Tour Atlanta’s Great Model Railroads

November is National Model Railroad Month. The Piedmont Division of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) celebrates November with a public tour of model railroads in the Atlanta Area.

Tribute To Bob McIntyre

Bob McIntyre Photo

As a tribute to Bob McIntyre we are dedicating the 2014 Piedmont Pilgrimage in his honor.  He founded the Piedmont Pilgrimage in 2003 and continued as Chairman until 2013.  During that time the number of layouts on tour increased from 12 to more than 80.  Over 6400 visitors toured the layouts last year.  Bob contributed to model railroading as an office holder and cheerleader.  His out-going personality encouraged individuals to become model railroaders and to expand their skills.

Bob McIntyre

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.

More Information

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.

Tour Yard Sign

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

Wheelchair Accessibility

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.

Maurice Snook's Moe's Short Line (G)
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Afternoon
Ed Laity's Valley & Tekoa Railroad (HO)
Saturday, November 15, 2014 Afternoon
Brian Glock's Sugar Valley and Sweetwater RR (HO)
Sunday, November 23, 2014 Afternoon
Perry Lamb's Utah, Colorado & Western (HO)
Sunday, November 2, 2014 Morning
Nydia Hanna 's Raccoon Creek Scenic Railroad (O)
Sunday, November 9, 2014 Afternoon
Norm Stenzel's Brandywine & Benedictine RR (HO)
Sunday, November 16, 2014 Afternoon
Jim Dorsett's The Cumberland & Appalachian (O)
Sunday, October 19, 2014 Morning
Gary Jarabek's Pennsylvania Railroad Southeast Division (HO)
Sunday, November 23, 2014 Morning
North Georgia Live Steamers's Conyers & Hightower Trail Railroad (1.5")
Saturday, November 8, 2014 Afternoon
Tri-State Model Railroad Club's The L&N's "Old Line" (HO)
Sunday, October 26, 2014 Morning
Lee Schramm's Shawnee Division, Norfolk & Western Railroad & Deutsche Modellbundesbahn (HO)
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Afternoon
David Pitcher's Southwestern Pennsylvania Railroad (N)
Sunday, November 16, 2014 Morning
Eric Siegel's Appalachian & Western Railroad (O)
Saturday, October 18, 2014 All Day
Neil Thomas's Diamond River Railroad (HO)
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Morning
Philip and Linda Stead's D&RGW San Juan Division (On3)
Sunday, October 26, 2014 Afternoon
Bill Dischinger's Sugar Creek Valley Railroad (O)
Sunday, October 19, 2014 All Day
James & Sally Bando's Grand Western Mining Company (HO)
Sunday, October 19, 2014 Afternoon
Dan Berman's Georgia Southern (HO)
Sunday, November 9, 2014 Afternoon
Howard Goodwin's Great Cypress Lines (HO)
Sunday, October 19, 2014 Morning
Charlie Millar, MMR's Grand River Railway (HO)
Sunday, November 16, 2014 Afternoon
John Wilson's Saint Louis Gateway (N)
Saturday, November 15, 2014 Afternoon
Chuck & Mary Ann Hoesch's Norfolk & Western + (HO)
Sunday, October 26, 2014 Morning
Rick Bigliardi's North Pole, Tinseltown South, and Bigville (NTS&B) (O)
Sunday, November 2, 2014 Morning
Robert Wheeler's Ontario Northland, Ramore Sub (HO)
Saturday, November 8, 2014 Afternoon
Donald Scarborough's CSX Railroad (HO)
Saturday, November 8, 2014 Afternoon