Today I began a project I've wanted to do for the past few years - install night lighting! I found some rolls of 100 blue LED's marked down 50% (now $11) in the Christmas department at Walmart. The "bulb" is actually just a screw on cover that can be removed so that the lights aren't visible from the aisles. This also creates a slightly brighter glow from the blue LED's. The beauty of this product, aside from price, is the fact that you can connect up to 22 of the 60-foot strings. I started with enough to do the lower level just as an experiment. I love the resulting effect! As it turns out, I even had enough left over to also light the area above the upper level waterfront. Here are a few shots of my progress thus far.
I finally completed and posted a new video. This one documents a run through the entire second level and combines the previous separate videos of Wharton, Hines Lumber Co., Kiln, and Edna. My next project will be to completely re-shoot and edit a new video of the New Orleans waterfront. The background buildings were added after the original video was produced. Hopefully I'll have it posted before the end of the year!
I'm excited to finally be updating my website! Actually, this is a complete overhaul with a new web builder and complete new look. I hope you like the changes and, in particular, find it easier to view on tablets and smart devices. You may notice that the captions are gone from the photos. This was because of the new slideshow format - the captions obstructed about a fifth of the photos. However, these are still available to view on my facebook page. Also gone are many of the "under construction" photos as I wanted to present a more final product presentation. However, these will be available to view through the provided links to the RR-line forums. In fact, there are many, many photos in those posts that were never shared on the MA&G website!
One of the long overdue changes can be found on my video gallery page. When Google took over youtube a few years ago, the majority of my videos were forcibly changed to widescreen orientation, which makes them now appear stretched out and distorted. To make matters worse, I can't access my account to make the necessary corrections (for the life of me I can't remember the correct combination of email address, username, and password) or deletions. Luckily, my two most recent videos survived the change, and you will find them posted here. During the Christmas holidays I will be posting a new video of the entire Mississippi level with all new footage. Look for it soon!
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas,
I have been a model railroader for over 40 years. I received my first HO train set from Santa at the age of 10. I have built 5 layouts as an adult; 2 of which were in N-scale. My wife, Jennifer, and I have been married for 23 years and have three children. By profession, I am a lower school STEM instructor (science-technology-engineering-mathematics) which brings me more joy, excitement and enthusiasm than any other aspect of my life. My other interests include playing the piano and anything related to Walt Disney World which we visit at least once a year (March 2015 marked my 22nd visit).