Division Meeting

Trains, Trains, Trains!

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 9:30am - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 5:00pm

The Piedmont Division is proud to participate in Trains, Trains, Trains! at the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History.

The Kids Operating Layout will be running and the membership table will be staffed for visitors to learn more about the Piedmont Division.

The special railroad-themed event will include new layouts and activities, as well as an expanded version of the Museum gift shop that will offer guests an even larger array of train and railroad items made especially for kids.   In addition to the day’s special events, visitors have an opportunity to explore the Museum’s permanent exhibits to learn about the Great Locomotive Chase, one of the Civil War’s most thrilling episodes. 

If you are a Piedmont Division member interested in volunteering, contact Matt Coleman at mattjcoleman@netscape.net and Royal Bruce at royalbruce@comcast.net for details and scheduling.

Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History
2829 Cherokee Street
Kennesaw, GA  30144

For more information, call (770) 427-2117 ext. 3058, visit the museum website or follow the museum on facebook.  


Train'in Camp - Achievement Program

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Randall Watson, SER Achievement Program Chair, and Peter Youngblood, MMR, present the Piedmont Division's third 2016 special clinic, "The NMRA Achievement Program."  If are anxious to learn about the Achievement Program and the skills necessary in Model Railroading, you are encouraged to attend. 

This session is free and open to all NMRA members.  For additional information, contact Randall Watson at randallvwatson1@bellsouth.net.

2017 Strategic Planning Meeting

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The 2016 Strategic Planning Meeting will be held Saturday, October 15, 2015.

10:00am - 12:00pm

Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church
Board Room
805 Mount Vernon Hwy
Atlanta GA 30327

All members are invited to attend.

Division Meeting

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 7:00pm

Clinic:   Weathering with PanPastels.  Peter Youngblood, MMR will demonstrate step-by-step how easily and quickly you can weather a freight car using PanPastels. You'll watch a short PowerPoint presentation followed by a hands-on demonstration with video assistance. 

Bring and Brag:  Bring some of your favorite models that you may be currently working on.  Rolling stock or structures. 

Board of Directors elections will be held during the meeting.  Please review Voting instructions and candidates statements before the meeting.  Chuck Hoesch and his elections team will be in the lobby. 

It's NATIONAL MODEL RAILROAD MONTH: Reach out and get someone acquainted with model railroading.

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


Board of Directors Elections

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

The Piedmont Division will hold 2015 Board of Directors Elections Tuesday, November 8, 2016 during the general meeting at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 805 Mt Vernon Hwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30327.

Please remember to review your candidates running for offices and place your vote at the meeting.  Chuck Hoesch and his elections team will be in the lobby. 

Division Meeting and Model and Photo Contests

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Clinic:   Joe Gelmini, MMR's Georgia Great Southern.  Joe's magnificent N scale layout was featured in the May 2016 edition of Model Railroader.  Joe will be sharing all kinds of information regarding the construction and operation of his home layout. Don’t miss this clinic!

Bring and Brag:  Bring some of your favorite Timetables or railroad artifacts that may be of interest to our group.  

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


The Fall Model and Photo Contests will be held during the meeting. 

Please bring models and photos, along with completed contest forms and other paperwork, to the contest room beginning at 7:00.

The judging of the Model Contest is conducted by teams of experienced judges using a point scoring system providing a grade between zero and 125 pts. Five factors are judged including construction, conformity, detail, appearance and scratch built. The final point score is the basis for award ranking.  Attaining a point score of 87.5 pts or 70% entitles the entrant to a Merit Award which counts towards Master Builder Awards in the NMRA Achievement Program.

Required contest forms:

Division Meeting

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Clinic:    Shane Wilson of scaletrains.com will speak on the manufacturer's perspective of making model trains.  It will be exciting to have the president of a major hobby manufacturer speak to the division.  Please attend and welcome our special guest. 

Bring and Brag:  Bring your cars with all sorts of loads. They may be commercial or scratch built. Let’s get some ideas from all the different models.

Zephyr Up for Auction We will auction a complete Digitrax Zephyr system at this month's meeting to raise funds for the Piedmont Pilgrimage.  The system was donated due to the generosity of Digitrax.  Cash or check only!  

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

Division Meeting

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Clinic:   Walt Liles presents "Modeling the Sandersville Railroad."  Walt will discuss operations and equipment on Georgia's Sandersville Railroad.  He has lots of great information and photos from the railroad and adjacent area that serve the Kaolin industry. Presented at the 2016 SER convention, this will be a fun clinic to attend. 

Bring and Brag:  Bring your favorite models of short line railroads from around the United States.

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

Division Meeting

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Clinic:   Scott Chatfield presents "Bicentennial Locomotives," in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Bicentennial. 

Bring and Brag:  Bicentennial Locomotives, Cars, or Prototype Photos of Bicentennial equipment that YOU took. 

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

3rd Annual Piedmont Division Facebook Contest

Sat, 05/07/2016 (All day) - Sat, 05/14/2016 (All day)

The Piedmont Division is holding its 3rd Annual Facebook Photo Contest May 7 through May 14, 2016.  Take a photo of a prototype or model train and post it to the Facebook group Piedmont Division, NMRA.  

The winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate from Blue Ox Trains of Roswell, GA!

Contest Instructions and Guidelines

  1. This is a Facebook Contest.
  2. You must be a member of the Facebook Group Piedmont Division, NMRA.  If you are not a member, you may join the group.
  3. The subject can be a prototype or model.
  4. No limit to the number of photos that can be entered.
  5. Must be your photo.
  6. Include the location and time when you shot the photo and anything else you would like to share.
  7. Photos must be taken May 7 through May 14, 2016.
  8. Photos must be posted on Facebook May 7 through May 14.  No emails will be accepted.
  9. Photos with obscene content, including subject and text, are not permitted.  The Piedmont Division reserves the right to remove any photo.
  10. The winner will be announced May 16, 2016. 
  11. Please, NO TRESPASSING on railroad property to take photos.  Be safe and have fun. 

 Keep those photos coming! For additional information please contact Walt Liles at wliles.crrman@gmail.com.


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