October 23, 2021 – It's here! The 19th annual Piedmont Pilgrimage, the hobby's premier “open house” model railroad layout tour program kicks off today. As the Chairperson for this annual event, presented by The Piedmont Division of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA), I am delighted that you are looking to join us for another exciting year of model railroading action around the greater Atlanta, Georgia area.
For our 2021 Piedmont Pilgrimage event, we are presenting about three dozen of our traditional open house, in-person tours, along with a smaller group of our popular video layout tour productions. The first in-person tours begin today, Saturday, October 23rd, and others follow (weekend days only) through Sunday, November 21st. The complete tour schedule and all of the latest details on these tours have been posted here on this website. We'll make updates promptly if anything changes. All of our new video tours are now available for viewing from this website, too. As an added bonus, we've also provided a link for our YouTube channel, where you can find all of last year's layout tour videos. (Website tip: If you haven't tried our "See the detailed list of the entire tour" link at the top of the Tour Schedule page, I highly recommend that over the default calendar displays.)
We are really looking forward to resuming our open house layout tours this year. But we know all too well that the Covid-19 pandemic continues to be a significant concern here in the Atlanta area. Some of our hosts are still hesitant about having guests at their homes. Some of them have set specific health and safety requirements for guests to access to their private property. We respect all of the individual decisions by our hosts regarding their safety and yours (their guests). All guests will be expected to comply with any posted requirements for entry (please note that these vary from host to host!), and we will sincerely appreciate your full cooperation in observing these rules.
It is absolutely essential that you check this website carefully for the latest information and access requirements before departing to any of our Piedmont Pilgrimage tour locations! All tours are subject to cancellation, and the guest access requirements of our hosts are subject to change at any time.
Given the smaller number of open house tours available this year, some may have many more visitors than usual. Please be patient and considerate of others if a big crowd shows up all at once.
On behalf of the Piedmont Division of the NMRA, and all of our hosts this year, let me welcome you to the 2021 Piedmont Pilgrimage. Please stay safe & healthy, and enjoy this great program!
Mike Deaton - Piedmont Pilgrimage Chairperson