June 2020 - The Piedmont Division of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) would like to welcome you to the 18th year of the Piedmont Pilgrimage, the hobby's premier model railroad "open house" tour program. Unfortunately, the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic make it unwise to plan on having visitors gathered in the basements and train rooms of our modelers. Therefore, we are going online with a "virtual" program instead.
The Piedmont Division still mourns the untimely passing last year of our dear friend Gary Jarabek, the Pilgrimage Committee Chairperson for the last five years. As the new Committee Chairperson, it is humbling for me to be filling Gary's leadership role. But I can assure you that the Pilgrimage Committee is doing our best to overcome the many unique challenges we face this year.
With the necessity for "social distancing" and other Covid-19 mitigation guidelines, the Committee is working now to present a "virtual" Pilgrimage this fall. Our featured model railroads for 2020 will be made available as online video presentations. This will provide an exclusive first look at a lot of brand new "quarantine" modeling. It will also be an excellent opportunity to "tour" some of the more remote layouts in the greater Atlanta area. In addition, we are making plans to provide online question and answer sessions with some of the hosts.
We have already started on some of the video productions, and are working out a schedule for this year's "virtual" event. Links to the first videos will be posted on this website on Saturdays and Sundays, starting October 31, 2020. The last group will go online on Sunday, November 22, 2020. Please check back for more details and updates to follow!
On behalf of the members of the Piedmont Division and the Pilgrimage Committee, I look forward to your participation in this year's Pilgrimage program. Please join us online this fall. We sincerely hope to resume our traditional open house, in person tours next year.
Welcome to the 2020 "virtual" Piedmont Pilgrimage!
Mike Deaton - Piedmont Pilgrimage Chairperson