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

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Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Golf Course on the LVN

Yes. Its a par 3 on the 13th hole of this new course. The T Box is elevated and you have to hit a good iron shot across the pond to hit the green which is guarded by three bunkers. If you hit the ball into the rough you are in real trouble. There are trees and if you hit the bank you will role into the awaiting bunkers or the pond. Hit short and you will also role back into the pond.

I started this project with the pink foam. Cutting out the bunkers and pond and adding elevations for the rest.

Here is a shot from behind the T box.

The next shot is from behind the green looking back to the T box.

I next mixed some "Celluclay" with white glue and water and spread it over the T box and along the elevated background. Then some dirt, grout and water spray.

Then it was a case of adding ground foam, the trees and bushes

Now with the background roughed in an overall shot and you can see where it will eventually go on the LVN.

This is a great little project to add interest to Layout.

What A great time I am having with this project.

Put white glue full strength on the fairway and green. Then applied some sand. Then some grout to create undulations.

Then on went the ground foam. Varied the colours so the green would stand out. I then rolled it with the wooden handle of an ice pick. Just enough weight to flatten it.

Then I started on the traps. First white glue full strength. Then kittle litter for fill. Then diluted white glue sand and more white glue. Then dark grout around the edges and light sand colour grout for the main parts of the traps. I will let this dry then put in a final smoothing finish

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Add more detail

It sure has been fun the last few days. I started to fill in more details in around the mine. Basic ground cover, slag piles and ballast. I am going to have fun on Friday putting im a Major hill side.

Monday, December 11, 2006

All The buildings done now the fun

It has been quite a challenge putting this complex together with Walther's kits. It Includes a Large Coalveyor loader, Red River Mine, Heating Plant and Gravel loader plus a Korber water tower. Each mine building had different track dimensions so the trackplan had to accomodate a 2.5 and 3" track centre

This shot gives you the side view to get the whole perspective

This shot looks north from the alder station

These last two are closer looks from each end

Now. More scenery and planting the buildings

Friday, December 01, 2006

Building the complex

Right...Name that kit. I had great fun combining some off the shelf kits to create the coal mine complex.

The best part was creating the piles of coal out of kitty litter, sand white glue and cinders.