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, January 31, 2012

Smith Falls CP Yard Switching

It was a cold and grey old day on the Winchester Sub, but I was in the area and decided to hang out at the Smith Falls Yard throat and do some railfanning.  Not much action on the main but the yard switcher was busy sorting cars.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Modular Club Interviews

During the OVAR modular Rally I tooks some video and spoke with club members about their clubs and asked them what they would be doing at Ottawa Train Expo.  Looks like we are going to have lots of fun displaying and informing the public about the hobby on 5-6 May 2012.

Gilbert and Jacques will be able to help French Canadian Modellers at the show

The two Peters are fun and enthusiastic about running trains.  Lots of experience you can draw on.

NTRAK realy offers advantages if you like lots of modelling in a small space.

Have a look at to find out more about vendors, clinics and displays.  The show is full with 100 different participants offering lots of MR stuff, information and fun.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ottawa HOTRAK Modular Rally 2012

Had a great time this weekend at the HOTRAK Modular Rally.  It was hosted by Ottawa Valley Associate Railroaders.  They ran trains for two days and had operations controlled by dispatchers and car cards.  They are going to be at Ottawa Train Expo on 5-6 May 2012.  See the details at

Here is the track plan

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Woodland Scenics Fire. Better stock up

Bad news for us all as Woodland Scenics are a staple for model railroad scenery.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Podcast Interviews

Here is podcast interview I had with Trevor Marshal promoting Ottawa train Expo 5-6 May 2012

Modelrailcast interview on Backdrop painting


Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year.: 2012 here we come

Mike invited me to come out to a New Year's party.  There were a number of groups playing different styles of music.  So he suggested we should get together and jam at my house to prep the gig.  We had loads of fun, played about 10 songs together and enjoy music from three other groups including the band Mike plays lead in.  Here is a Dylan tune to ring in the New Year.