Even more from Dave

“Al.. here is what we were up to to day ..good old steam showing Railways at War… we should never forget how big a part the railway played during the war.



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

“Hi Al
I view each one of your E-Mails and find all of them educational/enjoyable. I acquired my first Lionel Train Set Christmas 1953 (3rd grade) and additional trains/stock every Christmas there after.

This went on for 5 years and accumulated enough to cover a board 4′ x 12′. By todays value, of $2,100.00, using E-bay as a reference, I’m in the process of resurrecting my childhood experience. I’m retired, 73 and no room to start my project which now includes what I have collected over the last 10 years and my original layout. This required an accessory building to include my train room.

I have attached pictures of my collection and start of construction. If you feel this undertaking is worthy of your posts I will send updates as we go.


A big thanks to Dave and Lionel.

I thought Lionel’s post captures the genuine excitement of making a start.

And Dangerous Dave – I really enjoy all his vids – but especially liked today’s. Hope you did too.

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

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



27 Responses to Even more from Dave

  1. Ol' Puffer says:

    Great video Dave, I could not stop watching as it took me right back to my childhood, although it was just post war.

  2. Terry says:

    Dave, I can’t thank you enough for sharing your video. For those of us who aren’t as mobile as we would like, it was a great opportunity to share a fabulous event that we wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to see.

  3. ian impett says:

    nice touch.

  4. NJ Mark says:

    Wonderful video. It was nice to see so many people enjoying themselves and learning what the past was like. Didn’t see anyone texting or phoning either.

    Cheers! NJ Mark

  5. James Richards says:


    Thanks for sharing. Looked like a wonderful day. Great video and great steam!

    Navy J

  6. Rod Mackay says:

    Gotta laugh haven’t you? It’s Forties weekend so we’re running BR locos and stock that didn’t come in til a decade later. And they take such trouble with their costumes too. Bless.Nice video Dave.


  7. John beaumont says:

    Dave, as always, a fantastic video, and l always enjoy watching you in your loft layout sharing your tips, keep them coming, John.

  8. Bob Gevert says:

    What a wonderful way to spend a day!! Great video!!

  9. John Deck says:

    Dave, my mother bought my dad a Lionel Scout for Christmas 1939. I became aware of trains by 1946, my Grandfather had been an engineer for the Lackawanna R.R. until he retired. I like you received trains for Christmas and today have nearly $200,000 in them. All put away clean, oiled and safely stored, but unlike you I don’t have a place to set them up. Good luck

  10. Warren Ferguson says:

    Dave, a wonderful video, as always! Being born stateside in 1941, I hardly remember the war’s end, but I’m always fascinated with anything connected to the era. Thank you for sharing!
    And Lionel, good luck on the construction of your railway empire. You have some great equipment waiting for a chance to operate again.

  11. Jim Sherman says:

    Great vidi6…love history like that.

  12. Dave Kyle says:

    Hi Al, boy that Dave is something else, not only does he have great videos of his railway at his house, he also makes great videos of the real stuff. Congrats to Dave and we all hope he never quits doing what he does so well. Best of luck to you all.
    From a CANADIAN model railroader, Dave.

  13. Richard H Chapple Sr says:

    Lionel it is always warming to see another fellow start in after taking care of business all these years. You have a nice bunch of stuff there that can make for a busy railroad.
    I will be anxious to see your special building to house the RR and what your layout plans may look like and or your theme or story for your railroad’s existence.
    Just have fun.

  14. Richard H Chapple Sr says:

    Yes, I agree Al, this is one of Dave’s vid’s I have enjoyed the most.

  15. Absolutely love the recreation. I am a “Sheldon” whenever it comes to trains. I think when I was born and the good Lord asked if I wanted brains I thought he said trains. Gimme lots of them!! Have amassed enough N scale to fill a room approximately 8 x 10. Hopefully, I will be able to start whenever my man cave is empty enough.

  16. ANDREW SCHYHOL says:

    Dave, AWESOME video, and what a concept. My congratulations to whoever planned this event!

  17. david loree says:

    from a Dave in Canada to a Dave in UK, I thank you immensely for this video. and all the others you make. I am 83, so remember very,very well what a huge part that trains played in wartime. may you be around for many years to come.

  18. Bob Miller says:

    Welcome to the fun of model railroads Lionel.
    Please keep the posts coming so we can see how you are doing.
    It’s always fun to see how other folks are working on their layouts.
    Good luck and don’t forget to set out a plan before you start to build.

  19. Ray Bonifas says:

    Thank you for posting my up coming Lionel project and the Beginners Guide was one of the first articles I collected. I have learned a lot from your posts of great projects in process and completed, if that’s possible. It will be a while before the space is ready but will send updates starting with the main board.
    Lionel Ray

  20. Brian Law says:

    Wonderful video Dave. Despite living only 4 miles from Pickering, family matters prevented my attending the weekend. You really did capture the whole flavour of this favourite annual event. Many thanks from High Marishes

  21. Art Bearden says:

    Mr. Dave
    I love your video of the war era I was not here yet until February 1944, but if you know any of the service Personal that served in the World War II, would you please tell them THANK YOU for their Service. I myself served from 1964 to 1968 and if you served THANK YOU.
    Art in Florida

  22. Art Bearden says:

    Mr. Lionel
    That a good start, wish I still had my 027 gauge that I got for Christmas of “55”.
    But my “3” daughters played with it and left it outside and it rained for about @ weeks before I found it out in the mud in the backyard.
    Art in Florida

  23. Cary B says:

    Thanks to Dave, Lionel and you also Al.
    Looking forward to any updates Lionel.
    Dave, you amaze me with your videos of layout and UK history. Keep them coming and Cheers from America.

    Cary B

  24. David Howarth says:

    Thank you all with your comments re the Railway at war video , a great event that is held each year .. have enjoyed filming it a few times now and thought a few members would appreciate it and as said the Railways played a big part during the wars …Dangerous Dave …… and a great collection you have there Lionel

  25. Ian Mc Donald says:

    great video and a great collection thanks for sharing.

  26. Norman Backman says:

    Dave, you have done it again!!! What a FANTASTIC video of a very special day. I assume the lady in the white coat admiring the Bentley is your very tolerant wife-Deb?
    Thanks again for a wonderful time. God bless you and all service personnel.
    Norman (UK).

  27. David Howarth says:

    Hi Norman .. thanks for your comment , and yes that’s Deb also known as the Stig , taking a fancy to that Bentley Sports Car , had to pull her away crying and screaming she wants one …LOL .. Dave

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