CK Holliday build

Old videos of interest reuploaded

These are not new videos but they are reuploaded back from when this site was just a (now gone) blog from blogspot. The first two are probably the most interesting: they’re Steve D’s videos from the Ward Kimball dedication run in June 2005 early in the morning before the park opened. This was held after Boschan Boiler Restoration Inc. completed most of the work on the engine (few final bugs remained before full service) and the engine ran with one car around the park a few times for the DRR crew and those worked on the engine. The then-president of […]

Steam Engine Simulator

Disneyland Railroad Steam Simulator turns 5 years old!

Released in December 2017, the Steam Simulator officially turned 5 years old in December 2022. A retrospective: computers and tech move fast, and a lot happened in 5 years. Apple released four iPhones since then, and game engines improved too. The Simulator was built on Unity 5, which was the latest at the time, and the Sim did look “mostly” photorealistic…for 2017. So, while I do think it looked good for its time, it is definitely showing its age when compared to the latest game engines. To celebrate its big milestone birthday, the Simulator is now available at only $19. […]

Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion Architectural PDF Plans now available

Over ten years later since the first preview, I’m finally making my version of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion Architectural Plans available…for free! I haven’t worked on this very much since the original preview so I figure it’s fair to release this, although I would say it’s about 90% complete. Only some ironwork details and a few architectural ornaments are missing. What’s included though are: Floor plans and roof plan (since it’s a shell building, it’s just basically the building footprint/outline) Patio floor plans Elevations of all four sides Patio facade elevations Elevations of the iconic green iron railing Millwork elevations […]

CKH Plans

A PDF (digital) copy of the plan book now available

You can now get a PDF (digital) copy of the CK Holliday Plans Engine Study Book in addition to the hard copy. This is a 1:1 PDF copy of the 2nd printing of the plan book, with no printing restrictions or watermarks. The PDF book is immediately available for download once you complete the purchase. You can get it right here. On another note, I just now noticed that while you can leave comments, they do not show anymore. Sorry about that, this isn’t intentional and I’ll look into it.

Steam Engine Simulator

(no) update

I’ve been getting increasingly more requests for news on the sim, and that’s totally justifiable because the last news was over a year ago! The simple answer to why there’s been no news is because: there’s no news. I haven’t worked on the sim since last year, and honestly, I don’t even have the development computer at the moment. The research of the historical Disneyland is daunting, as well as not having any free time, basically leaves the sim as is. I’ve looked into hiring outside help for modeling, but there really is no interests. Sorry for the not so […]

Steam Engine Simulator

Interactive fireman demo

We demo the new fireman feature, both the expert and the novice guys, by taking a quick trip between the roundhouse and Main Street Station. We also cover tips and tricks, such as when to order commands, and why you might want to use the override commands:

Steam Engine Simulator

1.0.2a patch released

This is a non-mandatory update 1.0.2a to fix minor issues found in the 1.0.2 release: Fixed conductor and cab bell not resetting Fixed heat effect setting not being applied on ranch map Moved animated people away from tracks on ranch map The update is now available, and you can get the latest version by re-downloading the Simulator as always.

Steam Engine Simulator

Update 1.0.2 released!

The Simulator’s 1.0.2 update has been released! You can get it by re-downloading the program using the same link found in your original purchase email. For Windows, the installer will replace and update all the files necessary. For macOS, simply replace the old version with the new one. Take a look at the release notes here for a list of updates and changes (there’s also been a couple of additions to the list since the original post). Don’t forget that the manual has been updated as well to address the new features. From today, if you order the printed Sim […]

Steam Engine Simulator

update 1.0.2 release notes

The test builds of update 1.0.2 are running well so far. Only one or two bugs were identified and are being hunted down this weekend. I’m finishing up with the packaging of both Windows installer and macOS images, and updating the manual, then we’re good to go! When the update is uploaded and live, it will be announced here on this blog. So now that we’re code freezing the update, here’s the final list of new features and changes: VERSION 1.0.2, released 2019-06 NEW! Added interactive fireman feature. Active by pressing the F4 key NEW! Added hydrostatic lubricator oil metering droplet […]