Dave’s Christmas video

“I like to use cardboard or thin sheets of balsa wood to make my buildings with. I cut out the windows so they can light up, using a small 12 volt lights. For the windows I like to use transparent overhead film, ( you can get at Office Max). Then I paint the film with a crafters (Glow-in-the-Dark) paint to give it a yellowish tent. This also allows the windows to glow after turning the lights out. You can get this paint at Walmart or most hobby stores. After the paint dries I cut the film to size and when I paint the inside of my building I will apply the window film while the paint is still wet.

I hope this adds to some fun to some of the readers.

Thanks for all your help,


“Hi Al ..Just put this Xmas video together ..bit of fun and also showing a few of my Loco`s at work ..along with Santa paying a visit to Dave`s Model railway ..all the very Best to all your Members ..and a Happy New Year to All ….

Looking Forward to What The New Year will bring Regards Dave …and all the very best for Xmas and the New Year to you and your Family


Latest ebay cheat sheet is here (lots of stuff on there at the mo).

A huge thanks to Dave – his videos are always fun to watch. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

And now back to the countdown for the most popular posts this year. Here’s number 9. And believe it or not, this one was published in 2012 too.

That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming.

Don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to take the plunge with your layout in 2017.



57 Responses to Dave’s Christmas video

  1. Don J says:

    Dave What is the size of your layout room and the layout itself.
    I am amazed at the length of the passenger and freight train you run.
    merry Xmas to you Don J

  2. John Guenther says:

    Thanks once again for all the emails and great tips this year. Merry Christmas to you and yours and may you have many more to come. I really liked the Christmas video again this year.

    John Guenther
    Anderson, Indiana

  3. Ray Kutcher says:

    I have previewed many of your videos and read your model railroad tips. I am a newcomer to modeling railroading and I am curious as to the gauge of your railroad. Keep up the good work very much appreciated. Ray

  4. Geoff Lord says:

    Merry Xmas for 2016 and a happy new to all model railway enthusiasts.

  5. Ken says:

    I’m impressed with your layout great run with the trains very realistic and the set was fantastic.
    Congrats,Merry holidays

  6. Marklin ed says:

    Dave I’m very glad to see that the snow has melted. Thanks again. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. We’re coming to London next year see you then….

  7. Nathan Perreira says:

    Thank you Al, for doing such a great job on this web site always look forward to seeing it weekly.

    David your videos are great I’m always amazed off your talent in detail and even videography with your trains it’s obvious that you put a lot of effort in everything you do. I appreciate someone like you to take some time to show us your talents.

    like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    Nathan on Maui

  8. Roy Forbes says:

    Well done Dave, you are an inspiration to all. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all.

  9. Bill Mailler says:

    That’s an absolutely wonderful set up and thank you for sharing it with everybody. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you !

  10. Eric says:

    Another fantastic Xmas video from the mighty DD who has now gone to Tony’s night club for a few bevies. Happy Christmas to Dave, Debs, Alastair and all you other modellers out there.
    Looking forward to your 2017 videos. Keep up the excellent work.
    Eric (Leeds) UK

  11. Bob says:

    Thank you for trying to stop me from becoming too old

    Merry Christmas

  12. Macbear says:

    Very many thanks to Dave. Also Dave’s mention of Deb is timely – we owe acknowledgements to all who encourage, tolerate and/or humour us in a great hobby. A very Happy Christmas, everyone.

  13. pete freestone says:

    gr8 video as always dave… I starting a potshelf ‘g” scale railway … is there any gr8 benefit to using nickel plated rail as apposed to brass… thx… pete lake havasu city, Arizona, usa. merry Christmas and happy new year

  14. Nathan Perreira says:

    Thank you Dave, looks like you had a lot of fun on this video. Merry Christmas!
    Nathan on Maui

  15. claus says:

    Hi Dave – the reason Santa didn’t bring you that loco you always wanted is, because you didn’t spell his name correctly. His name is CLAUS, like mine, and Clause is his lesser cousin who specialises in Gardening Tools…..
    Happy X-Mas from CLAUS
    (the real one)

  16. Tom Potter says:

    Great railroad and added video. A very merry Christmas to you and your family including your trains.

  17. Kenneth W. Hall Jr says:

    Thanks Dave it brought a smile to my face. Hmm so is Santa Naughty or Nice or maybe a little of both as evidenced in your capturing him at church and out at the pub. Hope you and your family enjoy the holiday season and thanks for sharing your joy of the hobby with us throughout the year. Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year.

  18. Soren Lippert says:

    Thanks Dave for a well directed christmas video – filled with christmas feeling. The sound track is a superb blend of train sounds and music. And thanx to Al for running this enjoyable and useful forum. Best wishes for a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all

  19. Tom Sawyer says:

    Dave what a fantastic job you do both with a layout and camera work. I always enjoy your vids. Merry Christmas to you and yours and a happy New year.

    T.S. Atlanta, Ga. USA

  20. roger palmer says:

    Best wishes and congratulations for all the hard work involved in the layout (etc) and the video – well done

  21. Doug Dickerson says:

    Just so you remember. It’s Christmas and not xmas. Without a birthday, it would be no Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and your family. God Bless.

  22. Rod Mackay says:

    Ah, thank you Dave. Three reds on the back of that brake van by the way, you only show a white to the rear on the sidelight adjacent to the main line when your train is stopped to be overtaken in a goods loop.
    You could have given your little plastic blokes some overtime with a ballast train or two, always some relaying or bridge jobs going on over Chrimbo, ideal for the siggies, double time and a day in lieu and only a handful of freights to work. Only such shift I got was a Boxing Day night 2014, 19-07, on a grade 5, that was Christmas paid for.
    I used to love working afternoons on Christmas Eve, festive spirit, the service winding down early, some excitingly fast and unusual empty stock workings back to the depot, and home in time for a beer and some good telly. Made the mistake once of putting down the carpet offcuts over the lever frame before the last ECS had gone by, he must have been hitting 70-odd, the draught up the slots from the locking room blew them all up in the air and filled the box with a year’s-worth of dust and powdered underlay, took me another half-hour just to sweep it all up tidy for my oppo to come in on the 27th!
    Merry Christmas all!

  23. Tom says:

    I cant believe how much we are all blessed with the contributions of the creative mind of Dangerous Dave. Just wondering if he has rewarded himself with a trip to the “miniature museum” in Hamburg.

  24. Robert Tennison says:

    Thanks Al, you inspire us first time modelers. You make the whole year MERRY and not just at Christmas. I just built our retirement home and converted the attic into a room for a Lionel layout. I follow your website to guide me thru the construction. My hope is to one day have a layout like my hero, Dangerous Dave.
    I have failing eyesight and 5 grandkids, so I decided to go with O scale, -big mistake! I was going to ask Santa for a new Lionel engine,but afraid he would have to sell his sled and reindeers to afford it.
    Thanks again and Merry Christmas from The middle of Texas.

  25. Ron Nelson says:

    Dave really enjoyed your video. Merry Christmas from sunny Flordia. Ron Nelson

  26. Maurice Mahoney says:

    What a tremendous Christmas video!! The snowfall,music and special effects,use of a mini-cam,all serve to give this production a professional feel.It makes me wonder if this was Dave’s occupation at one time…Merry Christmas,Dave,to you and yours….And thank you,Al,for having this website available….

  27. Doug Harley says:

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. You really outdid yourself with this video. Loved everything in it.Your composition and music brought me a lot of happiness as usual.
    Keep up the good work and keep those trains a running! give us a picture of you and Deb sometime.

  28. Don George says:

    Your technical ability is great both in building your railroad and your video skills.
    I like to share with my granddaughter the skills represented on this site. However I decided not to show her this. Here it is Christmas a celebration of the birth of Jesus and the main focus of the video was a naked neon woman stripping. Very disapointing and I thought unnecessary.

  29. Ken Thuilot says:

    Nice video but its titled XMAS which is only used by pagans and ignoramus. Keep Christ in Christmas. Should be Christmas Video. Disappointed .

  30. Ian Fulcher says:

    Thanks Dave for another year of brilliant videos. Best wishes to you and Deb,keep up the good work.Keep the updates coming. Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year .

    Ian F.

  31. Mike says:

    Thanks for the Christmas video & may you & Deb have a


  32. David Wiber says:

    After reading many of the relays all i i can say is “OUTSTANDING” USA

  33. Andrew Aves says:

    Thanks to everyone for their ideas and wisdom. Merry Christmas, a happy and healthy New Year

  34. Danny from Edinburgh Va. says:

    Dave,once again that was just an awesome video.
    I had my family watching it with me and we all enjoyed it so much.
    Keep on bringing the videos we enjoy them so much.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family
    Danny from Va

  35. Ron Schultz says:

    Nice Christmas video. Merry Christmas . As to the loco for Christmas . I will be happy just to get the power to the track problem solved. No power, no trains moving . My walk around throttle system just failed to work . Haven’t had time to really tie into it yet and its been a couple of weeks .

  36. Jack Freshwater says:

    Thanks Dave for a year of great videos of a great train layout and good tips on how to do I’ve been working on a smaller layout than yours I don’t have as much room as you do . I just wanted to wish you and your wife a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year and keep those great videos coming they make my day .
    Jack & Family

    Henagar , Alabama

  37. BobT says:

    Great video which brings a bit of fun to railway modelling.
    Your video technics keep developing.

  38. Donald says:

    Nice video Dave , Have Merry Christmas and a Happy New year from Mena, Arkansas

  39. Allan Clarke says:

    David, I am stuck for words,.
    All I can say is you are a great modeler, and photographer , and one hell of a sun of a gun.
    A merry Christmas and happy new year to you.

  40. Hap Cummings says:

    Love the sound effects Dave. Nice job.

  41. NJ Mark says:

    Dave, Thanks for your Christmas video. I have enjoyed all of your productions. Keep them coming in 2017 and beyond. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Cheers! NJ Mark

  42. John Reynolds says:

    Well done!
    A merry Christmas to all…
    John from California

  43. Ian says:

    I applaud Dave on his latest Christmas video.
    A huge amount of time and effort has gone into
    making it. I always look forward to seeing his
    layout and his impressive variety of rolling stock.
    Keep it going Dave and I enjoy your various tips.

  44. Ian Mc Donald says:

    just a great Xmas video thanks for all the tips and videos over the year Merry Xmas to Deb Dave And Al and to everybody who contributes to this site thanks for a great year of railway modelling.

  45. Dave you make so much effort with these films they are always entertaining and good to have some less serious stuff going on too! The music in the night club is a bit cheesy though! You need some Lady GaGa haha Great effort Merry Christmas

  46. Norman Backman says:

    Dave, Just love to see all your hard work. But like others I don’t find the time just yet to get modelling, but I will in the end. You are such an inspiration to all.

    Could you at some time time go over the technical bits of your layout, or direct me to an earlier video perhaps. Great effort anyway and well done yet again.
    Norman UK.

  47. Dave, you are the best!

    Keep railroading and providing your friends in the community with the inspiration to keep the wheels rolling!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  48. Craig Miller says:

    My god dave! Where do you get the time for all of this? Im so jealous. What a layout! Id like to visit tonys and knock back a few pints.

  49. Merry Christmas and a Very Happy Healthy New Year!!
    Thank You for sharing, and all your valuable tips throughout the year!
    Most Sincerely,
    Phil Saruk
    Killen, Alabama

  50. All I want for Christmas is a new digital camera that I can set for lower pixels
    so I can use it to send pics of the RR that I am building for my son and his son,
    my grand son that I am aloud to talk to unlike my two oldest grandsons ?
    oh well merry Christmas to all on both sides of the pond !

  51. Curly Dave says:

    Brilliant as always Dave, I really enjoy all your videos & look forward to more in 2017, as we say in Suffolk “lovely ol job buh”
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.
    Regards, Dave.

  52. Bill Collins says:

    Always fun to watch your videos. Great Christmas one. Have a merry Christmas from Vancouver WA. USA

  53. Jim Sulkosky says:

    Very nice Dave happy holidays

  54. d j howarth says:

    I would just like to Say Thank you All very Much for Your Kind Comments , and of course the support you have all given over 2016 …just a couple of answers to some of the questions ….the layout is 8ft. x 30ft. with 2 levels …….I started this hobby after I retired at 64 years of age …never used a computer before and my last model railway was at 9 years old …with one of the old Hornby 00 sets …so no excuses for any saying no experience and too old to start …you can see my results after 8 years …not the best and not exact on detail as I know very little about Railways ..but shows that we are never too old to start and can achieve some reasonable results with all the things that are available now for this Hobby …Again I would like To wish You All a Very Merry CHRISTMAS and a Great Modelling New Year …and a Big Thanks To AL for this site with all the useful information that we can all share ….Dangerous Dave and Deb

  55. Dave Fairfull says:

    What can I say that hasn’t been said. Thank you all, and a Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!
    Dave F.
    Canada ( a foot of snow makes it look like Christmas here)

  56. clay says:

    Simply fantastic Dave. My best to you and yours.
    My best to you. Al.


  57. Patti says:

    Dave, you are so creative! I loved the transition between Tony’s and the Church and back. Thanks for the smiles and please keep ’em coming!

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