Division Meeting

Train N' Camp "Model Railroad Benchwork"

Date: 
Sat, 09/29/2018 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Covenant Presbyterian Church
2881 Canton Rd
Marietta, GA 30066
See Map:  Google Maps

In this class, the participant will learn how to build a basic module that can be used in either a modular layout or the foundation for benchwork on a home layout.  Each student will construct a 2 X 4 foot section of benchwork, complete with framing and decking.  Students will be provided a list of useful tools, however there will be tools available.  Various methods of either attaching the module to the wall or adding legs will also be covered. 

A nominal fee of $15 will be charged for the class.

This class will be limited to 8 students and registration will be required. To register contact Perry Lamb at Perry_Lamb@mindspring.com.

Train N' Camp "Laying and Ballasting Flex Track"

Date: 
Sat, 06/30/2018 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Covenant Presbyterian Church
2881 Canton Rd
Marietta, GA 30066
See Map:  Google Maps

This hands-on class will cover the installation and ballasting of flexible track.  The student will learn to solder joints between sections of track, securely attach feeders to the soldered track and then apply ballast.  The student will be able to take their completed "diorama" home and finish the remaining scenery.

Registration for this class is limited to 8 participants and registration will be required.  A list of useful tools will be emailed to participants, track and other materials will be provided, however, if a participant wants a particular ballast color, it is suggested that you bring your own.

There is a nominal fee of $15 for this class.  To register contact Perry Lamb at Perry_Lamb@mindspring.com.

Train N' Camp "Installing DCC Sound"

Date: 
Sat, 03/24/2018 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Hobbytown USA
840 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Maps: Google Maps
(770) 426-8800


This Train-n-Camp will discuss the selection of a sound decoder for installation into a steam or diesel  locomotive.  In this hands-on clinic, the student will have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge in the installation of a sound decoder into a steam or diesel locomotive.  This class will require the student to provide their own decoder, speaker and locomotive of choice.  There will be a list of required tools that will be emailed to the participants. 

Registration is required and the class is limited to 6 participants.  Participants should plan on bringing lunch and snacks with them.  Contact Perry Lamb at Perry_Lamb@mindspring.com.

Train N' Camp "Model Railroading 101" Session Two

Date: 
Sat, 02/03/2018 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

February 3, 2018
Blue Ox Trains
425 Market Place
Roswell, GA, 30075
See Map: Google Maps
(404) 312-6467

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

You got a model train set for Christmas did you?  Well, this Train N' Camp will cover many of the aspects of getting started in the hobby of Model Railroading.   We will cover the basics of constructing benchwork (a table) for your model railroad, types of track, and methods of controlling your model trains.  We will also discuss building scenery, structures and cars.

Train N' Camp "Model Railroading 101" Session One

Date: 
Sat, 01/27/2018 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

TrainMaster Model Trains
601 East Main Street
Buford, GA 30518
See Map:  Google Maps
(678) 546-3600

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

You got a model train set for Christmas did you?  Well, this Train N' Camp will cover many of the aspects of getting started in the hobby of Model Railroading.   We will cover the basics of constructing benchwork (a table) for your model railroad, types of track, and methods of controlling your model trains.  We will also discuss building scenery, structures and cars.

Because we will be holding the sessions at active model railroad hobby stores, we will take time to look at various aspects of a model railroad and various products available to the hobbyist.  There will be plenty of time to ask questions of the experienced instructors of the class.

Registration is required.  Contact Perry Lamb at Perry_Lamb@mindspring.com.

Registration will be limited to 25 at TrainMaster Model Trains and 20 at Blue Ox Trains.

January 27, 2018
TrainMaster Model Trains
601 East Main Street
Buford, GA 30518
See Map:  Google Maps
(678) 546-3600

February 3, 2018
Blue Ox Trains
425 Market Place
Roswell, GA, 30075
See Map: Google Maps
(404) 312-6467

2018 Piedmont Division Model Train Show

Date: 
Sat, 03/17/2018 - 10:00am - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 4:00pm

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

March 17th and 18th, 2018

Saturday:10 - 5 & Sunday: 10 - 4

Cobb Galleria Centre (Hall A), 2 Galleria Parkway Atlanta, GA 30339 (I-75 & I-285). See map

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

Adults $10.00 
Kids 12 & under and Scouts in uniform get free admission!!

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

For additional information, visit themodeltrainshow.com

Buy tickets online now to qualify for a chance at a train set giveaway

2018 Holiday Party and Toys for Tots Annual Collection Drive

Date: 
Tue, 12/11/2018 - 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Details: The annual holiday party will be held during the December meeting.  Please bring your favorite dish or appetizer (enough to serve 10).

Division Meeting, Railroad Diorama Contest and Board of Directors Elections

Date: 
Tue, 11/13/2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Clinic:  Del Kittendorf presents "Brightline."  Brightline is the new higher speed passenger railroad that recently started operations in South Florida. It is a truly America’s 21st Century railroad. The presentation will cover the operations to date, the Running Repair Facility (“B” shops), the first three depots and actual ride experience. Also discussed will be the Phase II and III plans and some other future expansion ideas for the railroad.

Bring and Brag:  Anything related to Amtrak or whatever you have been working on and want to share. 

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

Division Meeting and Model and Photo Contests

Date: 
Tue, 10/09/2018 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Clinic:  Tom Gordon presents "Model Railroad Technical GeekSpeak Deciphered."  This presentation will attempt to unravel the types of technology, varieties of electronics and versions of TLA's (three letter acronyms) in order to help the modeler understand just what all this stuff is, and how it is supposed to interoperate.

Bring and Brag:  Hand held controllers for use on your railroad or whatever you have been working on and want to share.

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.

Division Meeting

Date: 
Tue, 09/11/2018 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Please wear red ,white and blue to Remember Sept 11 victims and families. We remember that day that so many folks lost their lives just going to work like any other day or flying across the country. We are so blessed to live in the United States of America but we have to slow down at times to thank those first responders, military personnel,and countless folks who sacrificed so much that awful day and for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers to all of them. We still live in the greatest country in the world. Never Forget!  God Bless the United States of America.  

Clinic:  Bill Frey, Train Collectors Association, Terminus Chapter (GA).  TCA preserves an important segment of history—Tinplate Toy Trains—through research, establishment of collecting standards, education, community outreach and fellowship, and to promote the growth and enjoyment of the hobby. 

Bring and Brag:  Western and Atlantic RR items or whatever you have been working on and want to share. 

Zephyr Up for Auction.  A complete Digitrax Zephyr system will be auctioned at this month's meeting to raise funds for the Piedmont Pilgrimage.  The system was donated through 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.

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