Lytton — N Gauge
Lytton is a fictitious section
of the Canadian Pacific line through the Fraser Canyon in British
Columbia. The viewer is facing north with, to the right, the arid area
going toward Kamloops, where the annual rainfall is only 7 inches. The
Fraser and Thompson rivers meet here and the two flow parallel to each
other for a while before mixing. Further downstream westwards towards
Vancouver there is more rainfall and therefore, much more vegetation.
trackwork is all Peco, with control by a Modelex unit on a long wander
lead. The scenery is made from plaster of paris over chicken wire,
coloured with poster paints and with various scatter materials as
appropriate. The river is Polyfilla dabbed with a dish cloth as it was
drying to give a wave effect. The Douglas Firs have all been made by
club member Kath Ashton.
Locos are Kato, Atlas and Lifelike. The object is to run long trains as
on the prototype where they are regularly 80 — 110 wagons long but on
the model, the longest is 37! Coal is conveyed westward for export as is
grain and potash with corresponding empty workings eastbound.
Intermodals run in both directions, taking advantage of the generous
loading gauge to run twinstacks. General merchandise trains also run in
both directions. Passenger workings consist of the Canadian which runs
as Train No.1 from Toronto to Vancouver and as No.2 Eastbound with
‘Budd’ railcars on local services.
Please note that Lytton has now been sold.