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


Friday, May 31, 2013

Bob Farquhar's Harbour Scene

During our St Lawrence Division NMRA Canada Layout Tour in May, we visited Bob's (timetoplay) HO Scale layout. Bob Farquhar gives us an overview then the video shifts to his amazing harbour scene which is created with craftsman kits from Bar Mills, FOS Scale, Sierra West and Full Steam Ahead. Bob is an annual participant at Craftsman Structure Shows and he sure has come away with great ideas and his results on the layout are fantastic. Enjoy.

Saturday, May 25, 2013


This 5 part series is a play by play description of how to paint backdrops.  I was over at Tommy Hood's HO scale Canadian Northern and painted 25 feet in less than three hours.  Anyone can do this and it does a lot to increase the scenery depth in your layout. 

Monday, May 06, 2013

Ottawa Train Expo 2013

Here is a quick video of some photographs I took of the setup and activities at this year's Ottawa Train Expo.  As always, I had a blast and the folks enjoyed themselves interacting with people that love this hobby.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Maison Fairbairn House: Rufus Chamberlin Market

The 150-year-old house of the William Fairbairn family is being transformed into a meeting place and heritage centre They are building a model railway to depict the 1920-1940 era.  To help them move forward I built The Market from Full Steam Ahead.  Enclosed are a few shots of the finished building which will be on display at Ottawa Train Expo this weekend and from there on at the Museum.

 The Kit is out of production.  It was a pleasure to build.  Had great instructions and quality wood.  I added some extra plaster doodads from Hamilton Model Works so there were tons of fruits vegetables and grains.  Thanks Joe for a great kit.  I am sure the Museum will love it on their layout.