North Atlanta Rail Barons

This operating group was started by Howard Goodwin to accommodate the model railroaders on the northwest side of Atlanta in an effort to assist those who are building or starting home layouts, to teach the skills it necessitates and to be a source of fellowship, support base and encouragement to those in the group. In the nine years since it's creation, one of the most important accomplishments has been the fellowship derived from participation in the group. Our group currently numbers 19 and we are a 100% NMRA Club, one of only two in the Division.

Currently there are18 home layouts in varying stages of completion. Nine of our layouts are currently capable of having operations with a tenth starting by the end of this year. All of the layouts have trains running to some degree, but progress is continual on all the layouts. All the layouts are currently using some form of DCC (Digital Command Control), Digitrax, Lenz and NCE, although the vast majority are using Digitrax DCC. While we were not anticipating adding any new members when there were only eight of us in the group, our numbers have more than doubled since the group was chartered in 2005.

We are dedicated to promoting the hobby of model railroading in addition to our above stated goals and to that end are involved in a project called "Model Railroad Magic" where we construct 4' X 4' layouts to display and donate to worthwhile children's organizations in the Atlanta area.

If you reside in the Cobb, Cherokee and Paulding county area and would like information on our operating group, you can contact Howard Goodwin at For further information, please visit our new website at