Intown Operators Group

The Intown Operators Group was started in 2008 by Crew Heimer and Tom Gordon to help develop the layouts and operating skills of modellers who actually live ‘Inside The Perimeter’.  Our membership is open to all scales, and you don’t have to have a layout to be a member (you just have to wish you did!).  We operate, of course, but we also get together to help members build, plan, and in some cases, clean up!

The IOG presently has 17 full members, two associate members and one we really aren’t sure about.  There are eight operating layouts, two others are under construction, and five are in planning.  Meetings are ad-hoc but usually monthly, and membership is open to everyone who lives in or near the City of Atlanta.

There are presently no dues, no offices and almost no discipline. The only requirement is that when a member hosts an operating session, he or she must supply the crowd with a bag of Oreo Double-Stuft cookies.  We don’t really know how this came to be, but them’s the rules. 

If you are interested in joining, you can contact any one of our members, or email

Many of our members’ layouts have been on the Pilgrimage: