Lyon Valley Northern

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Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Sunday, June 24, 2007

Hamer's Corner is now a cut

Well Hamer's corner has now got a foreground hill that is loaded with trees creating a scenic block between the Starboard coal mine and the station

This really creates the illusion of distance and provides a way for the eye to be drawn into the scene.

From the other side this hill or should I say Hamer's cut blocks the view of the train coming from the port coal mine double cross over. The forests really are fun to do with spirea.

Here is a closeup. Click on and see the feel of being in northern Montana or SOuthern Alberta in the foothills.

A more distant shot gives you a feel for this extensive curve.

Finally a shot from the doorway and you can see the starboard coal mine in the foreground as the GP60M and it's B unit haul this mix freight south.

What a great day I had with this little project.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said you use spirea for trees. Could you explain the technique?
Olav, Norway

2:52 AM  
Blogger Chris Lyon said...

The technique is quite simple. In the winter I cut the flower off the Spirea bush. They come in a number of varieties and have a nice tree shape. I trim them for the size and shape I want. At home I make up a container of 50% white glue and 50% water. I hold the branch upside down by the trunk and thoroughly cover the dried flower area with the mixture. I lift it out and hold it in a bucket. I spin it in my fingertips to get rid of the extra glue. Then I sprinkle on woodland scenics fine ground foam. Last I stick the finished tree into insolation foam which holds it till dry. Repeat until you have a forest. When dry they are ready for planting. They range in size up to 11 inches.

2:40 PM  

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