More from Dave on his rusty rails

Dangerous Dave has been in touch again. This time he’s been kind enough to record a short video to answer the questions on his last post.



I don’t know where Dave finds the time, but I’m glad he does.

Thanks for all the comments on John’s ‘how to’ video – if you missed it, it’s here. His tricks and tips really do transform any building on a layout.

And don’t forget, come tomorrow, the latest engine shed will be full price, so if you fancy having a bash at it, now’s the time to act.

That’s all this time folks – truth be told, I’ve done well to get this post out. Some days there just isn’t enough time… which is also why the Beginner’s Guide is a sound investment.

Latest ebay cheat is here.

Please do keep ’em coming.

Best

Al

21 Responses to More from Dave on his rusty rails

  1. Hi there, can you tell me if you are using OO or N Gauge? I tried to make my N Gauge track rusty, but found, that, since the inside of the track had paint on it, I had to take that off again, as locos pick up current from the wheel flanges as well as surfaces and the flanges (particularily round curves) did not get any current from the painted insides of the track. Any ideas??
    Nice work!

  2. Historical note – right up to 1970 or so the railway used really effective weedkillers and all this growth round the lineside was unthinkable except on remote rural branches, and the lineside areas like embankments were usually cut for hay, of course a lot of this stopped with the end of steam (1963-68 depending on area) as it no longer presented such a fire risk.
    Dave, those single girders end-to-end along the edge of the cliff don’t look right mate, been all over Britain and never seen anything quite like that. Happy modelling!
    Rod

  3. Hi Dave, it would be a lot easier if you rusted the rails before any scenery was laid. But you probably knew that anyway. Cheers!

  4. Hi Alastair and Dave. I run an O gauge railway in the U.S., using 1950s vintage transformer (AC to DC conversion). I was shocked to see in this video that you were running two trains on the same track just seconds apart! If I did that on my set, I’d trip the circuit breaker in the transformer and put myself in the dark. How is it you can run two trains on the same track? Thanks, Barry

  5. Hi Al,
    Love the videos from Dave and the exquisite layout and scenery he protrays; however, us Yankees (at least me) need an interpreter to understand him! (Yorkshireman?) Do you think he could put up some graphics on his videos so we’d know what he is saying?? Keep up the good work!!

  6. Absolutely Brilliant thanks Dave

  7. Thank you Al for posting Dave’s video and thanks Dave for another fine one.
    Dave F.

  8. Thanks guys for the great info. I’m in my eighties and just getting started and
    need all the help I can muster. Before ordering this video pkg. can I save/copy
    the info onto a USB/disc as I am prone to get smashed on some of my efforts
    at the computer. Besides I have had all the Microsoft/Google crap I can take.
    Going to Apple when I get the nerve to venture. Any and all recommendations
    much appreciated. “Humble Yank”

  9. Thanks again Al and thank you Dave. How do run two trains on the same line so close together ? I looked forward to all the posts on this site, it is a great too see them

    THANKS AGAIN TO YOU ALL

  10. Outstanding,but then again, Dave always is. Thanks for the video Dave and thanks Alistair for posting it. Love my large HO Scale DDC layout.

  11. Your videos are always great dave and i really appreciate watching them and learning things about the hobby. Cheers Rossco, Adelaide, Australia

  12. Nice one Dave as usual, but where is the gingerbread man, have you sacked the lad?

  13. Dave, your rusty rails and greasy track treatment is the BEST I have EVER seen on a model railway,(and I’ve seen a lot!) thanks for the detailed explanation, it should be mandatory on all model railways. My belief is the weedkiller train sets BR used to use helped that brown look; not only on the sleepers and rails, but locally to the track too like platform sides. Your treatment looks FANTASTIC mate!!!! well done and thanks for sharing I don’t miss one!
    Peter Briggs (in Australia)

  14. Thanks again to Dave for another very interesting video. One comment that others may possibly find useful – In N gauge, wiping the tops of the rails with a rag tends to be pretty destructive on the infrastructure and scenery. What works for me is to push a short length of 3mm balsa along the rails, pressing fairly hard, maybe 30 cm at a time. It soaks up the excess and leaves the railhead nice and shiny. With care you can even clean the points. And once your balsa scraps have dried out you can use them again for the same purpose. Thanks again – Don

  15. Dave, you never stop amazing me!! Thank You for sharing!

  16. Thank you all for your comments …..good idea Don , I have used a piece of wood in the past to clean rails and that works fine , my layout is 00 gauge , and adding rust has not caused a problem for picking up the currrent from the rails , and to answer Barry , I am on DCC and you can run a lot of loco`s at any time , you could have maybe up to 4 on the same line , no problem except making sure they are far enough apart to prvent a collision , dcc controllers can take probably up to 100 and more Loco`s , but for running the best is just one per circuit , but I have run as many as 10 at one go , its just keeping control of them all…Dangerous Dave

  17. your how toos are just what everyone needs you make it simple and easy with a few mistakes but Always correctable, it is so good to watch what you call a run down area and turn it into something great, thanks Al and Dave. it is very inspiring to get to the layout and do something.

  18. Dave marvelous it’s got the embers in my brain get a little bit brighter to start a layout myself from being retired so long from the craft/hobby

  19. I second the motion on Dave`s voice, wish I could understand what he is saying!!!! Where can we buy the spray rust in the US? Thanks Tom

  20. Nice and simple but very effective. Great video.

  21. Don’t worry if you cannot understand him, our American friends – it can be difficult for us on this side of the pond, too!
    I am reluctant to call it a Yorkshire accent, because if it’s a Lancashire accent he will be very annoyed, and vice versa!
    Nevertheless, great tips and great layout.

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