November is National Model Railroad Month! The Piedmont Division of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) celebrates November with a public "tour" of great model railroads in the Atlanta Area.
The Piedmont Division recognizes the late Bob McIntyre, who founded the concept of the Piedmont Pilgrimage in 2003. Along with Howard Goodwin, Bob helped launch the inaugural Piedmont Pilgrimage that year with 12 model railroad layouts on tour. Since then, the Piedmont Division has continued recognizing National Model Railroad Month every year with this event, which featured over 70 layouts in 2019.
This year, we also honor and remember the late Gary Jarabek, who so capably and faithfully served as the Chairperson of this event from 2015 through 2019.
Open House Layout Tours
Because of COVID-19 concerns, the Piedmont Pilgrimage is going "virtual" for 2020. Regrettably, there will be no "open house" tours this year. As an alternative, we are preparing a series of excellent layout tour videos, which will be made available through this website. Many will feature brand new, never before seen work by our accomplished modelers. In addition to these pre-recorded video programs, there will also be live, interactive question and answer sessions online with some of the featured modelers. The first videos will go online here on Saturday, October 31, with others to follow every Saturday and Sunday, through November 22.
As always, the Piedmont Pilgrimage layout tour program is open to anyone interested in model railroading. There is no charge or registration required, and you do not have to be a member to participate. Just visit this website during the scheduled times when each layout to be featured. Can't be online at the scheduled time? No problem, the videos will remain available on our website for viewing later.
We would love for you to join us as we celebrate National Model Railroad Month in November by "virtually" visiting some of Atlanta's best layouts! Please share with your friends and family!
Spreading the Word
The goal of the NMRA is to promote the fantastic hobby of model railroading, and a great way to learn about the hobby is to see for yourself the wonderful work of the Atlanta area's experts. We are fortunate here in Georgia to have an incredibly large collection of outstanding model train craftsmen. All of them are very friendly and glad to invite you in to look at their work. We certainly hope to have our traditional "open house" in-person tours back again in the fall of 2021!
Please note that we are not producing a printed "Tour Booklet" for the Pilgrimage this year, but you will find the event schedule and other details posted here on the Piedmont Pilgrimage website, as they become available.
Icons on layout pages and schedule listings
- Special NoticeSpecial Notice
- Indicates special instructions. Please take note of these where applicable.
- 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.