Division Meeting

Train N' Camp "Trees"

Sat, 06/29/2019 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Covenant Presbyterian Church
2881 Canton Rd,
Marietta, GA 30066

This hands-on camp will instruct students in the fine art of foreground tree building. 

The class will follow the format utilized in the very successful Modeling with the Masters classes taught at NMRA National Conventions and will be a great opportunity to experience this type of class without having to attend a National Convention (although you may want to after this class!!!).   There will be a mix of tools that the student will need to provide but materials will be furnished. 

Registration is required and will be limited to 10.  There will be a nominal charge of $15.00 to cover the cost of materials and location.  To register or for more information, contact Perry Lamb at Perry_Lamb@mindspring.com

2019 Holiday Party

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

The annual holiday party will be held during the December meeting.  Please bring your favorite dish or appetizer (enough to serve 10).  The Piedmont Division will provide fried chicken again as with past events. Contact Diana Watson at dianawatson1128@gmail.com.  Please invite your spouse or a friend to join us for a delightful evening. The party starts at 6:00 pm. Not sure what to bring?  Download Diana's flyer.

Toys for Tots 
We will also be gathering new unwrapped toys for the USMC Toys for Tots annual toy collection drive. We have always been very generous and children deserve new toys for Christmas. Thanks again for your generosity.

There will not be a meeting of the Board of Directors prior to the December meeting.

Division Meeting and 2019 Board of Directors Election

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Clinic:  Charlie Crawford, MMR presents “The Case for Modular Railroading, an update after 15 years.”  This is a followup to Charlie's June 2004 clinic, "Module Building for the Uninitiated."  Charlie will be revisiting basics and discuss what trends are emerging.

Bring and Brag:  Logging cars and equipment. 

The 2019 Board of Directors Election will be held during the meeting. A list of positions, candidates, and information on the voting process, click here.

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

Division Meeting and Model and Photo Contests

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Clinic:  Stephan Bartelski presents "Using Cloud Computing for Model Railroading."  How to build your own systems without being a programmer, using a simple ticket system as an example.

Bring and Brag:  Track maintenance equipment.

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

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

Model contest entries do not have to be scratch-built models.  Super-detailed kits are welcome entries.  There are a number of categories, including motive power, revenue cars, non-revenue cars, passenger cars, cabooses, and structures.  Models may take first, second, or third place awards without earning merit awards.  Merit awards are given to those models which receive a score of 87.5 points or better.

Photo contests are held in conjunction with the model contests.  There are four categories -- B&W model, color model, B&W prototype, and color prototype.  Photos should be mounted on matte material.  Minimum print size is 5" x 7".  Minimum mount size is 8" x 10". A contest entry sheet must accompany each entry.

Division Meeting

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Clinic:  Steve Austin presents "Making scenery from natural materials."

Bring and Brag:  Santa Fe locomotives.

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

Division Meeting

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Clinic:  Walt Liles presents "How to design model train layouts with computer programs".. 

Bring and Brag:  Model train layout blueprints

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

Division Meeting and Swap Meet

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

The Piedmont Division is throwing a pizza party and swap meet!

  • Bring plenty of cash! 
  • Limit of 3 items to sell/trade/swap per member.  
  • The division is not receiving a commission, 100% of the money goes to the seller.

We will enjoy hot pizza during announcements and division business, then begin the swap meet.

The Board of Directors will not meet prior to the Division meeting. 


Train N' Camp "PanPastels"

Sat, 03/30/2019 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Covenant Presbyterian Church
2881 Canton Rd,
Marietta, GA 30066

 This Camp will provide the attendee with an opportunity to learn how to weather rolling stock utilizing PanPastels.  This will be a hands-on class and the participant should plan on bringing two or three pieces of their own rolling stock to the class.  Materials and tools will be provided.   This Camp would be a good way to get a head start for the Weathered Car contest that will be held at the May 2019 Piedmont Division meeting. 

There is a nominal fee of $15.00 to cover the cost of the materials and space.  Registration is required and limited to 8 participants.  Contact Perry Lamb at Perry_Lamb@mindspring.com

2019 Piedmont Division Train Show

Sat, 03/16/2019 - 10:00am - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 4:00pm

The Southeast's Premier Train Show, Sponsored by the Piedmont Division

March 16th and 17th, 2019
Saturday: 10 - 5 & Sunday: 10 - 4
Cobb Galleria Centre (Hall A), 2 Galleria Parkway Atlanta, GA 30339 (I-75 & I-285). See map

Parking at the Cobb Galleria Centre is $5 per day (Credit/Debit only. No cash for parking)

Adults $10.00   Kids 8 & under and Scouts in uniform get free admission!!

Purchase Tickets Online!

Operating layouts, model railroad vendors, Raffle layout, white elephant table (sell your stuff), door prizes.

To purchase tickets online or for additional information, visit themodeltrainshow.com

Division Meeting

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Clinic:  Gerry Leone, MMR.  Gerry will introduce his Bona Vista Railroad which has been seen in over a dozen videos and articles.

Gerry will be showing you a town-by-town view of the layout, as well as the trackplan and some construction shots.  And if all goes as planned, this clinic will be the world premiere of a video of the layout shot by the Model Railroader Video Plus crew last Fall.   We’ll also take a quick behind-the-scenes peek at Gerry’s monthly show on MRVP, “Off the Rails.”

Gerry Leone Clinic Flyer

Bring and Brag:  Snow plows, rotary blowers, and other snow fighting equipment.  Gerry just finished suffering through another "teeth-chattering" Minnesota winter.  Let's give Gerry's Bona Vista Railroad a hand because the North Star State's next winter is just around the corner!

About Gerry Leone

Gerry originally joined the NMRA in 1977 but left in the mid-1980s when the lure of playing in a weekend rock band overtook his love of model railroading.  He rejoined in 1999.  In 2002 he became editor of the Twin Cities Division’s newsletter, and in 2004 found himself simultaneously editing the Thousand Lakes Region’s newsletter.  He also served on the boards of both the Division and Region.

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