Lyon Valley Northern

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Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Ken King Visits The Capital

A Trainman from the west arrived in a Cowboy hat and jeans. A CN Railway engineer from my old operating group...The Freds....named after that famous end of train device. Ken and I visited five layouts in one day.

Here you can see Bill Scobie's SN3 Colorado narrow guage dream. An incredible attention to detail as his steamers get ready for the morning run.

Here you can see Ken, Camera in Hand, getting ready for the train to enter the station. Like a true foamer he is down at eye level taking in the details of this fine station scene.

This next photo sees Ken taking in the sights at Michel Boucher's D&H. Ken learned a thing or two about operations, the fast clock and scheduling trains on an incredibly well organized concept and detailed layout.

Ken and I had a great lunch after visiting Bill and Michel at the new Mexicali Roses in Aylmer Quebec. Crossed the River visited the downtown sights, followed the Canal out to Tom Hood's Canadian Northern in HO.

Many of you know Tom for his great contribution to the Hobby as one of the co owners of CDS Letters. Anyone who ever had to use dry transfers to get that prototype they wanted has him to thank.

Wow. What an impressive sight to see this great steam railway. Tom's stories about the Hobby business over the last 40 years was very interesting. Ken had a great time and we had a good chat.

We next went back to my house where Ken took his hand at switching out the port and starboard coal mine on the Lyon Valley Northern. After supper we went to Mike Hamer's. Mike was on the step...guitar in hand playing tunes to welcome us aboard. Mike and Ken really hit it off as he learned of how Mike got started in the Hobby, visiting the Boston and Main and finally sitting at the old round table watching a video and chatting about hidden surround staging and the possibilities for Ken's new layout.

Thanks everyone for this great day. Ken was extatic as it was the beginning of a great holiday in Ontario. The next day, he and his wife Gail were boarding the VIA for a trip to Chatham Ontario. Have a super time Ken... it was a blast.


Blogger Mike Hamer said...

Hey Chris, is that pair of railroaders/singers the famed group of Brooks & Dunn or are they Hall & Oates? Man...they look remarkably familiar!

Cheers, Mike

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