Dave’s double bill layout videos

“Hi Al,

The first video is showing a loop line which is what is used on single line Railways without a turntable, this of course is how they can run with one loco taking the rake of coaches to the destination and then use the loop to put the loco at the other end of the rake ready for the return journey , this method is used on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, as most of that is single track line without a turntable at either end.

The 2nd video is a running session showing a lot of my different sound Loco`s running singularly with the different sounds from each Loco its always difficult to get a good sound from these small 00 gauge Loco`s, but I think the diesel class 37 `s which are shown on here are as near as one can get to the sound of the full scale Loco.

Hope that this gives some ideas of the different sounds we have on UK Trains . There are different ways of adding sound, some sell these with sound decoders already fitted, but there is also a good choice of suppliers of decoders with sound added and a large choice of speakers which are not too difficult to fit to a DCC ready Loco .

Not a lot new to show on my videos of late, but hope you can enjoy these videos.



A huge thanks to Hall of Fame member, Dave – and everybody else who has submitted tips recently. I’m still getting emails on Chris’ coffee table layout, and the same goes for Mark’s lighting tip too.

Thanks to everyone, you really make this site what it is.

That’s all this time folks, please do keep ’em coming. If the last few posts have inspired you, the Beginner’s Guide will get you going.

And lastly, if you are wondering how Dangerous Dave got his name, the answer is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat here – still going strong.

19 Responses to Dave’s double bill layout videos

  1. NJ Mark says:

    Always great to see Dave’s work. Just love to see his layout over and over again! Thanks, Dave. And thanks, Al for getting his videos to us. Cheers! NJ Mark

  2. Richard Standing says:

    Good videos and nice layout, but just to clear up one thing – whether or not there is a turntable, a run-round loop is still required as the turntable is there to turn locos round, not to get them from one end of the train to the other – though in some cases (usually miniature or narrow gauge – the terminus of the Beer Heights Light Railway springs to mind), the turntable can be used in place of one set of points on the run-round loop, turning the loco round at the same time as putting it on the loop line.

  3. Mike Wyldbore says:

    Dave, You obviously have a lot of stock, but where and how do you store it?

  4. Texas Den says:

    Thanks Dave for all your videos. I purchased one of the Mobius cameras and it was the best thing I did. Not only does it take great videos, it is a big help in track laying and scenery. You can spot an uneven spot on the track or a problem points from track level. .

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  6. TJ says:

    Dave and Al, thank you for entertaining us on a sunny warm Sunday morning. Enjoy your videos every time.

  7. Rod Mackay says:

    How nice to see proper tail lamps in use! Well done Dave. Mind you, the fireman on that 4F forgot to change his lamps round when running round. You can’t get the staff, can you? 🙂


  8. Macbear says:

    Dave, you are an inspiration! My wife kindly tolerates my 00 interest, but she stood amazed at this latest offering as I viewed it. I don’t expect to be doing anything like you have achieved, but it has helped her to understand my intention to modify ready-to-roll stock and create scenery and buildings pretty well from scratch and to my own design.
    Keep up the great work.

  9. Joe says:

    Dave, thank you for posting, love to see that you run European trains, I collect almost exclusively Marklin. I do have most of what they put out in American stock though. I enjoy the best of both worlds. I just have to get myself together to build some sort of layout before I’m too old to do it, lol. Thanks again, really enjoy what you take to time to show us. I collect HO gauge.

  10. Jack says:

    You have a really GREAT layout! Keep up the good work. I am saving your videos hope you don’t mind

  11. Hugo Budzien says:

    We had a 7-1/2″ gauge layout in a private park with a large one way real loop at one end and a 3 track terminal stubbing into a turntable. The 3 tracks act as a run around and passenger terminal. The public really enjoyed watching the locomotives taking a spin. The current management of the club thinks it takes too much time but they do not know how to manage the terminal and they should add a pocket track near the throat to hold an engine ready to back down on an arriving train before the inbound loco even uncouples. A little organization goes a long way. Of course you table top types could program a move like that on your DCS.
    Thanx to Dave for showing us Yanks how its done, Bud

  12. paul Otway says:

    I also liked the film as well, I am sure ,that the fireman’s job is to change the lamps around before running around the train.

    Speaking of buildings, would a British Railways water tower be offered as a model building?

  13. Bruce McIntyre says:

    @ Dave & Al both,

    Firstly to you Al. Thanks for your web site and the time and effort you put in in organizing everything for our enjoyment. It is much appreciated.

    Secondly to you Dave. Thanks for you interest in showing your work/workmanship to others visitors to this site.

    Regarding your loop line. The New South Wales (Australia) Government used to run passenger trains from Newcastle to Maitland on a double line, and then to Telarah, then disconnect the engine from the front of the train and use part of the second line as a loop line to reconnec tthe engine to the “back” of the passenger coaches from the return trip to Newcastle. I know, I traveled on that system for many years. However, the Government had stubby 0-4-0 (I think) locos in the lower “30” class to haul the trains. These locos had side water tanks on both sides and a very small box (probably 6 feet wide x four feet high x 2 feet thick) to hold the coal. Seldom did they use locos with an attached tender.on this service Of course, this all went by the board when they introduces diesel locos and particularly diesel self-propelled passenger carriages.

    Anyway a very good video.


  14. Allan says:

    Hello Dave,
    I would like to know how you built your super suspension bridge. Did you build it from scratch or purchase it as a whole, or in part.
    Also I would just like to ask how that blooming long canal barge that you have, navigates the curve and enters that tunnel, or is it an articulated type.
    Keep up the good work of educating us beginners.
    Allan, Down under.

  15. Ian Mc Donald says:

    been a great afternoon watching train videos .it is an amazing layout and everytime I watch these videos I get back to the shed and do a bit more thanks a lot .

  16. dionisis says:

    As usual Dave has an excellent layout!! Thanks a lot for great videos!!!!

  17. david howarth says:

    Thank you Al for posting the Videos , and thank you all for your comments , just to answer a few , the suspension Bridge is from the Hornby Skaledale collection , it comes in kit form for you to build , as for my stock I keep mainly on the tracks , thats sometimes awkward for trying to re lkocate to a different track , always need plenty of sidings , as run normally no more than 4 at a time as 4 main tracks and easier to control but have been know to run as many as 10 , as for the rear lights being swapped by the fireman I have given him a sever talking to and he promises not to forget next time ..LOL ..!! …Thanks again all for your kind comments …Dangerous Dave

  18. Rene Vanderneut says:

    Hi Dave. Thanks for the two great videos. When you did the sound comparisons I was hoping to hear the horn or whistle at least once so I could compare it to our engines in canada.

  19. Larry says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all your videos since the rebuild to raise the table level. Your thoughtful craftsmanship is a delight and I look forward to each next instalment.

    Your video for the runaround track got me thinking that you could use a wye on your layout to turn those steamers for return trips. Had you considered a hidden wye near one end which could back into a space under the eaves behind your sidewalls?

    Keep those wheel turning,

    Larry from Alberta Canada

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