Dave’s layout tour

Just a quickie today.

Dave has been kind enough to put together a ‘tour’ of his layout. Hope you enjoy it much as I did.

“Hi Al,

I was asked a few times for the size of my layout , and a few said they would like a tour of it ..here it is …


Still getting comments on the ebay cheat sheet. Thank you!

Keep ’em coming.



54 Responses to Dave’s layout tour

  1. Paul Wilson says:

    Hi Dave,
    a great insight to your layout, I love the changes, and look forward to future videos and information… I am afraid I still haven’t won the lottery however I will be in contact the day I do.

    Have a great weekend and happy days
    all the very best Paul Wilson

  2. Max Dosser says:

    Dave, You are absolutely incredible.
    Your layout defies imagination.
    Keep the videos coming.

  3. Dave Fairfull says:

    Thanks for the tour. Like Dave says 500 channels nothing on.

  4. Dennis says:

    Fantastic Dave. It may be rude to ask, but how much do you have invested in your layout?

  5. John M says:

    Very nice! I really enjoy watching your layout in operation Dave. Itight be fun to see a video history showing the progression and changes of the layout over the years if you still have the video. Thanks for sharing it with us!


  6. Al says:

    Great layout. Only hope mine will be half as good. Thanks Dave. Al please keep them coming. .

  7. Michael Ankerson says:

    Great Great GREAT!!!

    You sir, are the BEST!!!

  8. PETER BENSON says:


  9. Charles Lopez says:

    Dave, Thank you for sharing your amazing layout. In the 6 years from the start you have created a beautiful, working and detailed Model Railroad. I only hope that someday I too can create a layout as nice as yours. Your video work is spot on. Keep them coming and best to you and your layout.

  10. 'nother grandpa says:

    Like everyone else, I am in awe and look forward to seeing much more. I am with John M in voting for a progression video, but it is easy to sit out here in the peanut gallery and ask for more… more… more. We appreciate all you do send, Dave. (And, by the way, sound quality for your voice seems much better on this video — thanks!!!!) Best regards and keep up great work.

  11. Toni Olivar says:

    Of the several layouts that I have seen, for basically being an oval track layout. This layout is one of the most active. While located in the middle, just by turning a bit, an operator is in view of a different scene. From a countryside scene, to a township, to a industrial scene, with each section being detailed as if from real life. You are a master of your craft and your small world creation. Four Aces for you.

  12. Thanks all for your kind comments , Dennis I darnt add it up , but another way of looking at it , over the 6 years if I had been as smoker (they are expensive in the UK ) think that buying a packet a day I would have spent more than I have on the layout ….Cheers All

  13. paul Otway says:

    Thanks Dave ,

    you have a wonderful layout.

  14. John says:

    Dave, you are a master of the trade. Thanks for your videos which are both entertaining and informative. If only mine could be half as good.


  15. Arnie Steiner says:

    Hi Dave — Great tour of the real estate. You’ve certainly accomplished a phenomenal amount of work in 6 years given the size of the layout and the enormity of space to detail.

    As always, great work!

  16. Don Garner says:

    Dave’s layout is outstanding. My great grandson and I have enjoyed his videos and look forward to them every day. Did I understand him to say his layout is 8′ x 30′? It looks much bigger than that. What scale is he running? N–HO?

  17. THOMAS says:


  18. Willie Kerr (Glasgow) says:

    Really enjoyable watching your Layout Dave. I moved house and I am just starting my layout again so all your useful tips are much appreciated. Are you using DCC? It looks a daunting task upgrading all my old stock to suit DCC.

  19. Steve. says:

    Hi Dave, superb layout, I am in the process of rebuilding my layout in a large shed in the garden and have been following all your videos. Thanks for all the great tips. You are right about the cost, I think a packet of fags is about £7.50 and I don’t think I spend that amount on the railway every day. Cheers Steve.

  20. Denny Bingaman says:

    Great Layout.

    What I’m really posting is What a Great DEAL on the Bundle!!! I’m not even ready for them yet, but the deal is TOO good NOT to buy them.

    I’m building an “S” gauge layout, I did a “test” print of one of the buildings. I set my printer @ 118%, when the print came out it was all on one 8.5 x 11 inch paper. It looked like HO scale size. What am I doing wrong? Any suggestions will be appreciated. I can’t wait to start my buildings, when needed.

  21. Ron from Kentucky says:

    Great layout, intricate detail of landscape, buildings. I envy he space and the numer of main lines, sidings etc.

    Please consider the “rate of high speed travel of the passenger cars”. Like to see you put a stop watch and time what a highspeed travels your passenger seem to be racing faster than what scale 70-75 mph dictates; especially around the turns. I just cannot imagine high speed turns without some slow down. Feels like they are racing around at about 100mph.

    Also on your truns and the long passenger cars, I was always advised to have a minimal amount of overhang of cars. Solution is to have shorter cars or wider radius (which you seem to have at a maximum).

  22. Stuart says:

    You could spend hours looking at this set up and always see something new. It’s wonderful and I hope one day to be able to have the room to make a really big town just like Dave has. Thanks for sharing that, it’s been fantastic watching you develope your model over the past year or two

  23. Rod Mackay says:

    Tremendous effort for six years Dave! Well done. If you’re doing a rebuild though, we do NOT run trains through goods sheds, both because of the safety of the people working and goods being stored/transferred in the shed, and because you don’t want to block a running line for ages while loading/unloading. Anyway, shunting’s half the fun!

  24. Cyril says:

    Fantastic Dave; an inspiration to us all but although it took six years, how on earth did you find the time? A very understanding spouse no doubt.
    A pleasure to view your wonderful layout.
    Keep the videos coming.
    Thank you

  25. Phil Allen says:

    Hi Dave, love the way you explain your process of building things, even when it goes wrong. You have a great layout there.Would like to see what else you can do to an almost perfect layout.
    Looking at what you have done, you must have something else up your sleeve.
    Keep the vids coming.

  26. Dexter Carr says:

    Awesome, brilliant, amazing, this is how I would like my layout to look when my dad gets on with it.
    Dexter, age 7

  27. Ian says:

    Hello Dave, This video with the wide shots of your layout and the start 6 years ago is an eye opener and the work involved is huge. I take it you found some models of Halifax buses in their distinctive livery…..nice touch! Ian

  28. Ray says:

    Wow, absolutely amazing. Love to see your videos!

  29. Jack Taylor says:

    Dave’s layout is great – but you can’t understand a word he is saying as he describes the layout, he mumbles his words to the point that we miss out on his wisdom.


  30. Jim Ford says:

    Hi Dave,
    I view your creation in awe!
    But I am puzzled why your trains run ‘wrong road’?

  31. Clifford Brannan says:

    I have been following Dave for a very long time, I love the teaching and tips he gives out. You have a wonderful layout, so much to look at and such great detail. I have always wanted to build my own layout, after watching Dave through the years I am now been inspired enough to start my own, thank you and keep up the great work. It is the highlight of my week yo get off work and see what new Dave has posted new.

  32. JOHN LANDRY 4/16/2015 Lake Charles, LA.70607 U.S.A. says:

    I did enjoy your Model Rail Way. I especially Liked your track cleaning car. Did you make this car, or is it a ready to run cleaning car ? Thanks for sharing your layout.

    LoUiSiAna. U.S.A.

    Lake Charles, LA. U.S.A.

  33. Gerry says:

    Very nice Dave. I only have one question, “Whar are you using to take and then put together your wonderful video’s?

  34. Jack Bury says:

    Great layout, Dave. Thanks for sharing your tour. I only wish I had the space to build a layout anywhere near the size of yours. Keep up the good work.

    Jack in PA

  35. Milton Robinson says:

    I agree with all the accolades on this remarkable layout! However, I would like to know the width of his center aisle, width of shelves and gauge. Thanks!
    Milton in Texas

  36. Cary B says:

    Nice video Dave, You have come a long way from start of layout. Thanks for sharing.

    Cary B USA

  37. Dave w says:

    HI Dave ,
    There’s no brass better & wisely spent than that earned by a Yorkshire-man on stuff that he enjoys. Excellent value, every credit Dave.
    Good Luck with the refurbishment thro’ winter.

  38. Mike Childs says:

    Hi Dave, I truly enjoy watching the great videos of your great layout however I have a problem in that regardless of the device I am using ( iPad, Dell desktop or MacBook Pro), the volume of your narrative is so low that I have to struggle to hear it. I have the volume turned to the loudest setting on all three devices . Perhaps it’s just me. At any rate, as everyone that leaves a comment says, your layout is tremendous and a real joy to see. I should tell you, however that you have all your vehicles on the wrong side of the road ( just a little humor from Minnesota). Keep them coming and thank you. Mike

  39. Tom Sawyer says:

    Outstanding as always Dave! A large tip of the hat to you.

  40. Robert Brady says:

    Never seizes to amaze me,! question,Why the blinking resident lights at cross walks?

  41. Mike says:

    Awesome, great job, I love your layout.

  42. John Richmond says:


    I installed a navy blue velvet skirt around the inside perimeter of my layout to cover up all the stuff under my layout. I think a velvet skirt around your layout would look great too.
    You have indeed made an incredible train layout. Congratulations.


  43. Brad says:

    Welp I am deaf and the captions are in Portugese lol

  44. Antony says:

    More wonderful stuff from a great layout. A plaesure to watch, as always.

  45. Tom says:

    Dave Your railroad is fantastic. I have watched many of the videos you have made Great job well done Question, Do all of your cars have the same couplers or do you use different types?

  46. John Perrin says:

    I would like to know the size of Dave’s layout and what gauge it is.

  47. george zaky says:

    You are the Prime Minister of the Hall of Fame. Thank you for ALL you have shown us.
    A real challenge would be to incorporate a Faller vehicle system -just to drive you crazy- LOL.
    Be well
    George from NY

  48. Norman Rosen says:

    You did all this in only 6 years? Unbelievable. As stated by others, I enjoy your video tours as each time I see something new.

  49. jerry says:

    What scale?

  50. Robert Brady says:

    OH Mcgoo/Dave you’ve done it again! And still commercial free.

  51. Robert Brady says:

    Jerry 00

  52. Will in NM says:

    Dave, Thanks for the tour of your fantastic layout. Did I hear you correctly: Your layout room is 30 x 80 feet? Wow! That’s about the same square footage as my entire house. So, the whole works cost you less than 2200 packs of cigarettes — sounds like a bargain. 🙂 Since I quit smoking three years ago, I’m spending my cigarette savings on plenty of new model railroad equipment. Keep those great videos coming!

  53. CARL ANGDAHL says:

    Very nice video, well done indeed. Lots of passenger service I see. I to would like more…, more. Close ups of some of those amazing structures would be great.

  54. Douglas Alexander says:

    Hi David wonder if you can show the tour again as I don’t seem to have the link or pictures above.

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