Division Meeting

Division Meeting

Date: 
Tue, 03/10/2020 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Clinic:   Harvey George presents "Tips for a realistic freight train."  More about Harvey's clinic.

Bring and Brag:  Freight cars with graffiti.

The Board of Directors meets prior to the Division meeting.  The BOD meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.

Tips For A Realistic Freight Train

A preliminary list of tips, not necessarily in this order, includes:

  • Drab is not uninteresting
  • Local influence
  • The 18 inch rule
  • Freelance is okay – but
  • Weathering
  • Graffiti
  • Unit trains
  • Freight cars travel in bunches
  • The same, but different
  • Don’t mix eras

I will make these points with both prototype and model pictures.  I think the most grievous error that detracts from realism is mixing of eras.  One of the points under that subject will be one or more images listing details and practices keyed to the years they were applicable.  For example, when were arch bar trucks banned from interchange service?   I will bring a limited number of handouts, perhaps a dozen, of the timeline discussed in the clinic.

Division Meeting

Date: 
Tue, 02/11/2020 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Clinic:  Joe Sullivan presents "Open Loads for Gondolas." Joe will show us to make Bulk loads (coal, sand, wood chips, etc.).  His clinic will include the pros and cons of removable loads and making a simple mold/jig out of LEGOs and styrene for gluing bulk loads.  There will be a handout on key points, internet references and suppliers of loads. More about Joe's clinic

Bring and Brag:  Gondola loads.

The Board of Directors meets prior to the Division meeting.  The BOD meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.


"Open Loads for Gondolas" will focus on the following:

  • Bulk loads (coal, sand, wood chips) and how to make them.
  • Scrap loads and how to paint and weather them.
  • Lumber and log loads and blocking.
  • Steel and pipe loads and how to block them.
  • Tarp-covered loads and how to make them.

 Joe will also discuss the following points:

  • Pros and cons of removable loads.
  • Weight issues (especially if a car runs one way loaded and the other way empty)
  • There's no such thing as a completely empty gondola
  • Where/how to find "how-to" articles on the internet
  • Examples in both HO scale and N scale...
  • How to make a simple mold/jig out of LEGOs and styrene for glung bulk loads.

 

There will be a handout on key points, internet references and suppliers of loads.

58th Atlanta Model Train Show

Date: 
Sat, 01/18/2020 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Stop by the Piedmont Division membership table at the 58th Atlanta Model Train Show.

Infinite Energy Center
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, GA 30093
See map:  Google Maps

For additional information, visit the train show website.

Division Meeting

Date: 
Tue, 01/14/2020 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Clinic:  Bill Cripps presents "Alaskan Railroads."

Bring and Brag:  Snow Removal Equipment.


The Board of Directors meets prior to the Division meeting.  The BOD meeting begins at 6:00 p.m

Train 'N Camp - Model Railroading 101

Date: 
Sat, 02/08/2020 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Are you new to model railroading?  Are you rusty from being away?  Then you won't want to miss Model Railroading 101!

17th Annual Piedmont Pilgrimage

Date: 
Fri, 11/29/2019 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

The Piedmont Division is proud to host the 17th Annual Piedmont Pilgrimage, the hobby's premier model railroad layout tour program.

Layouts are open every Saturday and Sunday from October 12 through November 24 and Friday November 29.  

Friday hours are 10:00AM to 5:00PM. 

Refer to the Pilgrimage website for specific times of the layout you are interested in visiting.  For more information and the tour schedule, visit the Piedmont Pilgrimage online at piedmontpilgrimage.com.

17th Annual Piedmont Pilgrimage

Date: 
Sat, 11/23/2019 - 10:00am - Sun, 11/24/2019 - 5:00pm

The Piedmont Division is proud to host the 17th Annual Piedmont Pilgrimage, the hobby's premier model railroad layout tour program.

Layouts are open every Saturday and Sunday from October 12 through November 24 and Friday November 29.  

Saturday hours are 10:00AM to 5:00PM. Sunday hours are 11:00AM to 5:00PM

Refer to the Pilgrimage website for specific times of the layout you are interested in visiting.  For more information and the tour schedule, visit the Piedmont Pilgrimage online at piedmontpilgrimage.com.

57th Atlanta Train Show

Date: 
Sat, 08/24/2019 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Stop by the Piedmont Division membership table at the 57th Atlanta Model Train Show.

Infinite Energy Center
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, GA 30093
See map:  Google Maps

For additional information, visit the train show website.

Division Meeting and Model Railroad Diorama Contest

Date: 
Tue, 05/14/2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Clinic:  Lee Dunn presents "Out of Bankruptcy: John Fletcher Hanson and the Rebirth of the Central of Georgia Railway."  Lee will tell the story of this fascinating railway president and how his life and accomplishments inspired her husband's HO scale model railway.  

A copy of Lee's book, "Cracking the Solid South: The Life of John Fletcher Hanson, Father of Georgia Tech" will be auctioned off at the meeting.

Bring and Brag:  Central of Georgia Railway locomotives.

Railroad Diorama Contest.   This is a popular vote contest with prizes for the top 3 dioramas.  Dioramas must include a weathered locomotive or other rolling stock. Not an NMRA-judged Event.  Contest rules and additional information.

The Board of Directors meets prior to the Division meeting.  The BOD meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.  

AP Clinic "An Overview of the Achievement Program"

Date: 
Sat, 02/16/2019 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Blue Ox Trains
425 Market Place
Roswell, GA 30075
See Map:  Google maps
 

The AP committee will be conducting a series of small-group clinics in 2019 to assist those members interested in pursuing AP certificates.

The first clinic will be led by Charlie Mason, MMR, Piedmont Division Achievement Program chair.  "An Overview of the Achievement Program" will emphasize the requirements for the various certificates, judging for merit awards and the scoring matrices, review of some good examples of paperwork, and some scratch-building and super-detailing examples (models and track work).
Registration is required as space is limited.  Contact Charlie Mason at candmjmason@att.net or  e-mail or 770-993-1589 if you are interested in attending.

The second and third clinics will focus on the Electrical certificate and the Chief Dispatcher certificate, respectively.  Dates for these two clinics have not yet been announced.  The Electrical clinic will focus on generating all the wiring diagrams required for the certificate.  The Chief Dispatcher clinic will focus on the paperwork required for the certificate -- especially generating an operating timetable and creating the operating diagram for the timetable.  

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