Dick’s folded dogbone double track mainline G scale

“Hi Al,

this is my you tube video link of the portable layout I set up with the help of my neighbor friend Dick Stern (oldtaz) who has sent you wonderful pixs of his N scale layout.

The video is just over 7 minutes long, all taken by oldtaz’s cell phone.

We had over four hundred visitors who enjoyed our efforts.

Many were intrigued by the track plan. It was a folded dogbone double track mainline with 4 sidings and two crossovers, but large enough to confuse people as to where the trains were headed. all the time. The music quits early on the video and I can’t seem to fix it, Earlier I had good music on there which was a problem for you tube so had to change to the music on it now.

Neither of us are healthy enough to do this public display work anymore which is why we both have N scale layouts to work on now.

I have spent a lot of time on my large California Zephyr Route N scale layout the past 2 months.

With 3 weeks left to work on it before I have extensive back surgery, progress may slow to a crawl for the next 3 months.

So I will be sending updates of the California Zephyr Route again very soon. It is a huge layout and I am the chief cook and bottle washer with no helpers.

Anyway I hope there are some that will enjoy the video.

To all of our model train friends on your site.please be well and safe and you too Al..

Thank you so much for this site for us to connect with each other and share our enjoyment with the hobby.


Dick Chapple Sr
Hardin Mt USA”

g scale freight train

g scale freight train

g scale freight train

g scale freight train

g scale freight train

A huge thanks to Dick for sharing his ‘portable’ G scale.

I was going to add some links to Dick’s previous posts, but then I thought there was no point. He’s contributed so much to the site over the years, I thought it would be be best to put a page of his links together.

And then it hit me. There’s a place on the blog for folks like Dick.

So please welcome our newest Hall of Fame member, Dick!

He really has contributed so much. What’s more, there are not many folk that model in TT scale right up to minature gauge, ride on railroads.

Anyhow, have a look at his page, I’m very happy to add Dick to the Hall of Fame members.

That’s all for this time folks, except for the glaringly obvious – there’s still time to grab the Beginner’s Guide with it’s all bonuses, and 22 printable buildings for just $9.

Of course, I’m biased, but it’s an absolute giveaway: A a crazy $216 saving.

It’s not a ‘made up’ saving either – you can seee how much the buildings sell for in the store.

What’s more the The Beginner’s Guide has been the same price ever since I started the blog in 2011, so sadly, it will be going up this year.

So now is a doubly good time to grab it.

If you are two minds to whether to take the plunge or not, please have a look at the comments at the bottom of yesterday’s post.

I know some of you buy it just for the printable buildings because you already have the guide. That’s fine – thank you for supporting the blog. Pat yourself on the back for helping the blog to chug along.

There are 5 brand new buildings to be had, in addition to the 17 others which are bundled with this deal.

As I said, I know many of you already have the Beginner’s Guide and are just buying it for the new buildings and that’s absolutely fine.

So here’s what you get for just $9. I’ve called it the Mega Bundle:

For $9, you get the Beginner’s Guide – and all of its usual bonuses – plus 22 printable buildings.

Five of the printable buildings are brand new:

The fire station

Garage lock-up

Store / showroom

Sidings store building

Green shack

And here’s the crazy bit. I’m also throwing in another 17 printable buildings too, so you get all these:

(Click on the pics to see larger versions)

The buildings can be printed out at any scale. For HO scale, you don’t need to anything, just print.

But for N scale, for example, just reduce the print 54%. Easy peasy.

And here’s the very talented John with a quick youtube on making the new buildings.

It could just be me, but I think he had ‘lunched’ rather well before he recorded:

Here’s a few of the prints so you can see what they look like:

So here’s the Mega Bundle deal:

You get 22 free printable buildings, in addition to all the usual bonuses that come with the Beginner’s Guide.

The buildings sell for $9 each in the store, so that’s $198 worth of printable buildings.

In addition to this, the Beginner’s Guide normally sells for $27.

But today, just $9 gets the guide, it’s usual bonuses and $198 worth of printable buildings.

That’s a crazy $216 saving.

As I said, I want the sale to be sincere and knock out value to give something back to you lovely people.

And even with this $216 saving, you still get my 60 day, no quibble, money back guarantee.

If you are not utterly delighted with your purchase – for any reason or no reason at all – let me know and I’ll refund you in full.

Of course, I’m biased, but the Beginner’s Guide, is a treasure chest of info, whether you want to get started, get going, or just decide whether you want to build a layout.

Some of you will already have the Beginner’s Guide and just be grabbing it for the new buildings, and that’s absolutely fine.

But each and everyone of you will be directly supporting the site and be helping it to keep chugging along.

What’s more, it things are tight, you can help just by leaving a comment below if you’ve enjoyed the blog, the Beginner’s Guide or the printable buildings.

As you’ve probably worked out, with the printable buildings you’re only restricted by your imagination, you can make as many buildings as you like with this bundle or any of the bundles, to whatever design you like.

It’s a crazy deal and I hope you like it.

And to those who aleady have the Beginner’s Guide and are buying it just for the prints or to support the blog, thank you: without you there would be no blog.

Please remember though – it’s for this weekend only – then everything goes back to how it was.

So if you’d like to grab over $216 worth of Guide and prints for just $9, grab it here, right now.



PS The Beginner’s Guide has been $27 since I started the blog, way back in 2011. Sadly, it will be going up later this year, so this $9 bundle really is a great deal.

6 Responses to Dick’s folded dogbone double track mainline G scale

  1. Richard H Chapple Sr says:

    Howdy all fellow model railroaders, I truly appreciate Al adding me to the Hall of Fame. I do plan to contribute more of my model railroad experiences over my lifetime. I need to clarify today’s posting a bit. I sent Al quite a bit of stuff so there is a tad of confusion here. The pictures are of my first G scale portable setup in a local hardware store for 3 months running called the Waupaujaw Junction Railroad,. The story/description however belongs with my portable layout number 3 which was set up in our CB&Q depot. There is a 7 minute video of it. The railroad featured Hardin Montana is it was in 1912 and the layout had Teepees in an area to represent Crow Agency Montana. So the story/description of Waupaujaw Junction railroad is missing on this post. And the description of the CB&Q RR in Hardin Montana in this post is missing the link to the 7 minute video. We’ll get this ironed out though. Please take a look at the my G scale posts Al gave links to and you will see some pictures of the CB&Q RR in Hardin Montana.
    I will send the link to Al of the 7 minute video.

  2. Erick says:

    Looks good.

  3. val says:

    hi al, thanks for your kind words too! I really love this site, in awhile I’m hoping to contribute some of my layout pics and thoughts with everyone, but I’m a little slow though I just turned 80 last month. they’ll be coming soon! loved the recent pics and comments too, thanks again val in Utah!

  4. Greg G in MO USA says:

    Congrats to Dick on being added to the Hall of Fame!

  5. Ken of Lakewood Shores says:

    Ohhhhh WOW

  6. Bruce19 says:

    Would be nice if submitters of these mighty fine layouts, if they would also submit a diagram top view of how the track is laid in a given space

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