Lyon Valley Northern

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Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Monday, December 14, 2009


Eleventh of December brought the first heavy snow to Ottawa. The gang was out in full force to visit the LVN and put it through it's paces.

The CN M636 was heading up a new consist for the operation...A Tank train which would service Husky Oil, Newby Chemicals, Glycol Plant, Alberta Methanol, Dempsters Bakery and the news paper manufacturer.
This CN locomotive is a great runner and was a post 2000 release from Overland Models.

Across the tracks there is CN8000 waiting for it's evening crew. Local 403 will be hard at work handling the cement plant, several truck transfer facilities, lumber distribution and the GE plant.

Over near the Glycol Plant there is a spur where CN power is stored. You can see the crews out on the locomotives getting them ready in case they are needed. The farm in the background sets the scene as Rob Newby's scratch built Silo makes a familiar land mark to this area.
Looking back into the staging yard you can see BN 4011 at the head of a coal drag. Train 900 will be based on switching the loads out of the port and starboard open pit coal mines.

Train 101.. A hot shot container train is ready in track 3. This will serve as a bonus train for those who finish their run early.

Start Time is approaching and all we need is the crew. The call board shows that Ron, Dave, Fred, Monique, Bob, Jim, Joel and myself will work in two person teams: engineers and Brakeman.

Here is Jim (sitting) and Dave waiting for their assignments.

Jim and Fred were assigned to the local mixed freight (CN 8000) Looks like they are watching carefully as the locomotive runs around the consist in the yard. Lots of action there and you have to make sure you are moving on a free and open track.

Fred and Jim look like they are waiting for Joel and Bob to finish their work at the Grain Terminal. Monique is pushing the coal empties into the port mine. This maneuver covers about 35 ft of running.

I asked Bob to give me one of his crazy looks. He is having way too much fun.

Monique and Bob are laughing about something. Hope it is not a head on collision they have planned????

Ron and Dave have taken their mainline power (M636) to the Richmond Locomotive Servicing track and have acquired the local RS18 switcher. As you can see in the picture they are deep in a puzzle with facing and trailing sidings and a small two car run around track. You also can see that there are a number of industries here where they must move 9 tank cars from four sidings.

The Starboard coal Mine has been worked and Monique has her train heading for staging on the outside main past the port coal mine. Jim was watching the action and I think I lensed him by surprise.

Here are Dave and Ron. Looks like half the job has been completed as the empty tank cars have been removed from the industrial sidings. Now they have to bring in the loads .

Here is Joel after the Grain Run. He is now watching the departure of the container hotshot. later they will be bringing the cars into the terminal right in front of him. transfers will be made and the train will carry on to Shelby Montana.

Fred and Jim are bringing the bulkhead flats into the lumber distribution industry. You can see they had to spot three tank cars from Newby Chemicals in the classification yard track 1 to get at that siding.

Ron and Dave have finished their work at Richmond Yard. They are just leaving the classification yard lead onto the inside main. They will have to drive the main two times before they reach the staging yard where they will switch the glycol plant and Newby Chemicals.

Jim is smiling. Train 401 has just finished it's last job at the GE plant. They have travelled the main back into the classification yard. They will terminate in track 1 in front of the station.

Ron is just taking the green and blue Procor tank cars out of the glycol plant. He turns with throttle in hand. He looks quite pleased with the progress.

The port coal mine is a busy place. Looks like the Procor loads are ready.

Here is a shot of earlier action. BN 4011 is hauling coal away from the Starboard coal mine. Monique is at the throttle.

A shot of BN4011 with train 901 passing through the staging yard.

Here is a shot of Jim and Fred's locomotive CN8000. It is removing the chemical cars from Newby Chemicals so they can access the switchback to the lumber distribution facility.

The classification yard is full at this time. You can see CN 401, CN403 and CN 101

Here is a meet on the outside main. Bob and Joel in train 101 are crossing in front of the waiting train 403 which occupies the outside main. A nice clean maneuver they will be able to cross over again at the starboard coal mine. Looks like a nice day and the golfers are teeing off on the 13th hole.

Train 901 headed by a leased CEFX 123 (SD90 Mac) is approaching the tower on the yard lead. A VIA rail passenger train is doing a run with a CN Alco M630. This power is need as my F40PH is still on order from Overland. Maybe I will see it in a few years.

The arrival of CN101 on track two. Its work is done.

RS18 on the lead, cleaning up strays in the yard.

Joel is puzzled about something and I am sticking my tongue out at Monique who is snapping this shot.

Nice shot of Fred in his Red Friday Shirt. He is holding his train orders for the local.

All in all it was a very successful operating session. It was a great evening with friends. Next stop will be Tommy Hoods for an evening of Steam on the Canadian Northern.


Blogger Eric said...

Op session looks like fun, Chris. Quite a range of operator facial expressions. I liked that CN 8000 "switcher", and the visible staging yard across from the elevators. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and thanks for being a great Trackside Treasure blog partner.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Ken King said...

Looks great. Young Mr. Hackett says hi, and he says your cars are missing their 'grimy look'. They must have just come out of the car cleaning spur ;-)

Merry Christmas to you and yours from the FRED's!


8:40 PM  
Anonymous LVN Schools said...

It was great,i liked that CN 8000 "switcher", and the visible staging yard across from the elevators. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

1:02 AM  

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