Daves model railway

Dave’s model railway pops up alot on the blog.

Dave’s always making vidoes, but I thought it would be good to see some pics of his fab layout:

“Hi Al… well got my computer back so up and running again, weather up here has been atrocious… just nothing but rain rain and more rain… so an ideal time to go up in to the loft and run a few trains.

I have featured more on my HST Inter City 125, as last week was a sad farewell to the HST`s running on East Midlands Railway, after 45 years of service.

These Icons of Brith Rail more or less are now all retired. Still the odd versions running, think mainly in Scotland.

These were the mainstay that pulled BR out of the problems they were having with old rolling stock and unreliable Loco`s… and with a speed record for diesels of just over 145 MPH.

Hope this video gives you and members something to watch besides the rain we are experencing, with the gardens taking a back seat these days



daves model railway

daves model railway

daves model railway

daves model railway

daves model railway

daves model railway

HST intercity 125

daves model railway

HST intercity 125

daves model railway

You can see more of Daves model railway on his a Hall of Fame page.

I know Dave has shared lots of videos on the blog, so it’s really nice to have some pics to look at and see the details which you perhaps miss with a video.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your own layout.



17 Responses to Daves model railway

  1. Heather Logan says:

    I know what happen there Dave the Ginger Bread Man popped up & changed the points on you mate better have a special word with him I think ha ha ha loved it mate as always.

  2. Colin Edinburgh says:

    Dave Never mind the garden I think its time you got your roof repaired. Serious;y thanks for the pics and video. well worth a watch as usual. Static pictures help to show the detail on your railway.

  3. Colin Meads says:

    As a young police officer in the early 1970’s I was posted to Shepherd’s Bush, which covered Old Oak Common depot. We would go up to the sheds and look at the new IC125 which had just arrived. I grew up in Hammersmith and when I look back now at what I did as a young boy, train spotting with friends. I was fortunate enough to live in Sinclair Road which overlooked the west. London line. During the 1950’s in the summer I would see many steam locos from the LMS, Southern and GWR pull holiday specials. We would also bunk in the back entrance of Old Oak Common shed and wonder around between the loco’s, coming back black, especially feet from the coal dust. All this around the ages of 9-14. I now have a Lima IC 125 Which I have resurrected from over 25 yrs ago when my boys were young. I have now built a set for the grandchildren. I am trying to work how to get the body off the passenger carriage to put LED lights in ( battery op with magnetic switch) which my grandson adores. Sadly they live in the US and we have not seen them for over a year, but we FaceTime regularly and we play with the trains. I also send video clips. I did ask Hornby about their new HM 6000 and could it be made Wi-Fi operable, so that Sammy could control the trains whilst we played over FaceTime. Any advice on removing the body from the Lima 125 coach would be appreciated. Thanks Dave for your inspirational blogs. I have a lot of catching up to do.

  4. Richard Chapple Sr says:

    Dave it’s always fun to watch and study your layout. Just so good. After you take your videos, what programs do you use to turn them into the final product for show? I take videos of my layout too, but still learning how to make them presentable for showtime. It is a struggle yet to clean them up, add music, and upload to you tube. And then how do you send the videos to Al?
    Dick from Hardin Mt USA

  5. Graham Smith says:

    The old 125’s were great trains, but a bit noisey (we live close to a main line) The original engines were bad but the replacements were much better, but you still had two large diesels, one at each end. The modern passenger sets that have replaced them are much quieter with several smaller engines share out among the coaches.
    I can go back 60 years to the Blue Pullman trains that were the spitting image of the 125’s but were ground breakers in the early 60’s. To see what I mean check out the 6th picture down in Dave’s article.
    Another great video and well done Dave for showing the crash!!
    PS I hope you get the roof fixed soon.

  6. Robert Brady says:

    DANGEROUS DAVE: THE gray and white coaches featured Can you give me the
    name of the model , manufacturer and where to buy them?
    I love those passenger cars. They would go great with my Locomotives. Thank you in advance
    Robert Brady

  7. Rod Mackay says:

    HSTs are not quite dead yet. Great Western has a small fleet reduced to four trailers all fitted with powered plug doors and meeting the disabled access regs, for use on regional services such as Cardiff-Bristol-Taunton. The power cars are derated but with only half the trailers they still have the power to weight ratio of a startled rabbit. I see the sound chip in yours is still giving you Paxman Valenta engines, wonderful noise! Did you know Paxmans also, I believe, built the locos for the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Ry? There’s a spread of technology for you!

  8. Rob McCrain says:

    Nice running session Dave. Thank you, Rob McCrain – Farland Howe

  9. Peter Farrington says:

    On a day like today with the start of another wet one with a forecast of thunder and hale it does the old ticker good when Delightful Dave produces another great video, you are an inspiration to us all Dave, keep it up. I personally am not a diesel fan but I did have the amazing fortune to be on ‘The Red Rose’ from Liverpool Lime Street to London with one stop at Crewe so I and my friends could get home, this particular running was hauled by the prototype ‘Deltic’ which showed it’s power and speed capability by touching 100 mph in a very short after clearing Runcorn, your ‘Deltic’ brings back some great memories of being an apprentice in the early 1960’s.I will never manage to have my layout looking anything as good as yours but then, mine is outside in the lovely English summer weather.

  10. TOO COOL………………

  11. Erick says:

    Wow that Kool.!!!!!! That’s big layout

  12. Gerry Keffer says:

    That’s a beautiful and well running layout Dave has. I especially love the backdrop scenery and was wondering where you purchased it from.

  13. Great!Great!GREAT!!! But then it is Dave at the helm.
    Nice to see the accolades Dave from across the pond and near to home. Another winner in the video department Dave, well done.
    I am now running some Hornby 00 Live Steam along side my analogue set up. Now that would be good to see on Dave’s layout wouldn’t it? I’m sure there must be someone who lives reasonably close to Dave who could organise it. I am way down in South West England, so unfortunately I cannot.
    Lovely still shots too Dave, have you thought of taking some in monochrome?

  14. David Fairhurst says:

    Lovely layout Dave . . . . must be a great “get away from it all”!! I think a lot of us here in the UK are getting quite nostalgic about the HST’s. One of the things was that they were the end of the old style coach layouts with four seats and a table at each window. Some of the trains even had a restaurant! (I used to travel on the “Clansman” from Birmingham to Inverness regularly in the 70’s and the restaurant on that loco hauled train (Class 87 to Coatbridge and 47 to Inverness on the non electrified Highland line) was great . . . full cooked lunch and then later afternoon tea!! It is funny to think that the HST was originally just meant to be a stop gap until the APT (advanced passenger train) came into use. Little did we know!

  15. DJfromNJ says:

    Dave, Thanks for a very entertaining video. Your little photo bomber reminds me of the “Kilroy was here” sketches that were a staple of earlier times. Keep up the good work, please!

  16. Terence Plunkett says:

    I think I just saw a video by Dangerous Dave that did NOT have one of Dangerous Dave’s Dreaded Deltics running. Is this a world first?
    Just kidding … love Dave’s work and watch every one of them. He’s a railway modelling genius!
    Plunko in Oz.

  17. Thank you all for your comments , yes its sad to see these Icons the HST`s disappearing from our Railways , but we all have now to go Green and everything has to be Electric …..just wonder who is right …think Electric can be using up a lot of what they are trying to preserve…
    to try and answer a few questions ..
    Colin to lift the body of Lima (i have non so cannot give details , but maybe the web site would give instructions..a useful tool for extracting bodys is the plastic Plectrums guitar players use they slide up the side of the body making it easier to extract once the screw if fitted have been removed
    Richard I use Cyberlink Power Directoir for editing my videos
    Robert ..the Coaches used on there are the Hornby HST coaches which can be found at model shops or even on Ebay
    Gary my backscenes are from Gaugemaster , they sell for around 3 in a pack for about £9
    And yes I think it was Ginger who turned the points and caused that derailment ..??
    Thanks again all for comments ..Dangerous Dave

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