More train missives

“Hi Al

I’d like to share my highly effective method for clamping track during gluing.

While this may seem a little flippant, it is actually quite effective in settling track while PVA glue dries. The added attraction is that the content of the cans can be consumed on completion of the task. For our American friends, XXXX is Australian beer! Not what you think!




At age 72 with limited space and color printing capability, I was able to relive a part of my youth when a 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood was acres and acres. So with computer images, balsa wood, a color printer, a couple of car kits, and purchased landscaping and a few spots of glue, this is what I came up with.

Thanks for your great email links and photos.



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“Hi Al
Just to prove I am still about, got myself a new Loco the A4 Great Sprite from Hornby, and a few changes going on again…



I do love seeing all your inventions, tricks and techniques. Please do keep ’em coming.

Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.



18 Responses to More train missives

  1. it`s beyond any praise!

  2. Well done Dave that was great. What a luckie and lovely man you are; thanks from a jealous fan.///////////////////

  3. Great idea with the can’s of beer.Im Canadian and after 6 of our can beer you be under the table not working on it. great idea. Dave always get a kick out of your video’s. Im a modern engine runner,but like to watch the steam engines run. Thanks for the idea’s and Dave’s video

  4. That’s a cool diorama Joe. Cant wait for more photo’s thanks keep up the great builds. Thanks Al to

  5. I love the clamping idea! But in my house, those would probably be empty and not much weight to be useful enough!

  6. Thanks for giving us a look at a look see ,at your layout. I think you have done such a great job,of getting it to where it is today. Thanks for keeping us up to date.good health to you.

  7. Is that XXXX stuff twice as strong as Dos Equis?

  8. Luv the ‘track clamps’. O think I read somwhere why the Queenslanders named their beiere ‘four-X’. Muskoka Cream Ale works well here in Ontario; but, it needs a 2-10-4 to move it our of the cooling yard.

  9. Nice diorama Joe. I noticed a horse has come down from the hills in your last picture. Didn’t see it in the other pictures.

  10. Pure Beauty..

    Memories never grow old .
    Recreated to perfection ..
    Be Proud .. A Super recreation ..
    We are there w You !!


  11. great idea for clamping the track especially in summer when you want to lay a lot of track. nice work on the buildings and surrounds. always good to see something from Dave love seeing his changes gives me new ideas. thanks Al for all you do.

  12. great very talented .living in queeensland is great yesterday was only 25cel

  13. Nice one Joe, its amazing what can be put in to a small area, and Pauls idea well …maybe some John Smiths Smooth Bitter would be better here in the UK ….and thanks for the comments on My railway new addition …Dave

  14. Great look. Where did you get those visible texaco gas pumps?

  15. Nice diorama Joe, good work in a small space. and Dave, it’s never ending is it. I do wargaming ( playing with toy soldiers) and am recently back into railways, I’m trying to build a heritage line in ‘n’ scale. So, now retired I have 2 of the best hobbies in the word, never a boring moment. Steve R.

  16. I have missed your missives Dave. Great to have you back

  17. Okay, so we need an experiment to refine the “clamp” idea: What TYPE of beer would work best? I’m thinking some kind of stout malt.

  18. Great Dave another great demo nice to hear the A4 and waiting for the track mods good on ya Regards from Sydney NSW.

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