Lyon Valley Northern

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Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Monday, July 19, 2010

American Invasion Day three

Lots of rolling stock in the yard today.

A pause for refreshments Colin is in pleasant discussion with Fred.

Alway nice to just photo box cars.

Passenger train being set onto the passing siding by Ric.

Long cars going through the S curve.

Lela taking a break in the shade.

The boys in the shade.

PA in Ironwood.

John's train is fully equipped with Alco sound.

Nicole, Gaetan Roger and Paul in Bell. Two trains heading for Peters Pond. I wonder which will have priority?

Must be Paul's as another train comes by with a CN RS3 at the lead.

E8 A&B Thanks Doug for bringing them to the invasion.

Doug and Ric have the yard wwell in hand as this S4 does its duty.

UP and CP power in Nelson.

Ralph looks very pleased with this consist.

Folks were out in droves as we had a morning and afternoon session divided by a lunch time thunder storm.

Nice to see a bumble bee working Firgrove

Large Scale CN S4 brings a smile to one's face

The heat of the day was just starting to get to Ken after three days of running trains

Gord was our train master for the ops sessions and he kept the trains going using railops.

Here is the Saturday night survivors of this year's invasion. They all look like they had a great time.

The RP&M gang resting in Nelson yard chatting about the day's activities.n

Roger is relaxing at the end of the day as he watches a CP extra emerge from the IPP&M bridge.

CP power sits in the siding at Spruce.

This Bell and wheel brings the session to a go when the hammer is applied. Nothing like a good ring to get things started

The US Flag at Sunset. Bringing a close to another great American Invasion
More pictures will follow as I process them.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

American Invasion Day 2

Welcome to day two. The pictures are in no particular order as I processed them and uploaded as they became available
One past time was admiring the machine work on this scratch built loco which has been 7 years im the making.

Nothing like pulling your own passenger train out onto the main.

Nice weathered milk cars at the station as another passenger begins to leave.

Bruce is showing us the interior of his custom built car.

He painted the figures and scratch built the interior.

Built for his road name. He sure has done some fine work here.

An evening special

Ralph is busy as yard master keeping those trains moving

Here Bud is working in the shade at Nelson yard

Bill Scobie dropped by for a visit.

Looks Like Roger has finished his run and is contemplating his next train.
What is this? Jim must have convinced Fred tyo join him. Looks like he is calling the dispatcher on the radio.

Some folks took refuge in the shade of this very hot and humid day.

Flower Power

Fun to do the odd black and white. Really puts you into the steam mood.

Ric's live steam shay worked hard all day. Here it is bring Bruce's coach around.

Another live steamer at Mount Saint Hellens

Jan's Presidential train ready for departure.

Jan's passenger car has nice detail and looks just right in view of real people.
All aboard.

The IPP&W cars are ready on track 1

Jean is taking this freight for a run.
Not far behind is Lawrence, bringing his locomotive to the shed.

Young and old work together as they Y thir locomotive for a return trip.

Doug is the yardmaster here and he has just released another train.

A few of the team sitting in the crew lounge discussing the days adventures.

Sitting in the shade, and enjoying the day. Folks are waiting for their next call

Lots of liquid refreshments were available.

Station in the hot sun

Fantastic models and live steam. Can't beat that.

Side on view.

Jim switching at Peter's Pond.

Paul is his partner at the turnout.

Ric pauses for chips an dip at the food tent. jan worked really hard to make sure we wre well Fed.

Bud and Bruce in the hot sun in Nelson. I guess ya gotta do what ya gotta do at the throat.

Lawrence is re railing a car at Spruce.

Here are John and Carl at work in Spruce.

Gord the train master watching the work at Spruce.

Dispatcher hard at work

Waiting in the siding for a meet with an on coming train out of Nelson Yard.

Rat Portage train working the local industries

Roger making steam.

Nice Shay

Looks like a hot spot on the RR.

More Switching in Spruce

Gaetan at the ready

The symphony is about to begin.

At the Spruce

Nice spot to watch the action

Meet in Iron Wood.

Time to make steam

A train along the fence

Action from the Shade into the sun. Why stand when you can sit.

Now what do you think of this doodlebug

Fred is the host as the railroad is built in his back yard. The club really appreciates having the opportunity to enjoy their hobby here. Thansk Fred.

Interesting Livery

Dispatch this is 311. Request clearance to Bell.

Switching at Spruce

An RP&M switcher.

Back your locomotive in on your train

Don't worry Carl. We will have steam ina minute.

Ric moving cars to the classification tracks

Nice scene with steam on the live steamer.

Closeup of the Shay.

Action at Peters Pond.

Watch your step please. train coming through.

I think this is yours????

OK the paper work says you need this car.

Admiring modellers

Close up of the hand made details. A true artist.

Here you see Bud, Colin and Gaetan in Nelson yard at the beginning of the session.

Ralf Keeps the trains moving at his yard

First Passenger train of the day heading into Peter's Pond.

Ric is hand controlling his live steam Shay which worked all day as a yard switcher at Craigleigh.

Nice shot of number 6 puffing with its string of cars for the next train.

John is waiting as his locomotive is making steam at Spruce.

Jim and Paul are carrying out switching at Mackenzie lumber in Bell.

Bruce and Bud are discussing what has to be done to make up the next train in Nelson Yard.

Bruce and Gaetan operating their locomotives at the throat of Nelson Yard

Operations from Ironwood to Spruce. It was the hot spot on the railroad as it gets direct sunlight all day.

Bruce following his train in the big curve bewtween Bell and Peter's Pond.

At Spruce Carl is in switching action, uncouple the train with a flat head scewdrivers

Ric is in his hay day.

Doug poses with a mixed freight departure from Craigleigh.

Lawrence running his steamer out of town

Ric releases Bruce and Jean's train to the dispatcher.

Ain't it great

Time to add more aqua Ric

A garden shot in Spruce.

The station stonework are individual bits that were produced by John's wife Linda.

They really make for a great material to create realistic stations and stone buildings.

Scratch built steamer with operating bell. Every part machined.

Bruce's handywork shows his skills as he scratch built and kit bashed this puppy into being
Day three will bring us modern diesel era.