May 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 unsafe to have visitors gathering in the basements and train rooms of our many talented modelers, so we are going online this year with a "virtual" program.
The Piedmont Division also mourns the untimely passing last year of our friend Gary Jarabek, the Pilgrimage Chairperson for the last five years. With me stepping in to fill Gary's leadership role, the Pilgrimage Committee is working hard to address all of the unique challenges we face this year.
With the necessity for "social distancing" and other Covid-19 mitigation guidelines, the Committee is making plans and arrangements now to present a "virtual" Pilgrimage this fall. For this year's Pilgrimage, our model railroads will be presented via narrated videos online. 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 hope to be able to provide some form of "real time" question and answer interaction with the hosts.
We are busily working out the details and scheduling for this year's "virtual" event. Please check back soon for more updates!
On behalf of the members of the Piedmont Division and the Pilgrimage committee, we look forward to your participation in this year's Pilgrimage program. Please join us online this fall. We hope to resume our traditional open house, in person tours next year.
Welcome to the 2020 "virtual" Piedmont Pilgrimage!
Mike Deaton - Piedmont Pilgrimage Chairperson