Timetable-Q2 2016 - Piedmont Division, NMRA

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Timetable-Q2 2016 - Piedmont Division, NMRA
PIEDMONT DIVISION
NATIONAL MODEL RAILROAD ASSOCIATION
SCHEDULE
M a t t C o l e m a n , D i r e ct o r o f O p e r a t i o n s
Tues, April 12
7 - 9:30 pm
PIEDMONT DIVISION MONTHLY MEETING
Spring Model and Photo Contest

Clinic:
A p r i l - M a y 20 1 6
Holy Innocents Episcopal Church
805 Mt. Vernon Hwy , Sandy Springs, Georgia
Concept and Design of the ‘CountryRoads Railroad’ Free-Mo Modular layout
by Morris Smith and Steve Austin
Bring & Brag: Any railroad equipment or structure that would have been on
or part of a prototype railroad in 1957.
Sat., April 16
1 pm - 4 pm
Open House:
Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad
Sunday, April 23
10 am - 5 pm
Kennesaw HobbyTown USA Train Department SWAP ’n SELL
Call 770-426-8800 for information
Al Churella
On2 scale
226 North Springs Way
Acworth Georgia
home: 770-529-5889 cell: 678-596-6086
HobbyTown USA
Cobb Place Shopping Center
840 Ernest W. Barrett Parkway, NW, Kennesaw, Georgia
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Tues, May 17th
7— 9:30 pm
PIEDMONT DIVISION MONTHLY MEETING
 Rescheduled to 3rd Tuesday
Clinic:
Holy Innocents Episcopal Church
805 Mt. Vernon Hwy, Sandy Springs, Georgia
“Making Mountains & Rockwork out of Foam the Easy Way”
by Dave Bennett
Bring & Brag: Your best running or favorite switch engine
Sat., May 21
10 am-2 pm
Tri-State Model Railroad Club Monthly Open House
For information, see www.tsmri.org
Sat., May 21
1 pm-4 pm
Train’in Camp: Learn to weather with Pan Pastels
To register, email [email protected]
Sun., May 22
Open House:
Open House:
Open House:
Mineral Bluff Depot
150 Railroad Avenue, Mineral Bluff, Georgia
HobbyTown USA
Cobb Place Shopping Center
840 Ernest W. Barrett Parkway, NW, Kennesaw, Georgia
Elkhorn Iron & Timber Company Railroad
On30 scale
Steve Austin
473 Arbor Hills Road, Talking Rock, Georgia
770-833-5838
D&RGW San Juan Division
On3 scale
Phil Stead
1460 Old Nelson Road, Ball Ground, Georgia
770-735-3513
HO & N-scale Georgia-themed layouts
Raymond Stewart
204 Southwoods Drive, Jasper, Georgia
678-925-3270
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Tues, June 14th
7— 9:30 pm
PIEDMONT DIVISION MONTHLY MEETING
Holy Innocents Episcopal Church
805 Mt. Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, GA
Clinic:
“Modeling Non-US Railroads”
By Dan Berman, George Masak, and Ron Schroeder
Bring & Brag: Your favorite non-North American model
Sat., June 18
10 am-2pm
Tri-State Model Railroad Club Monthly Open House
For information, see www.tsmri.org
Sun., May 22
Open House:
Great Cypress Lines
HO scale
Mineral Bluff Depot
150 Railroad Avenue, Mineral Bluff, Georgia
Howard Goodwin, mmr
79 Cross Branches Road, Ackworth
770-833-5838
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Be sure to check www.piedmont-div.org and our Facebook Page for the latest Schedule information.
PIEDMONT DIVISION
Piedmont Division
TIMETABLE N O. 18
BULLETIN
APRIL 12, 2016
consist
Peter Youngblood, mmr 1
Matt Coleman 2
5
Raymond Stewart 3
Doug Alexander 7
Staff 5
Tom Gordon 7
Falk to succeed Raymond on
Piedmont Div. Board of Directors
Division Point
Operations Report
Vote in SER Elections
Modeling a Line-Side Industry
Piedmont Over-Achiever
Division Honors Members
Getting Wired
More “Fun” with Decoders
14
Final Run of Bill Raymond’s
NY, PA & Baltimore Central RR
16
Open House
George Bloodworth’s L&K RR
23
A Very Merry Meeting!
Photos from Christmas Dinner
Joe Gelmini, mmr 26
2016 Train Show Successful
in spite of Gorgeous Weather
12
Around the Shops
Hobby Shops & Shop Talk
33
Clubs around the Division
8
Community Corkboard
32
Division Committee Chairs
32
Division Leadership
5
Good & Welfare
17
Letters
33
Pete’s Phunnies
Humor, of a sort
Cover
New York Central engine house
on Jerry Michnewicz’s HO-scale
New York Central
ROCKET CITY RAILS
The Mid-South Division is proud to host the
2016 Southeastern Region Convention
June 10 and 11, 2016
Huntsville, Alabama
Visit the Rocket City Rails website to register and get more information about
clinics, prototype tours, layout tours, operating sessions,
non-rail activities, and overall schedule.
http://midsouthnmra.org/convention.htm
At the March meeting the Division’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint John Falk as
a Director-at-Large. John will succeed Bill Raymond, who has resigned due to a pending move to
North Carolina.
John has been an NMRA member since 1994 and is
the proprietor of Gizmo Trains, a fixture at local
train shows. His term will expire at the end of
this year.
In the online edition, see page 13 for pictures
from the official last run of Bill’s N-scale NY, PA
& Baltimore Central RR.
. . .
Learn to weather with Pan Pastels at
next Train’in Camp
Date:
Location:
Sat, 05/21/2016 - 1:00-to-4:00pm
Hobbytown USA, Kennesaw, GA
There are almost as
many different ways
to weather a model
as there are modelers, but Pan Pastels
are gaining a wide
following these days.
As a participant at
the May 2016 Train’in Camp you will learn the
basics of weathering freight cars with these
innovative products and tools.
At the end of the Camp, you will be able to
weather your own model car, in any scale, with
confidence. Two experienced instructors, Peter
Youngblood, MMR, and Perry Lamb, will show you
how.
You’ll also be able to "go wild" and experiment
on car bodies provided free of charge. Participants will need to bring their own car, in any
scale, already coated with a flat finish (like
Dullcoat).
Registration is required to attend this class. It
is open to non-NMRA members, but a maximum of 12
modelers can attend. NMRA members will receive
first priority.
PanPastels kits are available for purchase at
Hobbytown USA where NMRA members receive a discount. Please let Perry know if you would like to
have a pastel kit pre-ordered for you.
To register contact Perry Lamb at
[email protected]
. . .
Micro-Layout Contest...in 2017
The Piedmont Division is holding a Micro-Scale
Layout contest at the May 2017 meeting.
Micro layouts are small model railroads, usually
less than ten square feet in area, that nonetheless have a clear purpose and excellent operating
capability.
Continued on page 4
April - June 2016
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DIVISION POINT
Peter Youngblood, MMR
Superintendent
Matt Coleman
Director of operations
As I write this column, a few
days after the mid-year NMRA
National Board of Directors
meeting held in Forest Park, my
thanks go to the impressive
number of Piedmont Division
members (10 of you!) who spent
the better part of Saturday
sitting in on that day’s lengthy
meeting. I know there are many
more entertaining ways to spend
your time which made your presence that much more meaningful. It did not go unnoticed by
the BoD.
Here are some of the highlights
from the many long hours of
discussion:
 NMRA membership increased by 120+ members in
2015, giving us a total of some
18,200 members world-wide.
Interestingly, RailPass memberships decreased.
 Dues are not expected to be
increased in the near future.
Financially, the NMRA is in very
good shape and a Financial
Summary will be posted to the
National website by first quarter’s end.
 Christina Ganzer has been
hired as NMRA’s part-time Marketing Consultant. Vetted by
Vice President of Special Projects, Gerry Leone, MMR (who
recently retired from 35 years
in advertising), Ms. Granzer will
be coordinating her efforts with
him. I had a few minutes now
and again to speak with her and
can relay that she’s very contemporary and social media
savvy.
On the issues of member retention and recruitment, Western
District Director Jack Hamilton,
MMR, presented a draft of the
lengthy guide book developed
by the R & R Committee that he
chairs. A pared-down version,
perhaps as an Executive Summary, will be re-presented at
the National Convention in
Indianapolis.
The tri-fold brochure I put to-
gether, “21 Easy Tips to Improve
NMRA
Member
Retention/
Recruitment”, was approved as a
viable complement to the guide
book draft, but wasn’t given the
go-ahead for printing and distribution just yet. This is a decision
that requires the approval of V.P.
Special Projects, Gerry Leone,
MMR, who was out of the country and not at the meeting. I also
want to thank Piedmont Division
member Stephen Pennisi for
helping to lay out the graphics
for the brochure.
Potential uses were presented to help clear out NMRA National Secretary John Stevens’
amazing acquisition of HO 50 ft.
box car shells. He can tell you
more about it, perhaps even
using them as Division Contest
entries!
On Friday, John took the
Board members on a tour of
Delta Airlines’ Operations Center
and Training facilities. As a bonus
we also visited the Delta Flight
Museum. [www.deltamuseum.org]
This behind-the-scenes view of
how a first-class airline functions
today was a real eye-opener for
pilots and non-pilots alike. I
walked away from this wonderful tour feeling 20 years older
than when I walked in!
In other news: the 2015 Piedmont Pilgrimage logged 6,023
visitors and the “Trains! Trains!
Trains!” event in January at the
Southern Museum in Kennesaw
had 5,200.
We are currently
negotiating a new five-year
agreement with the Southern
Museum; I expect we will have
some exciting news from there
soon.
I hope you earned some AP
Time Units by volunteering at
The Model Train Show; after all,
it’s an easy and fun way to build
the requirements for AP Association Volunteer.
Now hurry and get working
on those model railroad projects.
Spring is the harbinger of outdoor “honey do” lists, and it is
soon upon us. So get your modeling in while you can!
The second quarter of 2016 is upon us, and we’ve lined up some interesting clinics and speakers for you at our meetings in April, May and
June. Also, we have some awesome model railroads for you to come
and see as well!
Our April 12th meeting will feature the Division’s Spring Model
and Photo Contest. The categories and rules and paperwork are too
detailed to go into here, so check out the Contests page on the NMRA
site and you should find all you need to know.
Morris Smith and Steve Austin will present "Concept and Design
of the ‘CountryRoads Railroad’ Freemo modular group." Morris and
Steve will discuss the concept of this specialized modular group set
along US Hwy 11 in the transition era. In order to present a comprehensive story, the group set exact standards for landscape color palette,
scenery design constraints, equipment selection and equipment cutoff
date, and more. They will have a module on hand so that members can
see the steps involved in constructing them.
For the Bring and Brag, bring any railroad equipment or structure
that would have been on or part of a prototype railroad in 1957. Nothing newer, please!
On the following Saturday,
April 16th, Al Churella will open
his On2 Sandy River & Ranglely
Lakes railroad for us to see. Al will
take us back in time to Franklin
County, Maine, in the summer of
1919. The two-foot gauge SR&RL
is at its busiest, hauling logs and
pulpwood from the forests to the
mills. There's plenty of passenger
traffic too, as summer visitors
anxious to escape the heat of the cities head for the resorts and cabins
of the Maine lakes. All of this is captured on a large layout that fills
most of a 1,800-square-foot basement. This is true On2, not On30, and
the layout is designed to be as accurate a portrayal as possible of the
prototype, with everything from tracks to buildings located precisely to
scale. There are plenty of scratch-built structures and cars to round out
the mix.
The layout is located at Al’s house at 226 N. Springs Way in
Acworth Georgia. His home phone is 770-529-5889, and cell number is
678-596-6086.
In May, we’ve had another scheduling conflict at Holy Innocents’, so
our monthly meeting will be on the 3rd week on the month, on May
17th. We will go back to our normal meeting date, the 2nd Tuesday of
each month, in June.
For our Clinic that evening, Dave Bennett will present "Making
mountains and rockwork out of foam the easy way." For Bring and
Brag: Bring your best running/favorite switcher.
On the following Sunday, May 22nd, we will have THREE Layout Open
Houses, all in North Georgia.
First up is Steve Austin's
On30 Elkhorn Iron & Timber Company Railroad
(E&T). The E&T is a 1947era backwoods railroad
featuring logging, sawmilling, steel manufacturing,
coal mining and many of
the ancillary industries
necessary to make this all work. See the E&T online. Steve’s address is
473 Arbor Hills Road N. in Talking Rock. His phone is 770-833-5838.
Continued on page 3
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Letters
Note: On February 11, 2016, the Wall Street Journal ran an
“A-Head” article titled “End of the Line for Model Trains?
Aging Hobbyists Trundle On”. The article sparked a great
deal of discussion throughout NMRA and our Division as well.
Here is a letter we received in response to the WSJ’s piece.
Generalizations about Youth hurt our Hobby
To the Editor:
This article is infuriating. The problem is not so much with the author (although I am not impressed with his skills), but with the
attitude of the +60 year old modelers: "Kids today, they have skill
in one thing - that's a videogame or a smartphone”, says one. Our
own NMRA President, Charlie Getz, who is 67, said "If it's not a
hand-held device or something free on the Internet, it's of very
little value to them.” That's the attitude of people who are completely out of touch with the current generation. These generalizations hurt the hobby and the NMRA.
Teenagers today do use smartphones and play video games.
They also read books (real paper ones) and play football, baseball
and other sports. Kids and teens draw, paint and make craft projects. Today's teens run RC cars, helicopters and airplanes. And
guess what? Some like trains. The article even mentions a few
young people who do. Think back when you were a child. Was
everyone a train buff? I bet it was just a few of your friends. So,
why are our expectations different today?
Personally, I think the NMRA needs to understand where the
people are that still make things. Are you (or the NMRA) aware of
the "maker movement"? Check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Maker_culture . These are young people making everything and
anything including things you never even thought possible. They
use new tools like 3D printers, CNC machines (i.e., laser cutters),
and computer microcontrollers. Young people are still building
and making things. And the quality is amazing and better than
ever.
So, instead of griping about kids not wanting to do what we
want, we should look at moving the hobby forward to current day
using new technology. The Piedmont Division does a great job at
outreach for young people with our Boy Scout program. Perhaps
there are other outlets that we use to spread the message of
model railroading.
Next is Phil Stead's On3
D&RGW San Juan Division.
You can see the San Juan Division online. Phil’s railroad is
located at 1460 Old Nelson
Road in Ball Ground. His
phone is 770-735-3513.
And last, but by no means least, Ray Stewart welcomes you to see
his HO & N Scale Georgia-themed layouts for your inspection. I’m sorry
that I don’t have a description of Ray’s layouts for you here, but I understand that they really are worth seeing! Ray lives at 204 Southwoods
Drive in Jasper, and you can reach him by phone at 678-925-3270.
In June we return to our regular schedule on Tuesday, June 14th. For
our Clinic we’ll explore modeling non-US Railroads along with the joys
and difficulties of modeling something completely different. Dan Berman will present a short video of the giant exhibition layout in Hamburg, Germany followed by George Masak describing his Swiss Railways
layout (standard and meter gauge) and Ron Schroeder will give us an
overview of his Märklin German layout.
For Bring and Brag: Let us see your favorite Non-North American
piece of railroad equipment (in model form, of course).
On Sunday, June 19th, our Layout Open House will be at Howard Goodwin, mmr’s HO-scale Great Cypress Lines. Built for operations, the GCL
is a point-to-point Class 2 railroad set in the Transition Era encompassing the years 1940-1970 in the southeastern United States with cities
and towns named for family and friends. The GCL is headquartered in
Acworth at 79 Cross Branches Road. The telephone number is 770-5292103.
I hope you’ll take advantage of all of these great Piedmont Division
activities this quarter! If you have any ideas or suggestions for future
activities, I please share them with me so that we can keep the Piedmont Division one of the best in the NMRA!
Scott Povlot, Alpharetta
2016
NMRA
National
Convention
July 3-10, 2016
www.nmra2016.org
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For more information about the contest and micro-layouts, go to www.piedmont-div.org/news/
micro-layout-contest-may-2017
. . .
John Travis writes:
Charley Space and his helper, Dave Phraner, set
up a display at the "Milling Around Downtown" in
Braselton on March 19th to promote their favorite
hobby.
The display included a video, examples
of G to N scale cars,
materials used for
scenery and some sample
structures. They also
had a good supply of
brochures about the
Piedmont Division to
advertise our organization.
. . .
GREEN FROG founder passes away
Peter Youngblood MMR writes:
John Koch, Sr., as many of you know, was the
founder of Green Frog Productions,
Ltd. The company was among the
first to produce and sell high
quality railroad videos and several
model railroad videos in later
years. John was also a prolific
D&RGW and RGS modeler in On3 featuring many scratch built structures and beautiful scenery.
Passionate about model railroading, he was always ready to share his expertise with anyone in
need of help. I had the good fortune to be a
friend of his and his family, also as narrator of
videos produced the past ten years. The bonus of
working with Green Frog was I'd get to marvel at
the latest scratch built creation John would show
me. His passing was preceded by wife Julie's passing just two weeks prior.
Green Frog Productions, Ltd. continues under
the direction of his three grown sons.
. . .
Vines Garden R.R. needs volunteers
Alan Mole forwarded this, from Thomas McFall:
I am writing to you about the future of Vines
Garden Railroad. It was started in 1998. In 2003
my father Lawrence McFall Sr. along with Norman
Allum, William Baker and Tom Cooper helped to
maintain Vines Garden Railroad.
Since the passing of my father it has been difficult to find volunteers to help with the railroad. The “G” scale railroad has over 1,000 feet of
tracks 25 foot bridge, tunnels, viaduct, airport,
towns and villages in a beautiful garden setting.
It located at Vines Garden near Loganville:
http://vinesgardenrailroad.com/index.html
What I’m asking for is if you could please post
on message boards and or pass on this e-mail to
help find volunteers. My father spent countless
hours building this place of enjoyment for local
kids and train enthusiast alike. After all his hard
work and years of dedication it would be a shame to
let it go to waste.
We need people that have the same passion for
trains that my father had to help run, maintain
and showcase the railroad and keep it going.
Please contact Norman Allum at [email protected] Please also visit the
website and also see the 4 minute video that shows
the trains in action.
. . .
PD’s Great Authors Series.
Congratulations are in order to Alan Mole and Joe
Gelmini, MMR for having articles published in NMRA
Magazine and Model Railroader, respectively, and to
Peter Youngblood, MMR who not only had a photo in
the May issue of MR, but it was of one of his own
models!
Alan’s article, which appeared in the January
issue of NMRA Magazine, was about the Country
RRoads modular group, which was on display at the
annual Piedmont Train Show in March.
Joe’s article, with photos by the legendary Lou
Sassi, was about his own N-Scale railroad, the
Georgia Great Southern. The article ran in the
May issue of MR, and it is informative and fun to
read.
Be sure to read these great articles. Maybe they
will inspire you to write your own!
. . .
Spreading the Good Word about Model
Railroading.
Peter Youngblood, MMR writes:
On March 3rd, our Director of Operations, Matt
Coleman, gave a presentation on the hobby of model
railroading to the Kiwanis Club. I was with
him as his assistant.
Approximately 70 Kiwanis members, men and
women, attended asking
good questions at the
close of Matt's presentation which they enthusiastically enjoyed. We
distributed Piedmont
Division handout matePerter Youngblood, mmr
rial and the Model
Kiwanian Herb Silverman (left) with Model
Railroader Matt Coleman (right).
Train Show flyer.
As we were leaving, a gentleman asked me if we
would do a similar presentation for a group of
Lockheed retirees. I gave him my card and he promised I'd be contacted. These groups are a good demographic for us and I'll check out the Optimists, Lions, and Shriners to see if we can present to them
as well.
[If any readers know of a group or groups that
would be a good candidate for a presentation,
please let Peter know about it – Ed.]
April - June 2016
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Piedmont BULLETIN
2016 SER Board Candidates
include two Piedmonters
Continued from page 00
Raffle Layout Delivered to Happy
Winners
It’s been said that the last
mile is the most difficult
part of any journey, and
that truism is apparent as
Jim Travis and Walt Liles
maneuvered the 2016 Raffle
Rick Coble
Layout into the home of the
winners, Darrell and Peyton Smith. Tilting a layout on its side, even one designed to be moved, can
be an invitation for disaster but these two experienced gentlemen got it though the door and into
the Smith’s basement in good order. Below, Rick
Coble and Jim Travis stand with Darrell and Peyton Smith as the layout was settled into its new
home.
Elections are not only coming up on the national level, but so are elections for some posts in the Southeastern Region of the NMRA.
Two Piedmont Division members are standing for
election to the SER Board this year. They are Alan
Mole, who is running for President and Sally Bando,
who is running for re-election as Treasurer. As of this
writing, both are unopposed. Regardless, let’s all do
our best to make sure our fellow Piedmonters are elected to these offices.
To that end, this year, you can vote electronically or
Alan Mole
by paper ballot, included in the Spring SouthErneR and
NMRA # 137805
available for download online). Electronic Voting opens
when the Spring SouthErneR is sent to all members of
the SER.
You may cast your ballot electronically in the 2016
SER Board of Directors Election. If you do not wish to
vote electronically, you may vote using paper ballots.
Paper ballots will be included in the Spring SouthErneR.
Sally Bando
NMRA # 146780
Voting opens in April, 2016.
____________________________________
To vote, you must:
 Be a member in good standing as listed on the April 2016 roster
from the NMRA.
 Have a membership type that allows voting. Regular, Associate,
Sustaining (Individuals), and Student members may vote. Family
members and Rail Pass members may not vote.
If you are eligible to vote electronically, you must:
 Have a valid email address on file with the NMRA.
 The email address must be listed on the April 2016 roster from
Walt Liles
the NMRA.
GOOD &WELFARE
Chuck & Mary Ann Hoesch
828-837-9686
[email protected]
The Boggs’ Mark 49 years together
If you receive the SER electronic newsletter, your email address is on
file with the NMRA. If you do not receive the newsletter, update your
email address by calling the NMRA home office. at (423) 892-2846 or
contact Membership Chair Rick Coble at [email protected]
Changes must be sent no later than March 15, 2016.
Notes:
 Thanks to the Interwebs, we learned that Paul
and Mary Boggs celebrated their 49th Wedding
Anniversary recently. The Division sends y’all congratulations, along with expectations for another
wonderful 49 years!
Brandi Boggs Hughes
 Bill Cripps, whose friendly face many of you
know from HobbyTown in Kennesaw, is at home resting after going through a battery of tests recently.
While although, all things considered, he’d rather be
in Philadelphia, Bill is staying upbeat and is looking
forward to getting back to the store very soon. He can be reached
at [email protected]
 In March, Director of Administration Chris White underwent successful eye surgery. All is well, and he will be at the April
meeting and in good shape for reading the fine print!
Mitch Goldman - RailPictures.net

A voting reminder will be emailed to all eligible voters in late
March, just before the voting period opens.

Your voting invitation will arrive by email from electionbuddy.com. Turn off any email blocks prohibiting email from
electionbuddy.com.

If you vote electronically, then send a paper ballot, the electronic vote will be counted. The paper ballot will not be
counted.

If you don’t vote, you don’t count. So vote, already!
Keeping the “Fun” in
Funsten, the proprietor of Blue Ox Hobbies,
Steve Funsten, used
an old G-gauge wheel,
some ties and lengths
of rail to create a
most, shall we say,
“unusual” HO scale flat car load. Perhaps it will give you an idea for
something Fun-sten on your railroad!
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How to Model a Simple Line-side
Industry
By Raymond Stewart
In today’s world of railroading, prototype and modeling, some
companies and some individuals are looking for ways to cut cost and
still ship products by rail. As a model railroader, I want to be able to use
the space that I have available to the maximum capacity and still remain within prototype schemes of operation.
But before I dive into the main reason behind this small article; I
shall first explain to you why I am writing this. As a modeler, I have
both N and HO scale models. I use the N scale for modeling in an era
that is long gone and so is the railroad that I model in N scale. For my
HO models, I model mostly the current era in proto-freelance and want
to be able to utilize most of the space I have available and make it a
modeled version of the prototype.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, “proto-freelance” applies
specific real railroading principles to one’s model railroad while replacing some items of operations or areas served with what you see in your
mind by using your imagination or other details from the real world.
In the real world (the actual “1:1 scale” in which we live, and a
term I like to use for model versus actual life) companies are straying
away from shipping items by rail. And why would they do that you may
ask, as in a model railroader’s
mind everyone ships by rail and
nothing is shipped by trucks
other than a very short distance. Well, let us take a look at
a fairly simple example to
better gain an understanding.
Let’s say you run an aggreSoutheastern Region’s
gate business. Your company,
““Rocks-R-Us””, generally loDONATION
cates an aggregate mine near a
SALE
rail line or they pay to have a
rail line installed. “Rocks-R-Us”
Model Railroad
has been told by their local
Educational DVDs
railroad that the cost per mile
for new construction of a rail
Narrated by
line is around 1.5 million dolDr. Joe Nichols, Sr., MMR
lars. That sounds like a lot of
money just to build a mile, but
Building a Timber Trestle
more than likely “Rocks-R-Us”
Adding Sound to
will end up selling their product
Model Railroad Scenes
to the railroad as railroads always need ballast for their
Scratch Building Industrial
tracks. Your company then sells
Styrene Buildings
its products in the local economy as well for building roads
LED’s and their Application in
and driveways and other nuModel Railroading
merous uses. So the cost of
building that rail line is not an
All are available for a donation to the
issue.
Southeastern Region, NMRA
Then comes along “Slate
(A 501(c)3 Nonprofit Corporation)
Rock and Gravel Co.”, a compa$10.00 each
ny run by a Mr. Rockhead Slate,
Set of 4 for $35.00
that has a small quarry that is
not near a rail line but needs to
Shipping
ship its aggregates out by rail.
$3 for up to 3 DVDs
Being a smaller operation, it
$6 for set of four
cannot afford to shell out the
To Order, contact
bucks to build a new rail line. So
Mrs. Sally Bando
what can Mr. Slate do?
[email protected]
Slate decides to call the
local railroad and they inform
or pick some or all
him of several likely locations
of them up at the next
that are near him and convenPiedmont Division meeting!
ient to the railroad.
Slate, accompanied by his geological engineer Fred Flintstone, P.E.,
takes a look at these locations and makes a decision on the location
that best meet his needs. Slate then calls the railroad back and arranges
for a lease on the land for his operation.
The dot on the map located by the top left of the text box is where
Slate decides to set up his truck-to-rail transfer site. It is located just
outside of the town of Bedrock. At this location there is the old Tyson
Foods feed mill plant along with a side track that provides enough room
for 8 to 10 cars. In addition, there is a small area that is built up high
enough to provide road friendly transfer equipment to be brought in
and used to transfer aggregates to the railroad’s hopper cars.
Slate’s operation is set up and running and on the day I am out
observing the rail line for any action. I notice that he has some loaded
hoppers and they are waiting to be picked up by next train. I pull off the
road and take some photos because I think that this will make a great
operation on my layout. And so the Slate Rock and Gravel Co. becomes
a customer on my layout without having to build a quarry or a mine to
show it.
In this view we
see that the area
is built up and is a
great location for
a small conveyor
belt loader to be
located.
In this view we can
see that there is
plenty of room for
dump trucks to
enter, unload and
turn around to get
back onto the road
to the left.
A view of the equipment that is
used at this location for transferring the material to the train car.
As for modeling this trans-load
industry, that could be done several ways. I see it being done easily by using some foam insulation
boards and some retaining wall
materials and building it to suite
your style and taste. This track could also be used to store cars for other
industries nearby. The prototype spur has turnouts at each end. So the
uses for the track can be multi-purpose and add fun and interest into
any style of operation.
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PIEDMONT
ACH I EVERS
Randall Watson, Achievement Program Chairman
All photographs by James Bando
“Piedmont OverAchiever”
Tom Brennison gets Seven
AP’s and MMR in just One
Division Meeting!
By Doug Alexander
As Randall Watson, chairman of the Division’s
Achievement Program, took the podium to
hand out Achievement Program Award certificates at the monthly meeting in January, only a
few knew that we were in for a treat.
Usually, we see our fellow Division members
get their AP certificates one at a time –
sometimes two. Delays in the process from
when documentation for a certificate is sent
and when it gets back from our National headquarters in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, are expected.
But this time was different.
Randall called up Tom Brennison to receive
his certificate for Associate Volunteer. Tom
then returned to his seat.
“Come back”, said Randall. “There’s more.”
There was laughter from the crowd.
Tom came back up to the dais and received
his AP certificate for Chief Dispatcher. He then
turned to go back, but before he could get far,
Randall held him back, saying “No, Tom, don’t
go. You’re not done yet!”
Amid more laughter, Tom tuned back and
seemed a little stunned as Randall handed him
his certificates for Master Builder-Cars; Master
Builder-Scenery; Master builder-Structures;
Model Railroad Engineer-Civil and Model Railroad Engineer-Electrical.
Tom, looking slightly embarrassed by all of
the attention he was getting, again made to
move toward his table to sit down.
To more merriment from the crowd, Randall
said, smiling, “No, not yet, Tom. Just one
more.”
With that, Joe Gelmini, MMR approached
the podium with something in a plastic shopping bag. As he pulled the item out of the bag,
he turned to Tom and presented him with a
plaque that certified him as Master Model
Railroader No. 571!
As Tom shook Joe’s hand, the roar of approval from the over 100 model railroaders in
the room was loud and long.
Tom had not been waiting on National to get
his certificates to him, rather he had completed
all the requirements over many years of model
railroading, with one exception: he had not
sent in his paperwork.
During a casual conversation earlier in the
year, Tom and told Joe about this, Joe then
made it his business to help Tom get all the
certifications and paperwork submitted to National. And in a heretofore rare move, National
turned around all seven certificates and Tom’s
MMR plaque quickly, which resulted
in this unusual and
very satisfying
presentation.
So, fellow
NMRA members, as
the folks at Capital
One might ask,
“What’s on YOUR
layout?”
Take a look,
because like Tom
Brennison, you
might find that
you’ve already met
Tom Brennison is presented with Master Model Railroader No.
the requirements
571 from the Piedmont Division’s Dean of MMRs, Joe Gelmini,
for some – or mayMMR, at the January meeting.
be all – of those AP
certificates. You could find that you too can be a “Piedmont OVERAchiever”, just like Tom Brennison!
Piedmont Members Honored for
Contributions to Division and Hobby
As is our tradition every year at the Christmas Party, the Division recognizes exceptional service by its members with the Brakeman, Conductor
and Engineer Awards. In 2015, two people received the Brakeman
Award: AJ Welch (top left) and Royal Bruce (bottom left). Joe Sullivan
(bottom right) was recognized for outstanding service with the Conductor Award, and Chris White (top right) received the Engineer Award for
Lifetime Service to the Piedmont Division.
Congratulations, fellows, and thank you for all you do and are doing
for the Division and for the great hobby of model railroading!
Continued on page 11
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Pick up
Milk
Eggs
SD40-2
Tank cars
ngm holds Annual Meeting
Piedmont
Piedmont
Community
Community
Corkboard
Corkboard
North Georgia Modurail held its 2016 Annual Meeting and Family Dinner last March 19th. As you can see from the photo below, there was
good attendance there, with many young model railroaders present!
Southeastern Railway Museum's 2nd
Annual Fast Track 5K on May 28th
The Second Annual Fast Track 5k Race/Walk is just a month away! May
28th is quickly approaching and activities are ramping up in support of
this fun event.
The new course, starting and finishing near the Town Green in downtown Duluth, was measured and the
5k/Peachtree Road Race course certification should be obtained shortly.
This year's race will feature a tie in
with the City of Duluth's Memorial
Day Celebration, kicked off with our Fast Track 5k race.
The race will feature a costume contest and patriotic theme in
recognition of Memorial Day and is open to runners of all ages, strollers
and pets on leashes. The registration fee is $25 per participant which
includes a commemorative t shirt. The top three finishers in each age
group will receive an award for their accomplishment.
Registration is now open at active.com, click here: http://
www.active.com/duluth-ga/running/distance-running-races/fast-track5k-7-30-a-m-2016.
______________________________________________
In this next photo, everyone who won an award or was recognized for
outstanding service got together for a group picture. On the top row,
from left to right, hey are Anthony Gunter, Stealth Module of the Year;
Dan Samples, Director of the Year; Stephen Sprinkle, Train of the Year;
Jake Kleghorn, Conductor Cadet of the Year; and Johannes van
Niekerk , Member of the Year.
Ride Model Trains with ngls!
The 2016 public run days for 2016 have been set with the City of Conyers. Trains will begin operation at 1pm. Rides will conclude with the
last train at 4:30pm. The cost to ride a train is $2.00 per person. Run
days may be canceled for inclement weather. Please check their web
site for last minute changes. For more information, please go to
http://www.northgeorgialivesteamers.org/default.html
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In the front row, from left to right, are Robby Lewis, Conductor of the
Year; Caleb Samples, Module of the Year (“Petticoat Junction”, pictured
below), Kourtney Cornwell, Engineer of the Year; and Heinrich van
Niekerk, Associate Member of the Year.
The Piedmont Division congratulates all the award winners, and to
NGM particularly for all the great outreach work that they do with
youngsters. It looks to us like there’s a bright future ahead for Model
Railroading!
Train Collectors to Host Model Train
Swap Meet
The Terminus Chapter of the Train Collectors Association is hosting a
swap meet on May
14th at VFW Post
No. 5408. The Post
is located at 4764
Cobb Parkway, NW
in Acworth, Georgia.
The Meet will be open to the general public from 9:00 am until
2:00 pm. Admission is $7 per person ($3 for TCA members) and children 16 years of age and under get in FREE.
For more information, go to www.dixiedivisiontca.com
Keep Up-To-Date with Your Division! Visit our Web Page at: www.piedmont-div.org
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Getting Wired
By Tom Gordon, PE
More Fun with Decoder Configurations –
Making it “Easier”
Many modelers refrain from installing DCC decoders, especially sound
decoders, due to an intense desire to avoid frustration. I couldn’t agree
more, as there are quite a number of times I have just wanted to toss a
decoder in the can and start anew. Well, besides not being a very
thrifty move, the more you work with decoders, especially sound decoders, the more enjoyment you can obtain from them. Another problem is that the more sophisticated the decoder, the higher the probability that it might
cause complications.
Recently I was trying to upgrade a QSI Titan
-U steam decoder for installation on a LifeLike
RS-2. Why would I do such a thing, you ask?
Well, since you asked, I will tell you. It’s because I had the decoder in my box of decoders , and I didn’t want to buy a new one.
QSI decoders are complex, and software
“Quantum Upgrade” sounds
really awesome...until you
upgradeable. They do have the advantage of
realize that the word means-being able to actually emulate the sound and
loosely--the smallest part of a
activity of a locomotive with extreme fidelity
thing you can get.
(that’s using their ‘Emulation Technology’).
Usually you can use them right of the box with no modification, but I
was going to need to totally reprogram all the sounds and actions (QSI
sounds and functions are loaded via the QSI programming software.)
I took the old fried decoder off the engine (a long story there for
another column), and installed a the QSI one. Now all I needed to do
was to reprogram the decoder for an Alco diesel. That was easy!
Well...um...not so much. I could talk with the decoder flawlessly
through my SPROG decoder programmer (http://www.sprogdcc.co.uk/) using JMRI’s Decoder Pro, but I couldn’t communicate with
the the QSI programmer device, which was necessary to reload the
diesel sound files. The QSI programmer would not even recognize the
decoder, which is annoying. After much gnashing of teeth, along with
software reinstallation and output port swapping, I was about to give
up. Then it hit me – some motors do not have a very strong current
draw (like the small one in the RS2). If the QSI decoder programming
device was not sensitive enough, that could prevent recognition of the
decoder.
So out came the old Loy’s Toys decoder test station (right). I had mounted an
old motor on this device to facilitate ‘out
of the engine’ decoder programming, so
a quick swap of the JST plug (the linear 9
pin one mounted on the decoder) was all For information about this tester, go
to www.ulrichmodels.biz/decoder-tester/
that was needed.
I fired up the QSI software/programmer, and surprise! The software found the decoder. The motor current draw was a factor in the programming.
I’m not going to get into how I updated the sound files and the software (it was slow, but successful), but want to point out something that
may be of interest. If you are doing much with decoders, you REALLY
need some sort of stand-alone decoder programming and testing device to simplify those activities. This can also let you configure the decoder before installation. Several of these stand-alone devices are
made, they work with practically any decoder, and newer ones have
even speakers. Some manufacturers are: ESU, Ulrich and MRC. You
could build your own, and there are probably others available, but
these are currently listed devices.
So while I’m on a bit of a rant, let’s talk about programming TCS
sound decoders. These beasties are very nice, but some of the bells
and whistles seriously get in the
way of serious customization.
Basic programming via the voice
feedback is nice for some things
(especially chuff synchronization),
but when you really want to do
some serious changes, the use of a
decoder programmer is really the
only solution.
My SPROG programmer, in its
native form, will NOT work with
TCS decoders. I’m not going to
venture into the why of this, but
there is a solution. If you use the
latest version of DecoderPro (part
of JMRI), and you feed the SPROG
15 volts DC (with a 2 amp capacity), it works quite nicely with TCS
decoders. This configuration is
recommended by the SPROG manufacturer for TCS decoders, so
don’t worry too much about overloading. SPROGs come with a 12
volt supply, which is not quite
enough to get TCS decoders to
respond to programming signals.
You can purchase a relatively inexpensive 15 volt. 2 amp DC supply
on Amazon so the upgrade is fairly
simple. It is worth the effort to set
up this configuration since you can
not only fine tune the programming of a TCS decoder, but you
can save it, or copy the programming into another engine of a
similar make.
So if you wish to handle your
own decoder installation and programming, such devices can save
many hours of unnecessary work,
can simplify your day, and reduce
the amount of grey hair spawned
in the process. Happy programming!
Image from RAILROAD MAGAZINE, May 1951
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PIEDMONT DIVISION
TIMETABLE
VOLUME 14, NUMBER 18
The TIMETABLE is published
quarterly by the
Piedmont Division of the
National Model Railroad Association
for the enjoyment of
Members and Friends.
STAFF
Doug Alexander
Bob Wood
James Bando
Doug Alexander
Lotta B. Essen
Editor & Publisher
Associate Editor
Photo Editor
Layout & Design
Customer Service
CONTRIBUTORS
Matt Coleman
Tom Gordon
Andre Jackson
Walt Liles
Raymond Stewart
Peter Youngblood, mmr
the
DEADLINE
for submissions to the
Fall 2016 TIMETABLE:
SATURDAY, JUNE 19 TH
Please send your Articles,
Letters, Photos, Hearsay,
Gossip, Unreliable Facts
and Downright Lies
to the Editor at:
[email protected]
T H E T I M ETAB L E
Piedmont Achievers
Continued from page 7
At the January meeting, the
Division recognized several
members for their service
to our group. At right,
Chuck Hoesch is recognized
for his work as a Director At
Large on the Board, as was
Dr. Joe Nichols, Jr., mmr
(below right). George Masak
(below left)was thanked for
his excellent work as former
Refreshment Provider-which is certainly one of the
most important jobs in the
Division!
I NFORMATIO N
The Piedmont Division meets at 7:00 o’clock in the evening
on the second Tuesday of each month at:
Holy Innocents Episcopal Church
805 Mt. Vernon Highway
Atlanta, Georgia 30327
Division Meetings are open to everyone,
so why not join us and see what
Model Railroading Fellowship and Fun is all about!
We hope to see you at our new location!
All photographs by James Bando
In February, past Director of
Operations Walt Liles (right)
received a well-deserved Outstanding Service Award.
AJ Welch (below left) and John
Bost (below right) were each recognized as First-Time Hosts during the 2015 Piedmont Pilgrimage.
In addition, it was the first
monthly meeting attended by
John. We hope that he understands that he’s not going to get
a certificate every time he
comes! Still, we are glad to have
him as part of our group!
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BACKSHOPS
Model Train Service & Repair
* Indicates an NMRA Member-Owned Business
American Flyer Repair
Jack Shaw
165 Primrose Pass / Newnan, GA 30265
MAIN
678-230-3184
Atlanta Locomotive Company *
Ovidiu Trifanescu
HO & N-scale Electrical & mechanical repairs
3204 Timbercreek Cir / Roswell, GA 30076-8810
[email protected]
678-230-3184
Lathbury Electric Train Sales & Service
LINES
Johnathan Lathbury
Authorized Lionel Service Center
959 Highland Terrace NE #6, Atlanta, GA 30306
Full-Service Hobby Shops in the Piedmont Division area
(404) 892-3113
[email protected]
* Indicates an NMRA Member-Owned Business
B & B Hobby Shop
FLAG STOP
Kimberly Franklin
1142 Athens Highway, Suite 107
770-972-2328
Grayson, GA 30017
http://www.bandbhobby.com/
__________________________________________________________________
Blue Ox Trains *
Steve Funsten
425 Market Place
404-312-6467
Roswell, GA 30075
www.blueoxtrains.com
__________________________________________________________________
Stores with Train-Related Merchandise
* Indicates an NMRA Member-Owned Business
Southeastern Railway Museum
3595 Buford Hwy.
Duluth, GA 3009
(770) 476-2013
www.southeasternrailwaymuseum.org
Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
Free Time Hobbies
4167 East First Street
706-946-1120
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
www.freetimehobbies.com
__________________________________________________________________
HobbyTownUSA—Duluth
3360 Satellite Blvd.
770-418-0850
Duluth, GA 30096
www.hobbytown.com
__________________________________________________________________
HobbyTownUSA—Kennesaw
Michael & Karin Murray
840 Barrett Lakes Blvd.
770-426-8800
Kennesaw, GA 30144
www.hobbytown.com
__________________________________________________________________
Legacy Station Toys Trains and Hobbies
Brian Sheffield
4153 Lawrenceville Hwy, #12
770-339-7780
Lilburn, GA 30047
www.legacystation.com
__________________________________________________________________
Riverdale Station *
Bob Branin
6632 Georgia Hwy 85
770-991-6085
Riverdale, GA 30274
[email protected]
__________________________________________________________________
Trainmaster Models
601 East Main Street
Buford, GA 30518
Michael Devaney
678-546-3600
www.trainmastermodels.com
BRANCH
LINES
Other Hobby Outlets in Georgia
* Indicates an NMRA Member-Owned Business
Bull Street Station
307 Kentucky Avenue
Savannah, Georgia 31404
Ellie Tardif
(912) 236-4344
[email protected]
__________________________________________________________________
Lindy’s Trains
See web site for details
Multiple Locations
www.lindystrains.com
__________________________________________________________________
Picayune Toys
2482 Jett Ferry Rd, 660
Sandy Springs, Georgia 30338
(770) 395-0890
[email protected]
__________________________________________________________________
Southern Digital Railroad Hobbies
5295 Hwy 78, Suite D-322
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30087
(770) 929-1888
www.sodigi.com
2829 Cherokee Street
Kennesaw, GA 30144
(770) 427-2117
www.southernmuseum.org
Shop Talk...
These days, we hear of hobby shops closing much too often.
So we are heartened when we see one that not only is
holding its own, but actually expanding.
That’s why we were so pleased to visit Steve Funsten’s
Blue Ox Trains recently to see how his purchase of the
building where he had been renting space for several
years was going. The building, home to an “antique mall”
at 425 Market Place, is near the intersection of Grimes
Bridge Road and Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell.
Since the purchase, Steve has taken over a bit more
space than
he had before to make
more stock
available to
his customers and has
added a
small modular HO layout to
demonstrate
and test
model
Doug Alexander
trains .
Perhaps the biggest problem he has encountered is
that the other tenants want to have their displays next
to his. “Everyone wants to be near me”, says Steve.
“I guess that’s because most people who come in, apparently come to see the trains first!”
Spring Swap Meet at Kennesaw HobbyTown
HobbyTownUSA in Kennesaw, Ga. is going to hold its
Spring Railroad Swap Meet on Saturday, April 23rd from
10:00 am until 5:00 pm. As usual, it’s completely FREE to
show and sell; all you have to do is bring your own
table(s) and chair(s). The swap meet is held in the foyer
in front of the building, so you’ll want to dress accordingly, too.
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Welcome, Friends!
Even though our February meeting was pushed back a week, we had a
huge turnout that included a good number of visitors, with two from
quite some distance away...
John Corker
is from
Bayfield,
Colorado.
He is a
prominent
railroad and
western
artist; his
primary
subject
being western railroads. You can see samples of
his work at www.rrart.com.
Coming all the
way from
Great Britain,
Kathy Millatt,
mmr, is the
Atlantic Director of the
NMRA and
was in town to
attend the
spring meeting
of the National
Board. Shas been a member of the
NMRA for over a decade and models
the New Haven Railroad in HO scale.
Shop Talk…
Continued from page 12
Also, HobbyTown has some new products that you will
want to know about. First are two-yes, two-Williams OGuage 3rail
Pennsylvania
Railroad
GG-1 locomotives. One is in Tuscan red and the other in Brunswick-green. Also from Williams, they’ve got a beautiful
Atlantic Coast Line RS-3 and a handsome GP50 in UP colors.
For the HO modelers, a
number of new locomotives
have arrived, most notably
Athearn’s Norfolk Southern GP33ECO locomotive.
(There is a great article
about these innovative
engines in the March 2015 edition of TRAINS magazine.)
Editor’s note: Just as this newsletter was being put to bed,
we learned that the first one of these models at HobbyTown
has already sold, and so now two are on order there.
Blue Ox in Under the Wire
John Woods visited in
February, and then joined...
...just as Jonathan
Sodaro did!
Harry McLaughlin
Welcome Aboard
New Members!
Allan Sayle, above, visited
us at the March meeting,
as did Jim Datka, below.
Heidi Ellis
Michael Estrey
John Kegley
Charles Morrison, Jr.
David Mullis
James Pressley, Jr.
Dean Ross
Roberto Rother
John Coker
Carl Elmore
Elaine Heroux
Ronald Jefferson
The Lambert Family
Lawrence Page
Allan Sayle
Ronald Schroeder
Richard Schwenk
Jonathan Sodaro
John Woods
Matthew Bischoff
Gary Martin
John Martin
Dr. Ellyn Musser
Joesph Congemi
Robert Hodges
Bruce Meyer
J. V. Ramakant
Catherine Arey
Robert M Lacheen
Michael Lippincott
George Stickel
And speaking of last-minute news, we just received a notice from Blue Ox Trains that they’re going to have their
2nd Annual Railroad Fest & Model Train Swap Meet on
Saturday, May 14th from 10 until 3. There’s going to be
free hot dogs and burgers, so as long as the weather is
good, it’ll be a lot of fun. Oh, and there’ll be trains, so
there’s that.
Acworth
Lawerenceville
Fayetteville
Cartersville
Cumming
Stockbridge
Marietta
Lithia Springs
Marietta
Peachtree City
Acworth
Stone Mountain
Powder Springs
Snellville
Marietta
Ellijay
Cumminng
Atlanta
Dallas
Marietta
Marietta
Norcross
Atlanta
Acworth
Norcross
Alpharetta
Smyrna
Riverdale
Marietta
Kennesaw
Kennesaw
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Jasper Roundhouse group gathers for Final Run of the
NY, PA & Baltimore Central RR
The Jasper Roundhouse gang gathered recently to celebrate the
last run of Bill Raymond's N-scale NY, PA & Baltimore Central RR.
Bill has been a great asset to the group and to the Piedmont
Division, most recently service as a member of the Board of Directors. Bill is moving, and so it is with sadness that we see him -and his layout -- leave.
Here are some final looks and this great model railroad.
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Piedmont Pete sez…
Thanks fer all yew’ve done fer th’
Division and fer model railroadin’, Bill!
We hope yew will come back to visit with
us an’ set a spell! (And we look forward
to visiting YEW and seeing th’ new “NY, PA & Baltimore Central Railroad”!) Good luck in yer new
home, Bill!
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George Bloodworth’s L&K RR Open House
Photos by Andre Jackson
After a couple of false starts, George Bloodworth's HO-scale L&K
Railroad finally got seen by his fellow model railroaders in February. You may recall that George had to cut his Pilgrimage Open
House short (it had been open for about 10 minutes) because he
was experiencing pain and dizziness.
Fortunately, he is much better now, and was able to show off
his pike. George's 38' x 22' transition era L&K Railroad features
both the Pennsylvania Railroad and the B&O. The layout was on
tour during the 2013 NMRA National Convention and has appeared in the NMRA calendar, Walthers HO catalog and Model
Railroader Trackside photos.
Here are some photos taken during the event by Andre Jackson and Matt Coleman. We’ll start with Andre’s….
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George Bloodworth’s L&K RR Open House
Photos by Andre Jackson
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George Bloodworth’s L&K RR Open House
Photos by Andre Jackson
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George Bloodworth’s L&K RR Open House
Photos by Andre Jackson
More photos, these by Matt Coleman, follow
on the next page….
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George Bloodworth’s L&K RR Open House
Photos by Matt Coleman
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George Bloodworth’s L&K RR Open House
Photos by Matt Coleman
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George Bloodworth’s L&K RR Open House
Photos by Matt Coleman
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A Very Merry Meeting!
Photos by James Bando
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A Very Merry Meeting!
Photos by James Bando
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A Very Merry Meeting!
Photos by Doug Alexander
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2016 Train Show Successful in spite of Gorgeous Weather
By Joe Gelmini, mmr
With just about all expenses and income accounted for, I am pleased to report the 2016 Train Show made a profit in excess of $13,000. We did this in
spite of low attendance numbers.
The low attendance was offset by excellent sales at the White Elephant
tables as well as the raffle layout.
My thanks to all the committee members and volunteers for their extraordinary efforts in making this show another success.
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2016 Train Show
Photos by James Bando
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2016 Train Show
Photos by James Bando
Don’t miss out on your Piedmont Division’s activities!
Keep your Membership current at http://www.nmra.org/member-services
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2016 Train Show
Photos by Doug Alexander
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2016 Train Show
Photos by Doug Alexander
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2016 Train Show
Photos by Doug Alexander
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PIEDMONT DIVISION
COMMITTEE, PROGRAM & ACTIVITY
CHAIRS and CONTACTS
PIEDMONT DIVISION LEADERSHIP
achievement program
OFFICERS
Superintendent . . . . Peter Youngblood, mmr
(2016)
[email protected]
770-966-1661
[email protected]
706-253-2770
Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joe Sullivan
(2017)
[email protected]
404-705-9465
(2016)
[email protected]
941-374-1911
John Falk
678-361-4458
[email protected]
(2016)
David Gelmini
Perry Lamb
(2016)
Norm Lundin
(2017)
Alan Mole
404-272-2986
[email protected]
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apparel / division store
(2017)
Brian Sandberg
(2017)
Jim Travis
(2016)
SUPERINTENDENT
I.D. Jackson
770-509-6941
[email protected]
770-926-4261
[email protected]
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Auction
George Masak
770-529-2103
[email protected]
770-945-6488
[email protected]
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SERM Layout
Howard Goodwin, MMR
A. J. Welch
770-529-2103
[email protected]
770-663-7893
[email protected]
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Special Projects
John Falk
Scott Chatfield
678-361-4458
[email protected]
678-467-6480
[email protected]
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Train’in Camp
Chuck & Mary Ann Hoesch
Perry Lamb
828-837-9686
[email protected]
770-331-1669
[email protected]
Doug Alexander
404-272-2986
[email protected]
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Train Show
David Gelmini
Joe Gelmini, MMR
770-707-5019
[email protected]
770-460-8873
[email protected]
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Volunteers
Ovidiu Trifanescu
Walt Liles
678-230-3184
[email protected]
678-896-6311
[email protected]
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Name Tags
Charlie Crawford, mmr
Division Newsletter
770-338-4966
[email protected]
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Member Aid
EME RITUS
_________________________________
Stephen Leydon
_________________________________
Library — Video
770-289-2020
[email protected]
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Refreshments
Howard Goodwin, MMR
770-920-9030
[email protected]
678-920-1803
[email protected]
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Raffle Layout
Gary Jarabek
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Library — Books
770-315-7244
[email protected]
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Atlanta RPM Meet
Doug Alexander
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good & welfare
770-251-8035
[email protected]
(2016)
770-509-6941
[email protected]
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coffee coordinator
770-218-9744
[email protected]
Joe Maiuro
Gary Jarabek
770-509-6941
[email protected]
678-920-8818
[email protected]
770-707-5019
[email protected]
(2017)
Gary Jarabek
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boy scouts merit badge
DIRECTORS AT-LARGE
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Piedmont Pilgrimage
Peter Youngblood, mmr
[email protected]
770-594-2618
Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Royal Bruce
678-344-7500
[email protected]
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production
Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris White
(2016)
Milt Burge
770-831-5736
[email protected]
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Advertising
Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matt Coleman
(2017)
Operations Experience
Randall Watson
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Webmaster
James Bando
Scott Povlot
770-928-2135
[email protected]
770-569-4678
[email protected]
678-982-4699 [email protected]
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PETES
PHUNNIES
TRADITIONAL CLUBS
Model Railroad Club of Atlanta (O)
Terry Weldon 770-979-0473
Meets: every Monday, 7:30 p.m
Tri-State Area Model Railroad, Inc. (HO)
www.tsmri.org
Leonard James 423-496-5006
[email protected]
Meets:
1st Monday of each month in Mineral Bluff
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MODULAR CLUBS
Atlanta Interlocking Model Railroad Club (HO)
Charlie Crawford, MMR
770-565-1845
[email protected]
Country RRoads (North Georgia) [email protected]
LEGO Train Club www.ngltc.org
James Trobaugh
[email protected]
Metro North Atlanta N-Scalers (NTRAK)
Dan Douthart Superintendent
770 985-2564
Gene Jablonski Paymaster
770 992-3061
Larry Graus
Roadmaster
770 237-0094
Meets: 7:30 PM the first Tuesday of each month
North Georgia Modurail (HO)
www.northgeorgiamodurail.org
Jon Cook
770-993-9620
NWGA T-Trak
Jim Nealand
[email protected]
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OPERATING GROUPS
Chattahoochee Express Operating Group North Atlanta Metro
Gary Jarabek
770-509-6941
[email protected]
Intown Atlanta Model Railroaders Inside I-285
Doug Alexander
I know thet there are
folks who want to run
their pikes like real railroads . They gets forms
and rules an all sorts of
thangs to be as much like
the prototype as possible.
But I have to wonder if
Daniel Slack here ain’t
takin’ things a little far in
lubricatin’ his N-scale engines. Daniel sez it works
but it does git kinda
messy…
404-272-2986
[email protected]
Joint Railway Association of Georgia (JRAG) http://dixierail.com/
Norm Stenzel [email protected]
Meets: Most Fridays
North Atlanta Rail Barons Cobb, Cherokee and Paulding county area
www.NorthAtlantaRailBarons.com
Howard “HOrn” Goodwin
770-529-2103
[email protected]
North County Interchange I-85/I-985 corridor
Paul Rankin [email protected]
I found this
varmint while I
was workin’ the
google machine
t’other day.
Ain’t she purty?
This gussied-up
handcar has to
be a wild ride.
If any of y’all
want to gin one
up, yore friend,
‘ol Piedmont
Pete, will be happy to test it out and see if she can
skedaddle!
As you prob’ly know, those terrible people at Testers
bought Floquil and shut it down, leaving many of us
high and dry. But there are others who are working to
pick up the business Testors left on the table and respond to our needs as modelers. But it seems that
someone at a company called Dave isn’t getting what
we’re looking for in model paints, exactly...though I
might could find a use for “Angry Wood”. That
sounds pretty promising, actually.
Southern Crescent Operating Group South of I-20
Joe Gelmini 770-460-8873
[email protected]
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OTHER CLUBS
Georgia Society of FerroEquinologists
Robert Hunt 770-428-3864
Bob Hoenes 770-422-0081
www.trainweb.org/gsof/
Meets: `2nd Friday of each month at 7:30 pm at Covenant Pres. Church, Marietta
Georgia Association of Narrow Gaugers
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/georgiangers
Pat Turner 423-744-0429
Georgia Garden Railway Society
Dan Michel
[email protected]
www.grs.info
Railroad Model Club of Atlanta Metro Atlanta
Bob Peppel
770-934-4067
Southern O-Scalers Canton, GA
Dan Mason
470-385-6638
[email protected]
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That’s it for this issue, folks! See you next time, and
in the meanwhile, keep it phunnie!
To update a listing or have your group listed here, please contact
Associate Editor Bob Wood at [email protected]
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