End of October 2020 – It’s finally here! Welcome to the 18th annual Piedmont Pilgrimage, the hobby's premier “open house” model railroad layout tour program. As the new Chairperson for this annual event, presented by The Piedmont Division of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA), I am delighted that you are joining us for another exciting year of model railroading action around the greater Atlanta, Georgia area.
Unfortunately, the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic have prevented us from admitting visitors into the homes, basements, and train rooms of our modelers in 2020. So we have gone online with a "virtual layout tour” video program for you instead.
For our 2020 online Piedmont Pilgrimage event, we are presenting 48 virtual layout tour videos through links on this website. A few will feature layouts on tour for the very first time, and many will provide an exclusive first look at some of our latest "quarantine" modeling. This also provides an excellent opportunity for visitors to "tour" some of the more remote layouts in the greater Atlanta area.
We are scheduling several live, interactive question & answer sessions, to be held online with some of our featured hosts. You’ll be able to ask questions via the chat feature. Please see our Tour Schedule page for our current Video Release Schedule, our scheduled Host Q&A sessions, and all of the latest details about the 2020 Piedmont Pilgrimage.
Producing a “virtual” Pilgrimage with all of these new videos has been quite an undertaking (even more so in these “challenging times”!). It has taken countless hours for our Pilgrimage Committee volunteers and our modelers to put this all together for you, our visitors. Each “virtual layout tour” video required post-production of the “raw video” to produce a quality finished product. I especially want to thank our very limited staff of volunteer video editors, and several of our modelers who produced their own videos. The results are very impressive!
Remember, links to each daily group of videos will be posted to this website on Saturdays and Sundays, from October 31, 2020, through Sunday, November 22, 2020. Please check back for the most up-to-date information, as schedule details are still subject to change. We hope to add more host Q&A sessions later on.
We sincerely hope to resume our traditional open house, in person tours next year. Until then, stay safe, and...
Welcome to the 2020 "virtual" Piedmont Pilgrimage!
Mike Deaton - Piedmont Pilgrimage Chairperson