The Thunder Mesa Mining Company So FarThere's not much new progress to report on the layout this month, but I have spent a little time chronicling the latest happenings in a slew of new YouTube videos. First up is a look back at how the layout has grown and evolved over the years from a 3'x6' display to the room filling model railroad it is today.
Now, here's look inside Rainbow Caverns at some of the ultraviolet lighting effects that are up and working so far. Just like on the prototype, these scenes have proven hard to photograph but I've finally managed to get some decent clips that give a good feel for how the Caverns are shaping up. There's more to come here, with original scenes like the Bottomless Pit, Crystal Grotto, and Color Changing Pools still in development.
Inside Rainbow Caverns
Thunder Mesa in 1910Next up is something just for fun, some "historic" promotional footage of the railroad and its natural wonders, presumably filmed around 1910.
Sam Towler's Nature's Wonderland ModelLast but not least we have some video shot at this year's Fullerton Railroad Days of Sam Towler's remarkable Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland Model. Sam's model recreates this fondly recalled Disneyland attraction in amazing detail - right down to the themed trashcans! Sam's layout was the undisputed hit of the show, drawing big crowds both days and many "oohs and ahs," both from the general public and quite a few theme park industry professionals. Reader's of this blog will know that I am a huge fan of the old Disneyland Mine Train, and after following Sam's progress for the last decade it was great to finally meet him in person and to see the result of his efforts. Nice job, Sam.
That's going to wrap things up for this time. Thanks for tuning in and don't forget to subscribe to the Thunder Mesa YouTube Channel if you haven't already. Adios for now, amigos!