Are You a Flashlight or a Laser?

Are you a flashlight or a laser? - Mr. DAPs

I work with people all the time who are seeking success. Some of them want to build a business, others want to turn a hobby into a profession, and still others want to pursue a dream that seems just out of reach. In all of these cases, there are some simple adjustments that can be made … Read more Are You a Flashlight or a Laser?

And Then I Became a Penguin…

Primordial Penguins on Stage

Growing up I was always encouraged to use my imagination and to basically just go for things. As I have grown older, this mindset has led to the ability to dream big, be ambitions, and go for the adventure. One of these adventures came in the form of a band called the Primordial Penguins. I created … Read more And Then I Became a Penguin…

Welcome to the new MrDAPs.com

Friends of DAPs Magic on Disneyland's 60th Anniversary

Welcome to the new MrDAPs.com. As we’ve continued to grow at dapsmagic.com, the photoblog that was once here was absorbed into the main website. At that point, there really wasn’t any reason to keep active with this site and I really wasn’t sure what I should do with it. Thankfully, I kept the URL with … Read more Welcome to the new MrDAPs.com

Mr. DAPs Railway Expansion and White Pass Addition

June means it is my birthday which in turn means… time to add something new to Mr. DAPs’ Railway. I had been anticipating this expansion for months (if not since first building the train a year ago) and had several ideas. None of these were 100% set in stone as I just wasn’t sure what exactly … Read more Mr. DAPs Railway Expansion and White Pass Addition

Mr. DAPs’ Railway – Spring Has Sprung!

Mr. DAPs’ Railway – Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has arrived and with it, flowers. The garden surrounding the railway continues to grow and hopefully soon will be flourishing. The main growth has come from the roses that are now starting to create some awesome natural tunnels for the train to steam through.  In the future, there will be some wire arches to … Read more Mr. DAPs’ Railway – Spring Has Sprung!

Goodbye Tree Over the Train

One of the struggles with having a backyard train can be nature. The very thing which makes the whole backyard train thing so beautiful and intriguing can also be the most frustrating. Queue giant Jacaranda tree in my backyard. A beautiful tree, one of the tallest in the neighborhood, with the unique ability to drop … Read more Goodbye Tree Over the Train

The First Attempt at a Garden Railway – Part 3

Mr. DAPs Garden Railway – First Attempt – Santa Fe Train

My garden railway was starting to actually look like a railroad. It had a layout that was now embedded in lovely gravel and wound its way through my backyard. However, it was a little plain. I was given a book for my birthday that went into many different ideas for backyard trains. As I looked … Read more The First Attempt at a Garden Railway – Part 3

The First Attempt at a Garden Railway – Part 2

Mr. DAPs' Railway - The First Attempt

The time had come to actually start building a train in my garden. I had the train. I had the track. I had the power-pack. I had a general vision or plan mapped out on my iPad. I also had figured out where everything would be going into the backyard. Now it was time to … Read more The First Attempt at a Garden Railway – Part 2

The First Attempt at a Garden Railway – Part 1

Choosing the Train and Track at Milepost 38 Toy Trains

A year or so ago I visited a friend’s house. It had been a few months between visits and imagine my amazement and wonder when I discovered that he had installed a train in his backyard. It was gorgeous. It wound its way around the entire yard, was embedded into the patio, and had a wireless … Read more The First Attempt at a Garden Railway – Part 1

It All Started with a Train

Horse and Buggy in Hazleton, Iowa

As a kid, we moved around a lot. This led to some really interesting experiences for a growing boy but I’m going to narrow all of these down into just one story today. This is the story of where my love of trains originated (at least in my memory). Shortly after my sixth birthday, we … Read more It All Started with a Train