staging yard is in February 2006
Well it was a busy week and I had the great fun putting in a eight track staging yard. This puppy is a real challenge trying to keep the flex track as straight as possible and move forward to get it done. This is the last big task as now I must fill in the blanks of the outside main. Outside arrival departure, container terminal mines and a grain terminal and a few boxcar tank industries:). I can feel the excitement as it will soon be on to structures and scenery. Here are a few photos of the staging progress.
Tomorrow night it is off to OVAR where we will enjoy another great evening of food, displays, presentations and time with good friends.
Hey I understand that Mike has a new blog for his layout.
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.com/. Wow this is great fun. Well done Mike. Soon all the gang will have one.
Here is a shot of a grain train pulled by two RS18s that were modified from the old Atlas KATO RS11s. Lots of fun. great hobby.
This yard will be home to three grain elevators, passanger station and a three track engine facility. This is the junction to the coal mine in one direction and the industrial area and container terminal out the other end.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Fridaynight Group First Operating session January 2006
Well it has been 20 days since the first bit of track went in. The Friday night gang came to visit. We enjoyed operating the time saver. It was interesting to see the approaches taken. Every move made changed the parameters for the next pair. In the mean time others operated the newly completed inside main and classification yard. They had fun with the unit BNSF coal train, the Grain train and double stacks.
The Fridaynight group http://www.fridaynightgroup.blogspot.com/ are great guys. We visit each others model railways and share interests in the hobby. Lots of activities here in Ottawa as well. We take part in OVAR http://www.ovar.ca/which has 175+ members and meet once a month to have dinner, and have a presentation on a railway related topic.
The NMRA is alive and well. The Saint Lawrence division located in the Ottawa area http://www3.sympatico.ca/gd.knowles/sld/sld_index.htm is very active with layout tours and clinics every month.
Started laying track in the timesaver January 2006
Remember the center was a 12 foot section. I had built a time saver previously which was great fun. Based on an excellent New York port design I had to have it as there were two classification tracks a run around and three industries built on the basis of five siding in each direction. My concept was to have a lumber industry on the west end and an oil refinery and cement plant on the east end. Anyway it was great fun. I used PECO code 75 track layed on underlay cork that comes in roles 50 ft by 4 ft. I got the track from cherry creek hobbies in the US http://www.cchobbies.com/. They were nice folks who offered excellent service at a great price.
The picture you see above is looking west. You can
Next Came the lights December 2005
Here is a second shot of the lights.
Putting in the Benchwork November 2005
I started to work in a triangular room by taping the floor to establish where the benchwork could fit giving adequate space for walkways. It became an around the room concept with a centre 12 foot extension. My idea was to have a double track main with major classification yard industries and a double ended visable staging area. I went with 2x4 consrtuction which greatly reduced the cross bracing and enabled the drilling of holes for wire. The top was 3/4 inch particle board giving a good solid foundation for the layout. The 2x4s were cut and fitted in 8' by 34" sections where ever possible and the legs were cut to fit a 48" height off the floor. The legs were doubled with one part attached on the inside to the bench work and the other underneith the benchwork to maximize support. I used three inch deck screws for the 2/4s and 2 gyprock screws for the particle board.