The Thunder Mesa Limited

Dispatches from the Wild Frontier!

The Thunder Mesa podcast is coming soon! Each month, Dave will go in depth with a new special guest on the art of modeling, Imagineering, trains, and Disney trains! Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss it, or support Thunder Mesa on Patreon for early access to all videos and podcasts and the ability to submit questions to our guests!

2021 Podcast Schedule

We are currently lining up guests for the Thunder Mesa Limited's inaugural season. All upcoming programs are subject to guest and scheduling changes without notice.


Jake Johnson
Former Senior Dimensional Designer, Walt Disney Imagineering

Veteran designer Jake Johnson cut his teeth building models and sets for the Adult Swim animated series before moving on to the model shop at Walt Disney Imagineering. Jake is an avid railroad modeler, designer, and creative thinker who continues building models for motion picture and television production to this day. He is also a founding partner in Crescent Creek Models, making distinctive model kits for discerning modelers.


Ray Spencer
Former Executive Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering

Ray Spencer is a respected leader in the themed entertainment industry with over 20 years at Walt Disney Imagineering. As an Executive Creative Director, he oversaw numerous projects for Disney Parks around the globe, as well as the designs of attractions, hotels, shops, and restaurants. Like so many Disney folks, Ray is an avid rail-fan who enjoys sharing that passion with others.


William Tyson
Former Project Architecture and Engineering Director, Walt Disney Imagineering

Billy Tyson is a retired veteran of Walt Disney Imagineering with 37 years of stories to tell. From the original Disneyland to the overseas parks, Bill has had a hand in bringing the magic to life and making sure it worked. He's also a skilled railroad modeler who now helms his own consulting firm specializing in design and construction management services for large scale outdoor garden railroads.