Dave’s model railway

Dave’s model railway features a lot on the blog.

And he’s just sent me this. As usual, I enjoyed it, so I’m posting it:

“Hi Al, just had a day out on the North Yorkshire Moors yesterday and of course managed to capture some steam trains running through that beautiful Countryside.

Just thought it could be entertaining for to some of the members?



Dave’s mail got me thinking… “it sometimes helps to get ideas on a model railway…”

So I thought I’d look at some of his layout pics – rather than one of his videos. Then I thought, because there’s been a run on old layout pics, I thought I’d find the earliest pics I have of Dave’s model railway.

And you really can where he gets his ideas from:

(Click to enlarge.)

model train canal scene

daves model railway

model train level crossing

model train canal scene

daves model railway

Dave’s model railway:

model train village scene

daves model railway bus

model train house

model train cafe

daves model railway platform

model train sidings

daves model railway engine shed

modle train sidings

model train fire station

model train canal

A huge thanks to Dangerous Dave – you can see more him in the Hall of Fame.

If you are wondering why he’s called Dangerous Dave, the answer is half way down this post.

What’s more, since I’ve been in touch with Dave, he’s had bike accidents, falls in the garden, all sorts in fact. His nickname is spot on, just like his model railway. I really do enjoy all of his posts.

You’ll see from his Hall of Fame page how helpful he is too – many of his youtubes are ‘step by step’ or ‘how to’ model train help.

Some of his vids are laugh out loud funny too, the ginger bread man makes a few cameo appearances.

Hope you enjoyed a little more of Dave’s model railway.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

49 Responses to Dave’s model railway

  1. mark Allen says:

    As always Dave knocks it out of the park. Beautiful work.

  2. Looking back at those pictures Al , it makes me wonder why I ever changed my layout ….looked better in the early days ..but a lot of crawling under the layout was involved …Dangerous Dave

  3. NJ Mark says:

    Loved the video of the beautiful countryside and the wonderful old trains! Cheers! NJ Mark

  4. Rube Simon says:


  5. Rich says:

    I think this was the best post I have ever seen!!

  6. Mike. Wales,Wisconsin USA says:

    Dangerous Dave is “FANTASTIC DAVE”.He takes and composes wonderful videos.A joy to watch.

  7. Love it!, especially the Jaguar MKII, or “Green Frog” as we called ours.

  8. Jim says:

    Wow! Dave’s videos are stunning. Thank you for the pictures of the layout as well.

  9. Dan Hulitt says:

    What an enjoyable ride thru the British countryside. I was a little surprised that the passenger consist needed both a puller and a pusher, but they were making pretty good speed. A real delight to watch.
    The Native American dancers with pan flute reminded me of the entertainment we often saw in the town squares on the European continent.

    Minnesota Dan

  10. John says:

    I totally agree with the other comments. To see the fabulous actual countryside video footage in comparison with Dave’s make believe, but so “real” world was more than wonderful. I wish we had a live steam day in the U.S. (We do have a fake world in Washinton, DC, but that’s another story.)

    Thanks Dave and thanks Al for pairing up the photos of Dave’s layout with Dave’s video footage.

    John – Massachusetts, USA

  11. Dan Hulitt says:

    “Whitby is a seaside town in Yorkshire, northern England, split by the River Esk. On the East Cliff, overlooking the North Sea, the ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for “Dracula”. Nearby is the Church of St. Mary, reached by 199 steps. The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, in the house where Cook once lived, displays paintings and maps. West of town is West Cliff Beach, lined with beach huts.”

    I had to research where Whitby was and was wondering what the ruins were. The above is a quick quote from Google. Of course this only useful to us from across the various ponds. You Brit lads probably know this all too well. Thanks again Dave and Al.

    Mn Dan

  12. Well,Dave,you’ve done it again!! A wonderful layout!! I liked the old one as well but change is always good.Thanks for all your hints too!!
    Bob G from across the pond.

  13. Jim says:

    Great stuff, Dave. Appreciate your modeling skills as your scenes and scenery are interesting and realistic. Looking forward to seeing your new layout.

    Jim AZ

  14. Robert Brady says:

    Dave and Deb Love the adventure,give us more.
    Dave is that real WATER? iT SURE LOOKS LIKE IT. love THE LAYOUT!

  15. Tom Sawyer says:

    Outstanding as always Dave! You should come to the U.S. some time and ride and film the excursion rides here, ie. The Shays in West Virginia and steamers in Colorado,etc. YOU ARE A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER!


  16. Gregory Oliver says:

    I have been looking for and HO scale rail suspension bridge for a long time with no luck. I notice a very nice suspension bridge on the upper level rail line in the background of Dave’s railroad pictures. Can you or anyone tell me where to get one of those suspension bridges.

    Thank you

  17. Andrew Aves says:

    Thanks Dave and Al,
    Loved to see the 92 Squadron Spitfire Class. I remember seeing them thunder through the Kent countryside pulling the Golden Arrow on route to Dover Harbour to connect with the ferry to France and the smoke billowing up to the roof of Victoria Station as one completed the journey to London.

  18. James Maitland says:

    As always Dave has put one out of the park as we say on the west side of the great water. Loved the video, sure wish we could be allowed to run steam as much as the Brits!

  19. Mr. Alastair:
    I can see were Mr. Dave get his ideas from also and being he uses eastern design trains instead of the western design, but he does make beautiful layouts for trains. Just wish I had the place to do what I want to do

  20. Warner Smith says:

    Loved the video through the countryside and the pics of the layout are fantastic. So much more to strive for. Thanks for sharing this one. Fantastic.

  21. Ian McDonald says:

    that was a great video. nice seeing the old steam trains. nice layout pictures thanks for sharing.for some reason my replys don’t make it any more onto the list of other replys so don’t know where they go.

  22. Tony Cooper says:

    Great video yet again Dave, so good we are coming up your way in a couple of weeks time and will definitely find some hours to spend on what in my view is the best heritage railway in the UK. To Minnesota Dan, the reason for the two engines was not lack of power, more a surfeit of engines for the gala (10 I believe). So in order for folks to see as many as possible, they were top and tailed.
    And to John in Mass. go to Durango, Col for Durango and Silverton Railway. Fabulous rolling stock and even more fabulous scenery.


    Tony in Cardiff

  23. Charles Zeis says:

    Amazing I’m proud of this man. Train world is bad.

  24. Keith Miller says:

    Great to see some of Dave’s old layouts. Thanks to Dave & Deb for taking the trouble to put their NYMR trip together for our benefit. We really are very lucky in the UK that so many people are prepared to keep these Heritage Lines going.

  25. Nick says:

    Fabulous little movie… loads of inspiration to take from this. From the landscape to the Shepard and his sheep, to the little footbridge, fabulous! Thanks Dave!

    And, Al, great pics to share again, got me thinking about a new landscape to design. Cheers both! 🙂

  26. Dave the video is awesome 👌, it is always interesting to view other parts of the world.

  27. Dave’s videos are stunning!!
    Thank you for the pictures of the layout as well as the videos.
    You are such a big motivator to me and other members!
    Well done Dave I only wish I had as much energy and drive!

    Peter Rothwell

  28. Chris Sylvester says:

    Wow that’s a really cool video I liked thanks for sharing it!!!

  29. Roger Vipond says:

    For Gregory – the suspension bridge is a “classic ” Hornby item. Not in production now, but quite often available on ebay (in the UK of course!) …

  30. This video is Dave’s best so far.

  31. george zaky says:

    Thank you. Big Al’s bringing us back and your video were terrific. They named you ” Dangerous” but they got it all wrong. People who do nothing never get themselves into trouble, Those that ” Do” have stories to tell and are the most interesting. You have a gift in seeing the beauty in things and even better you are sharing all that with us.
    Big Al
    Love what you do.
    All be safe and well
    George from LI, NY

  32. Fred Alsup says:

    I’d like to know what software Dave used to produce the video?

  33. Great video, Thank You so much for it, it sure gave me inspiration, and enjoyment

  34. Kevin McArdle says:

    The tracking the second picture with the truck in the background has a serious gap where it joins with another track. That’s a serious operation and derailment issue.

  35. Kevin McArdle says:

    The track in the second picture with the truck in the background has a serious gap where it joins with another track. That’s a serious operation and derailment issue.

  36. John Hauser says:

    Dave has proven time and again that he is both our inspiration and a master at model train layouts. Dave’s video’s are much appreciated and the live pictures of Britain’s lovely country side are an added benefit. Most of all his layout is spectacular, ever changing, as well as his helpful tutorials where he shares his techniques and frustrations. BRAVO!

  37. bobschroeder says:

    Great video,Great pictures
    Thanks dave
    bob from florida

  38. Jim Richards says:

    I really do enjoy Dave’s Steam Train Videos. Not just for the trains, but for the views as well. He and Deb seem to have such a great eye for capturing the local scenery and framing the train within the lens with lots of the landscape around it gives it such a great feel. Thanks for sharing.

    Jim Richards

  39. TOO COOL,gotta love the steamers!!

  40. Steve Ruple says:

    Dave, awesome video and pictures. “WOW” Dave, now I know were you got the name “dangerous Dave”. Please be more carful !!!!!!!!!!

  41. Thomas Everest says:

    Perhaps Dangerous Dave is too modest to let you know. For those of you who would like to view more of his videos; go to YouTube.com and search for either “Deb and Dave” or “David Howarth”.

    Of course also for Al and Dave; as well as all of you contributors: Keep ’em coming.

  42. David says:

    After looking at Dave`s pictures I find myself full of nostalgia, not just for the trains, but also for the vehicles he has on his layout, Dave has obviously deliberately populated his layout with vehicles that worked around his local area, I live in South Yorkshire and my early working years were spent driving both trucks and buses for companies based here, I drove real life examples of the Bristol RE coach, Albion Clydesdale Ripponden & District truck shown in the 2nd pic, the Leyland Comet (or Beaver) shown in the 3rd and 4th pics, the AEC Regent Double Deck shown Halifax Corporation colours in pic 5, and the Thames Trader D30 shown in Hanson livery, (That is when mine actually worked, which wasn’t very often) and of course the Bedford TK shown outside the Fire Station, only the Albion had a fully synchromesh gearbox, most had “crash” gears on 1st, 2nd and 3rd with only top gears synchromesh and none of them had power steering, some people say “The good old Days”, but looking back it wasn`t very good driving most of those vehicles, I think driving a locomotive with a good fireman by your side must have been much better.

  43. Mike Matejka says:

    Dave’s as good with his camera as he is with his modeling skills!

  44. alfredo pacifici says:

    Awesome layout , good job !!!!!!!!

  45. …………….well done……………….well done…………………………………..

  46. Thank you all for your comments re my railway ..this is of course one of my earlier layouts , a lot has changed since then…and Dave as for the old trucks , yes one that sticks out for me was the old Big J with DB 6 gearbox gardner 180 engine and no turbo , no powered steering , what a ????? to drive
    …as for the Steam video from the NYMR , its a place my wife Deb and myself enjoy visiting on a regular basis , it is approx 1 hour from home so very handy for visiting this wonderful part of the Uk , with its Countryside and of course the heritage Railway ….thanks again. for all your comments …Dangerous Dave

  47. Will in NM says:

    Absolutely fabulous video Dave! I really love seeing all that green Yorkshire countryside. I like the way Birtish towns are built with the houses tightly grouped like row houses so that more open land is preserved for agriculture and its natural beauty. You are a master photographer as well as a model railroader.

  48. Art Bearden says:

    Mr. Dave:
    The pictures were beautiful with or without the trains in them, but I will have to say, that those steam engines did look nice in the videos and stills.
    Have not seen a real train in over 5 years moved from Jacksonville to New Port Richey Florida and I think the closes train track is in Tampa, FL.
    Good days to you and yours enjoy the days and the weekends also GOD bless.
    Keep the train videos coming.

  49. dave as always your video is fantastic pictures of your old layout aare also excellent.

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