Dick’s portable G scale

“Hi Al

Got the new Loco at last ..its the Class 43 HST ..This of course is the 40 th year of this Iconic Loco joining British Railways in 1976 ..she held the record as the fastest diesel loco in the world ..and Hornby have produced this model the Inter City 125 …sit back and enjoy the beauty of Loco doing a tour of Dave`s Model Railway

I know that my layout is more 60`s, but just could not resist this model which is mid 70`s and I am sure all the members will appreciate seeing this model.



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Maybe one day Dave will add subtitles to his videos – I know there’s bit of a language barrier if you’re on the other side of the pond. Either way I’m still very happy to have Dangerous Dave in the Hall of Fame.

To those unfamiliar with Dangerous Dave, he’s called that for good reason, as this post, and this post (ouch!) shows.

“Good day to you Al.

The last time I set up my portable large scale layout was well attended and really turned out fun to operate and watch.

We depicted our little town of 3,500 people Hardin Montana USA as it was about 100 years ago.

My neighbor friend built completely from scratch two 3′ by 6′ panels that contained Hardin, complete with cable operated automoblies and a flying airplane. All people, autos, farm and lumber mill and machinery, buildings were built from scrap [ieces of wood, cardboard, and printed paper.

My railroad was rebuilt for this event to make it far easier to set up, operate and tear down.

All 24 tables were built to exactly 3′ by 6′ so that any arrangement could be set up. The tables were built with lightweight materials, framework and legas were all made from 2 X 4’s ripped to 2 x 2’s. Then the table parts were glued and screwed together. Legs were made to attach and detach quickly using 4 short and 4 long screws to attach the legs to the table tops. Additionally I built 4 2′ by 8′ tables for added flexibility for various layout designs including point to point switching layouts.

Any and all wiring is on top of the tables, non permanently attached. All track is arranged on the tables and temporarily attached to the table tops by spot gluing with hot glue. This allows for flexibility in layout size, layout design, and also for any scale of trains as well.

Scenery is minimal, roadbed, water, earth, is all painted on the table tops. This way the table tops can be painted over for different setups.

We had the middle school students build cardstock tepees for the town of Crow Agency Montana for this setup.

By typing in Chapple’s Train-A-Rama one can access the you tube video my neighbor Dick Stern assembled for this event.

I hope you will consider posting this and are allowed to share this video, I don’t know how to include a link.

I included a diagram of the layout and one overall picture.

I’d be happy to send in more pictures if there is any interest.

Sincerely from

Dick Chapple Sr and Dick Stern, my train buddy.”



Dick, what can I say? I’d love to see more pics and a video – and I’m sure everybody else would too.

That’s all this time folks. Please do keep ’em coming.

And if you want to get off the sidings and get going with your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



16 Responses to Dick’s portable G scale

  1. Rob Honnor says:

    I wouldn’t want to be eating soup on Dave’s HST the way he was chucking it round the bends.

  2. Clive Griffiths says:

    Hi Dave, I always look forward to your video’s they have given me many ideas to apply to my own layout so keep em coming.
    If you are interested I have a pannier tank body that may fit your chassis it’s old pre dcc but it is Hornby i can send you a photo if you like, you are welcome to it as i have no use for it, let me know.

  3. Rod Mackay says:

    Hi Dave, Hornby did a long run of the 2721 class pannier tank which had the open-backed cab, as well as the later model 57xx class with wrap-over steel roof, which latter also appeared as Duck, the Reverend Awdry character.

    Re your HST and high speeds, an old colleague was once acting as Pilotman for Single Line Working between Bristol and Bridgewater during engineering works, and climbed on an HST and briefed the driver, then they crossed over to the wrong line and the driver wound it up to eighty, at which point my mate felt obliged to remind him that as the first train the ‘wrong’ way he was supposed to be travelling under Caution.

    “This is bleedin’ caution mate,” came the reply, “I’m an Old Oak man, we go everywhere at an ‘undred and twenty five!”


  4. d j howarth says:

    Thank you Clive and Rod , I now have managed to find a body shell of the 27xx which is the half cab , which I remember now this one was , I was not sure if a 57xx would have fitted ..but all sorted now ..thank you both for your help …Dangerous dave

  5. willie says:

    That’areally coll layout Iwant too work on my table this week

  6. Helmut Eppich says:

    Congratulations on the new train! First time I’ve seen your layout in a night time setting. Looks gorgeous. That disco soundtrack is a cute touch! As usual, your layout looks great. Keep wondering how you get in and out of the layout room. Or do you just live there? 🙂 Looking forward to watching more of your exciting videos.

  7. Jim Sulkosky says:

    Looks great

  8. Joe says:

    Thanks Dangerous, as always great stuff.

  9. Cary B says:

    Dave’s videos are always a pleasure to watch.
    Kudo’s to Dick Chapple Sr and Dick Stern for sharing the G layout. On my way to view the video.

    Cary B

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  11. Tommy says:

    Wow! Great layout you’ve created there. As only suggestion, your top center location, where all the trains convene in a closer location would support the notion to add a mountain and tunnels on each end of the lower track, open top pairs on mountains mid-section.
    Keep up the great work!

  12. tom says:

    Yes we yanks need subtitles. also slow it down!!!!!!!

  13. James Maitlasnd says:

    As usual Dick’s video was very interesting.

    In addition to O gauge I have a one owner 1931 Lionel Standard gauge set. I don’t have space to have a perminate layout nor moduler components. What I have done is lay track on painted 1″ X 6″ panels and set them up in my large family room when we want to run. I keep many of my pieces of rolling stock on display shelves.

    I considered adding a. “Train Room” to my garage, but since I “Play” with 1 to 1 scale at the B & O RR Museum I could not work the cost benefit into the equation.

  14. john says:

    would like to see more pictures of g scale up close what the trains look like and buildings.john in Milwaukee Wisconsin

  15. Richard Chapple Sr says:

    Hi John, and thank you for your interest. I am working on that now. I have sent Al more info and pictures. Also I think I managed to send Al the link to the you tube video which will show you a lot. It is 7 1/2 minutes long. I am working sending Al some closeup still shots of various buildings, trains, clothespin people, tepees,etc.

  16. Dr. Bob says:

    Love the new model Dave!

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