Dave’s Monster layout

“Hi Alastair

I bit of a reconfiguration of the layout.

After some time making mess with construction and plaster etc, I get to the point I just want to run trains.
Anyway, have added a mine with a pretty cool n scale rope shovel.

Still a long way to go, and I need the eBay gods to deliver some more scenery material, but here’s some shot from today. Ran some new kato with an old sentimental favorite, the concor black widow pa.



That’s all today.

Don’t forget, latest ebay cheat sheet is here.



37 Responses to Dave’s Monster layout

  1. C.J. May says:


  2. Timothy says:

    Awesome picks love it

  3. mike(newbe) says:

    Dave did you a marrow to take your pic’s everything is backwards , dads train room is hard to read,

  4. dennis Franklin says:

    It looks good and spacious – not overcrowded like some.

    “Dad’s Train room” – Is Dad really that backwards ? (joking of course)

    AL – Is your spelling going to pot – “Emporer (?) Way ” ?

    D. I. Franklin

  5. Arnie Steiner says:

    Hi Dave – Looks like very interesting track plan from the pics. Nice job of scenicking the rugged terrain.


  6. Andrew Johnson says:

    It’s a lovely layout
    and nice to see the pictures. but why are some of the pictures mirrored?

  7. Richard H chapple Sr says:

    I really like your scenery work. The grounds and rock work look very natural. The mine area is super looking. And enjoyed the close up of the dash 9 crossing on the bridge to show off more of the ground works. Look forward to seeing more as you continue.

  8. ben miller says:

    like it lots to work from

  9. Joe says:

    Awesome work…love it.

  10. Ed Dunaway says:

    Totally agree with You about spending quality time with kids.
    My niece and I spent hours and hours running trains when she was little.
    Best time Ever……
    Nice Layout more pictures Please!

  11. Can’t wait till it’s done you make me want do just as good

  12. Peter the mackem Jones says:

    Looking very impressive Dave. The scenics are tremendous keep up the great work. Peter

  13. Dave Leask says:

    Great Layout, Mate!

  14. Mark noble says:

    Please tell what are those great looking
    Mountains made from

  15. Tom says:

    Dave, thanks for sharing what you do best. I am very great full to you for what you have taught me through your continued commitment to this site.
    Thank you Al for bringing it to us.

    best regards.


  16. Russell House says:

    Hey Alastair. Like others, I noticed that all the pictures for “Dave’s Monster Layout” are backwards. No biggie. Just noticed, that’s all. Great layout, though.
    I work for Caterpillar Inc., which purchased Bucyrus recently. So, the rope shovel caught my attention. I couldn’t read the decal to determine who’s it was, but it being yellow could it be a Cat machine?

  17. tadheath says:

    That is a sweet a layout!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the loco

  18. tadheath says:

    That was suppose to be….LOVE THE LOCOS TOO!!!!!!

  19. Ray Appenzeller says:

    Nice layout! I was wondering where you got the locomotive maintenance building/shed. I like the design of it. I have one more small request or statement regarding the pictures in general. This has nothing to do with anyone’s layout at all. It must be me, I would love the opportunity to enlarge the photographs, my eyesight is not as good as it use to be. Would it be possible to develop a photo enlargement selection link to the photographs?

  20. chris says:

    Very nice layout , more pictures please.

  21. Dennis says:

    Dave must have 2 things I don’t. Money & time.
    Great work Dave.

  22. Ross says:

    Great layout! Well done!Gtave me some ideas for mine. Cheers Rossco

  23. Eric 7 says:

    Love the mountains, but the engine shed must have been thirsty work 🙂

  24. george greasley says:

    Notice this project has drove you to drink!! The 3 bottles in the one picture…lol Nice layout and keep us posted on the progress.

  25. Ray Ehlert says:

    regarding that comment on enlarging the pictures, I go to the top of my screen and click on view and then click on zoom that pops up and then click on 200% and they get much larger. try it …

  26. Garry says:

    great looking layout congrats love to see the track plan

  27. Preston Dannelley says:

    I really admire the abilities of you N-Scalers. Trying to work in such small areas and in such intricate detail would cramp my bigass hands and drive the rest of me bonkers! Pardon my French, hehehe. Well done sir and thanks for taking the time out from running your trains to take some pics for us.

  28. Jim says:

    Very nice layout. Keep up the good work

    Jim AZ

  29. Warren Ferguson says:

    Dave, you have a great layout already, but when the eBay gods come through for you, it’s gonna be superfine! Please send more pics as time permits. I love to see the progress of the work. Warren, AL, USA

  30. David Hannan says:

    Wow! What a wonderful room! What are the dimensions out of interest?

  31. Robert Brady says:

    YREV ECIN lol Very nice layout

  32. John zupancic says:

    Love that drag line. Was it a lit or did you scratch build it?

  33. Kenneth says:

    All the pictures in this post were reversed for some reason, look closely and you will see the reverse lettering ……..

  34. Chris Sylvester says:

    Wow !!!! That’s a great job on your layout!!!

  35. Henry Ellison says:

    Great layout

  36. Ron says:

    To zoom in on pictures, click the picture, hold the Ctrl button down and then click the + button as many times as you need to enlarge the picture. Click the return arrow button to return to the email.

  37. John Bullock says:

    Nice and natural scenery. Good flow to this layout!

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