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The Randall Museum in San Francisco hosts a large HO-scale model model railroad. Created by the Golden Gate Model Railroad Club starting in 1961, the layout was donated to the Museum in 2015. Since then I have started automatizing trains running on the layout. I am also the model railroad maintainer. This blog describes various updates on the Randall project and I maintain a separate blog for all my electronics not directly related to Randall.

2022-02-19 - Room Ceiling Lighting

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Some work has been made on the string of fluorescent lighting on the sides of the room. The two strings of ceiling fluorescent tubes with their 60s-era ballasts on both sides of the room had all mostly failed over the last four years, rendering the two side alleys quite gloomy.

All the credit goes to Chris, Director of Randall Museum, who performed all the work on his own, independently of our regular volunteer maintenance work.

A month ago


It’s notably better over Stockton Yard and the middle of the mountain area -- the before/after pictures don’t quite express the stark difference since the cameras obviously compensate for overall luminosity, however it’s quite clear there are a lot more shadow areas on the before pictures.

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