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.

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.

Chuck & Mary Ann Hoesch's Norfolk & Western + (HO)
Sunday, October 26, 2014 Morning
Paul A Rankin's San Pablo, Sonora, and Fresno RR (HO)
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Morning
Mike Fleming's Union Pacific, Sherman Hill (HO)
Sunday, November 2, 2014 Afternoon
James & Sally Bando's Grand Western Mining Company (HO)
Sunday, October 19, 2014 Afternoon
Donald Scarborough's CSX Railroad (HO)
Saturday, November 8, 2014 Afternoon
Howard Goodwin's Great Cypress Lines (HO)
Sunday, October 19, 2014 Morning
Robert Young's Pennsylvania R.R. (HO)
Sunday, November 9, 2014 Morning
Tom Banks's North South Railroad (N)
Saturday, November 22, 2014 All Day
Charlie Millar, MMR's Grand River Railway (HO)
Sunday, November 16, 2014 Afternoon
Pete Silcox's Georgia Railroad (S)
Sunday, November 2, 2014 Morning
Joe Nichols Sr., MMR's Delta Southern Railroad (HO)
Saturday, November 15, 2014 Morning
Denny Durst's Pittsburgh Union Railroad (HO)
Saturday, November 22, 2014 Morning
Billy Page's Rebel Railroad (RRR) (HO)
Saturday, October 18, 2014 Afternoon
Dr. Paul Schenk's Hybrid B&O and B&M (HO)
Saturday, November 15, 2014 Morning
George Guill's Georgia & Pacific Railway (HO)
Saturday, October 18, 2014 Afternoon
Neil Thomas's Diamond River Railroad (HO)
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Morning
Jim Dorsett's The Cumberland & Appalachian (O)
Sunday, October 19, 2014 Morning
Tom Robinson's The Tennessee Central Railway (S)
Saturday, November 8, 2014 Afternoon
Maurice Snook's Moe's Short Line (G)
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Afternoon
SERM Staff's Southeastern Railway Museum (HO)
Sunday, November 9, 2014 All Day
Bill Dischinger's Sugar Creek Valley Railroad (O)
Sunday, October 19, 2014 All Day
Jim Rogers's Cumberland Sub (HO)
Saturday, November 8, 2014 Morning
John Stevens's CSX/GNRR Tyrone Subdivision (HO)
Saturday, November 22, 2014 Morning
Don Nute's Lake Town & Shire (G)
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Afternoon
David Pitcher's Southwestern Pennsylvania Railroad (N)
Sunday, November 16, 2014 Morning