We remember Bob McIntyre who founded the concept of the Piedmont Pilgrimage in 2003. He along with Howard Goodwin launched the Piedmont Pilgrimage in 2003 with 12 layouts on tour. The Piedmont Division has continued recognizing National Model Railroad month since that time.
Open House Layouts
The Piedmont Pilgrimage tour is open to anyone interested in model railroading. Just come in anytime during the scheduled times for each open house. The cost for entry is free! Children are welcome to attend with proper supervision from their parents. Bring your camera so that you can take home some great memories. We would love for you to join us as we celebrate National Model Railroad Month in November by visiting Atlanta's best layouts! Be sure to tell your friends.
Spreading the Word
The goal of the NMRA is to promote the fantastic hobby of model railroading, and the best way to learn about the hobby is to see for yourself the wonderful work of the Atlanta area experts. We are fortunate here in Georgia to have an incredibly large collection of outstanding model builders and all of them are very friendly and glad to invite you in to look at their work.
A printed tour booklet for the Pilgrimage is available at your local hobby shop, or you can find the tour schedule and directions online here at the Piedmont Pilgrimage website.
Look for our yellow Piedmont Pilgrimage yard signs to help you find the location of the layout.
Icons on layout pages and schedule listings
- Special NoticeSpecial Notice
- Look for special instructions or directions on the layout description
- Pilgrimage PioneerPilgrimage Pioneer
- Layouts participating since our inaugural year
- Gold MedalGold Medal
- Layouts participating 5 years or more
- Silver MedalSilver Medal
- Layouts participating over 3 years
- Bronze MedalBronze Medal
- Layouts participating at least 1 year
- New TourNew Tour
- Layouts on tour for the 1st time
Since this tour is comprised of home layouts, very few of the layouts on the Piedmont Pilgrimage are wheelchair accessible. Most of the layouts that say "Yes" to wheelchair accessibility will have a qualifier and do not meet federal guidelines. Since most of the layouts have a basement entrance, access is by traversing across a sloping and grassy or pine straw terrain. This should be approached with assistance due to the need for going up or down a hill and extra care should be taken during or following rain. The door entrances are a minimum of 30". Another area of concern is the line of sight once in the train area. The general height of the layouts range from 44" to 55" from a sitting position it may be difficult to view the layouts. None of the home layouts have wheelchair bathrooms available. We have a few layouts housed in public buildings that are fully wheelchair compliant.