Dave’s Christmas round up

Dave has sent his latest vid in.

After the first minute, I thought, “Oh dear, he’s been on the sherry again.”

But I couldn’t have been more wrong – it’s actually a superb summary of his layout.

And the Ebay cheat sheet just going bonkers at the moment.

A big thank you to all this time. Merry Christmas everyone.

Keep ’em coming.



57 Responses to Dave’s Christmas round up

  1. A brilliant video in time for Christmas. Credit to you for committing so much time to make us all feel better.
    Just a question – with such a magnificent layout with all the intricate details why have you not got any lighting in your coaches. ebay shop “coach lighting”

    Happy Christmas and a prosperous new year Dave and Deb,


  2. Thank You Al for the web site and all the hard work you put into it.
    Dave – thank you for all the tips and videos you send in, they are good and entertaining.
    A Happy Christmas and a Happy New year to all moderlers.

  3. Well done Dave, always good to see what you’ve been up to and, a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and Peace be with you and Deb.

  4. Thanks Dave, great entertainment from a fantastic layout. Merry Xmas.

  5. Fantastic Dave, a wonderful extravaganza, it puts my effort to shame.
    Well done and merry Christmas to you.
    Alan Roberts

  6. Thanks for the video, it was GREAT. What size is your layout in U.S.A. measurement?

  7. very nicely done Dave. Always enjoy your videos, Merry Christmas to you!

  8. a great video for the end of another year. thanks for all the tips and videos your layout does give everybody alot of enjoyment have a merry xmas and a happy new year to you and your wife. enjoy your xmas present its a ripper. from Ian in australia.

  9. Another brilliant vid from Dave. Thank you!

    Merry Christmas and a happy and successful 2015 to all.

    Dave G

  10. Al., please thank Dave for us all and wish him a very Happy Christmas and New Year, thanks Dave it’s been a pleasure watching the development of your layout. Thanks again, love to you and the ‘Stig’.


  11. Hi Dave.Merry Christmas to you and all your family.I have so injoyed the video’s idea’s and such.I have gotten a lot of joy watching your layout as it progresses.I have learned a lot from a pro.I appreciate Al for all he has done and kept this hobby alive and injoyable.Thankyou all for everything.

  12. Great video Dave, as usual. So your wonderful layout is finished??? I don’t believe that it will be for long, you like the tinkering and building too much. I think we will see some mods in the new year. All the best
    Steve R. UK

  13. Dave you are crazy but sure we love every time your contribution to this site. Great job. Thank God it was just wet snow and it won’t stay. Curious what you bring up with eastern.

    Your scenery looks great and yes we got a lot of good ideas from you

    Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

  14. Nice video, Dave. Merry Christmas

  15. I’d like to thank Dave for all the hard work he does and the inspiration he throws my way.

  16. Truly a master of many venues …..look forward to next years presentation .

    A Merry Christmas to all,may all your dreams and wishes come true.

  17. Only one word to describe all of your work….WOW!

  18. Absolutely delightful Christmas greeting Dave – thank you.
    My 1 1/2 year old grandson, Luke, was completely enthralled – thanks for your talent and Happy and Blessed Christmas to you and yours.
    Fr. Timothy

  19. I especially like the snow falling inside the tunnels. Drifts must be fierce.

  20. Dave, this is the best train layout I have ever seen. You have done a marvelous job in building this layout. I enjoy seeing all of your videos but this one was the best I have ever seen. Keep up the great work.

  21. Dave you are brilliant.

    Have a great Christmas. You to Al.

  22. Great job all around Dave. You must have at least 30 hrs. in a day to complete all this in one year! And finally, do you have any idea how much you have invested in all this?


  23. Well done dave and a merry christmas to you and stig.

  24. First of all Al. May I say with out you having this site running like it is, We would have been robbed of this chance to see Dave’s Layout and all the other tips that are put up by loads of other people. Dave hope you never cease ti amaze us with the vids and Tips and Layouts that amaze me with the speed that you seem to put them up. May you do this for many more years xxx

  25. thank you Dave for the Christmas video. I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas. from us on this side of the Atlantic to you on your side of the Atlantic.

  26. 19 Dec 201
    Hi Dave;
    Thank you from all my heart for sharing your Christmas greeting with an exciting video of an unbelievable model train layout. I can not imagine the time and effort you gave to the development of the most detailed and outstanding model train home layout ever imagined.
    Model railroad hobby has been in the Hinkel family since I was a child and 95 years later I just keep getting younger every day.

    Wishing you and your family a Blessed Merry Christmas
    Earl N. Hinkel
    Video presentation was mos professional in content and quality.

  27. Dave, Beautifully well done! I admire your dedication to the hobby.

  28. Nice Christmas program, but I think Dave’s wife has him locked up in the attic too much. Anyway, that was nice Dave. Merry Christmas to all.

  29. Hasn’t been most pleasant Christmas season, but your video made it all better! Thanks for that!

  30. Hi, Al
    Thank you for the wonderful site you’ve created. It’s a great inspiration to all.

    Hi , Dave
    I’ve enjoyed all the videos you produced over the year. This production is quite awesome. Well done!


  31. I noticed in the layout scenery of cars/motor vehicles an off white VW Bug “Herbie # 53″. What a fun and fantastic world to build.

    Best regards,

    Rob K.

  32. Thank you so much for sharing! And from our house to yours, may you all have a very merry Christmas with God’s blessings and joy overflowing all around you!

  33. Hi Dave,

    Your video is very nice. . It1s a greeting by Charles, who like the railways so much, who like modelling, and who lives in Central Europe, in Hungary.

  34. Another great video from the master. Ho Ho Ho! and a very happy Christmas to you and Deb and your family. Thanks for all your tips and videos. Looking forward to another year with you. All the best to you also Al and thanks for the website.
    Carl, Port Hope, Ontario Canada.

  35. Hi Al, thank you for all the work that you have put in to your web site it is a great place to gain information.


    from Monty and family Perth west Australia

  36. Just one word, FABULOUS!

    Your layout inspires us all.

  37. Hello Dave,

    Once again I am so impressed at what you achieve. You are the inspiration that decided me to go ahead with my layout..

    Greetings from Belgium,

    Raymond Bove

  38. Almost lost for. Words.
    Brilliant. Dave
    Merry Christmas to you your family and all your viewers.

  39. Kudos Dave. Great Video and Thanks for your wishes.

  40. Just like to say thank you very all for your very kind comments and support during this last 12 months , All the Very Best Al as well ..from Dave and Deb (the Stig) ..

  41. Hi Al, thanks for such a great website. Best wishes for Xmas and 2015. ‘Awrabest’ to Dave and Debs for allowing us to share in his hobby. As someone else has said; Dave has also given me the inspiration to re-start my modelling hobby, although I know that I’ll never reach his standard…I will use some of his tips and ideas.
    Best wishes again, Gordon Taylor, Fife, Scotland

  42. Brilliant video and layout Dave! You have given me a lot of inspiration over the past months.

  43. Dave, again you have out done yourself. Not only the video production but the new additions to the lay out are great! You Sir are a true inspiration to us all. Keep up the great fun you are having! I freeze frame several times during a video to get ideas for my lay out and try to figure out how you did something! from Brunswick Hills Ohio USA

  44. Dave.,What a brilliant presentation.Thanks for all the update vidios during the year.I am totally amazed at your skill with your attention to detail. Very best wishes. Ian.

  45. Dave, you are adorably bonkers. I have loved every minute of this.
    Thanks also for all the other posts you have put on.
    You may now feel justifiably ‘chuffed’
    Every best wish to you, your family and friends.

  46. You are the kindle that started the fire in me. Thank you for the Christmas video.

  47. Lovely job Dave, and the streamlined Coronations were one of Dad’s best remembered engines, he had Box Brownie snaps of one taken on its debut appearance in Glasgow.If you’re scratching round for something to do in the how about toning the lights down a bit in the signalboxes? We did like to be able to see what’s going on outside when in the old mechanical boxes, and working under fluorescents all night didn’t half give me a headache – much preferred just the Anglepoise on over the booking desk. All the best,

  48. What a pleasure to watch what Dave has done.

  49. Hi Dave I like your railway.

    I also like the Christmas theme and the big Coronation.

    Paul otway

  50. Hello Dave. Want to thank you for the great videos we have seen come from you. we thank you . Can;t wait for next year to see what you are going to do. God Bless you and yours.

  51. Dave. It doesn’t matter how low I am feeling you always manage to put a smile on my face. You have had a fantastically productive year. Have a Merry Xmas. Long may it continue
    Regards Gwyn

  52. Very well done Dave!
    All the best to everyone for the holidays
    Dave F.

  53. Merry Christmas Dave and family. Thanks for the videos throughout the year. OH now what will we expect next year. Anyway have a warm eggnog from us Assies temp will be 32 degrees Xmas day.such fun.

  54. so very nice . and the snow and Christmas music was great . I felt like I was in you little church while the songs were playing and to get to ride the Santa train was extra special . I waved at the Ginger bread man .

  55. Dave you are brilliant. I do wonder how many hours you spend in a week working on your layout–do you have any idea? Also, do you have a railwayman’s background in your work as the attention to detail is quite spell binding-especially when you have the minicam on the train and you can see all about the layout from normally unseen angles. Deb’s (or Stig) must have the patience of a Saint, I bet she is still waiting for all the DIY jobs to be done that have accrued over the year!!
    A very Happy Christmas to you both and Al and everyone reading this.
    Norman (UK).

  56. What a layout. What a video. With both of the skills syou have and the teachin that you do, you are an inspiration to all of us.

    It gives us airchair modelers something to strive for.

  57. Dave, you never cease to amaze me ! Absolutely brilliant.
    It was so good I watched it twice today. Fortunately my wireless broadband connection and You Tube didn’t play up, so the whole video went without a stop.
    I would love to know the size of the layout. On video it looks huge !
    I am restoring the layout my son had many years ago, but have to build a shed to house it in. At 76 years old, these video’s are the encouragement to continue.
    To you Dave, Deb and of course Gingerbread Man I trust you had a Merry Christmas and I wish you the best for 2015.
    Max Dosser
    Melbourne, Australia.

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