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


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

NMRA Photo Awards

In the print category were these results from my entries

Second Place Colour Prototype Print

First Place colour prototype print

First place Black and White Prototype Print

First Place Colour Model print

Here are the three slides and their placings

Third Place

Second Place

First Place.
The convention was help in Woodstock by the Niagara Frontier Division and many thanks for their efforts to make it a great weekend.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Interlocking Tower

Built this Interlocking Tower from a craftsman Structure kit. I named it after my daughter and it also really exists as a siding in west central Alberta. Add some weathering and doodads and it will be ready for placement at the throat of my classification yard

Monday, April 27, 2009

On30 Flat for Ron

Ron was kind enough to give me this kit to build for him. Made in England it is Resin.

I cleaned the parts with dish soap and water and removed flash (very little on thhis kit). ..Made sure the parts were square. They were and then I glued the frame to the deck.

Then I used white primer as the colours were goint to be bright rather than toned down if you used black primer.

Then I used Tamya and Velerro paint to put a base coat on the parts. I also added some warhammer chestnut ink over the brown to rust the wheels. The roof had grey bragdons rubbed into a krylon aluminum application

I painted the truck side frames black then dry brushed them with chainmail to give it a metalic look and draw out the details.

I took dark brown bragdons and applied it to the wood areas. Then I used mineral spirits to move it into the grain of the wood to create contrast.

A good shot of the metal finish

Here is the place where I apply the bragdon powders. I peanut butter lid.

After the mineral spirits dry you can see it becomes light in colour. The middle bit is still wet and you can tell by the dark finish.

Then I added micro-mark grey age-it over all the parts and let dry. It makes it become older and warn.

Now for assembly

The seating and ends are glued on. I found the frames to be too black so I added mahogany ink over them to rust it a bit.

Then on went the roof. I used the bragdons to tone down the aluminium so there was more harmony across the model.

The couplers were added and painted as well

It looks just great in the scenery on the LVN.

Enjoy Ron.

Cattle Barn

You may remember in previous posts I built the cattle barn and house. My friend Ron built the Silo. Now it was time to build the holding pen and paint the cattle and make hay.

I started with a maisonite base. I painted it dark brown with Krylon so that it would have some roughness for the scenic material to adhere to.

The fence work of the holding pen was from the Walthers plastic kit for the meat processing plant. I used my technique of hand painting, bragdon powders to create the old wood effect. I recommend this kit fior this work as it would take too much time to build it from wood.

I dry placed everything and took a few shots at the work bench. The cattle were painted using the hand painting, warhammer brown ink and bragdon powders technique.

Then I took it out under the layout light to make sure the colours would be OK in that environment.

I mades some hay by cutting small HO scale 2x3ft bits. Then I dipped the sides in white glue and added burnt grass static grass from woodland scenics.

Slow work but worth the effort.

I added real earth into the cattle pen and made sure there were some larger black chunks to indicate cow pies.

I glued in the hay and cattle. I also added a small water trough.

Then I placed it into the eventual scene and took photos to examine the effects.

I used photoshop to see what it will look like when glued in place and there is ground over the base joint.