The answer to Simon’s sleeping giants

Got this in about an hour after making the ‘sleeping giants’ post. A big thanks to Charlie!

“Directly behind the capital building in Havana is a train restoration facility. Ther are a few guys working there diligently restoring some great examples of American Locomotives. The guys were very friendly and gave me free access to wander around. If you evevr get there check it out You have been sent 8 pictures.


Hope you’ve enjoyed the past few posts as much as me.

Please do keep them coming.



PS Beginner’s guide is here.

16 Responses to The answer to Simon’s sleeping giants

  1. Well done, Dave, with the smoke units. One small point though, the S&DJR relates to the Somerset & Dorset Joint Rly, not Devon.


  2. There’s a website that lists most, if not all surviving Cuban steam locomotives that were for sale until recently. Check out it will make a narrow gauger daydream and ponder the “what ifs”.

  3. Just wonderful, Dave. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’ll never get tired of watching your model railway.

  4. Dave, yet again a fantastic video, thorough enjoyment thanks.

  5. Outstanding realistic effects Dave. With a few modifications we will be able to have smoke/steam coming from the valve gear.

  6. Great pics of old steam. If you like steam and ever visit the US you must get to the St. Louis Museum of Transportation. Their collection consists of many (I would estimate over 25) steam locos of every era – from the mid 1800’s to the 1940’s; from 0-4-0’s to 4-8-8-4’s; single, compound and even a very rare 3 cylinder.

    Also, as usual, Dave has made another marvelous video. When I see his videos I almost feel like I’m actually running the trains myself!!!

  7. I say again Dave, you’re a star. I so envy your layout and your attention to detail.
    One small point, please ignore me if you don’t agree, with you being able to take such detailed close ups, how about some passengers in your carriages, the Blue Pullman is eerily deserted being lit so nicely
    Keep em coming
    Kind regards

  8. Thank you Charlie for the great pictures. I enjoy them.

  9. Sorry still haven’t won the lottery,

    this video is great. Maybe it is time to move and have a bigger area for an even bigger Layout lol
    well done Dave and I do agree with Jim Wolf I watch the video and “feel as though I am actually running the trains myself” great keep the good work up and I cant wait to see how you get around your ducking under problems.
    Wemyss Bay in Scotland

  10. Dave you have done a great job on your lay out so far. From what you started with,you came a long way. Your lay out is great. Bless you.


  12. There are places In New Zealand, where locos were dumped in rivers.

    Omoto out GreyMouth on the South Island West Coast. lots of locos were dumped there. Some have been fished out.

  13. Nice to se the old sleeping giants Simon, thanks all for comments on my layout , i shall get round to putting passengers in the pullman some time, been spending too much time keeping them ducks of my pond (in reply to Paul Wilson ) ..Thanks again ..Dave

  14. Hi Simon,

    Wow,! a modelers true dream, to be part of restoring an Original Steam Locomotive to it’s former glory, what a great project, but it looks like they have their work cut out for them. Thanks for the pictures as I even liked the photo of the Car so thanks for sharring!!

  15. Nice to see they have made some progress on some of those ‘sleeping giants’. I was there about 20 years ago while in the military and it was a really big junk junkyard of old car and train parts. As far as the old ‘classic’ cars, there are some real beauty’s in Cuba!

  16. My Grandfather had a Ford like that when I was a kid on living on his farm in 1955. I believe it is a ’54 Ford. It is a beauty.

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