Bill Raymond


All of the North Atlanta Rail Barons are very proud to announce that Bill Raymond has been elected to the Board of Directors of the OPSIG - the Operations Special Interest Group. Bill has been active in OPSIG for many years, and he began his elective service (a three-year term) to the organization at the OPSIG Board Meeting during the NMRA National Convention in Cleveland in July 2014.

Congratulations, Bill! We know you will be an excellent addition to the Board as you bring a wealth of operations experience to your new position. And we are very glad to have that experience in the Rail Barons as well.

New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio Central Railroad

The New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio Central RR is a mythical merger of the New York Central, Pennsy and B&O railroads, and is set primarily in Ohio. The layout is designed for operations and the track plan is essentially a single track mainline with passing sidings and hidden staging yards at each end. The average train length is 20 to 25 cars. Construction of the layout started in September 2006 and the Golden Spike was driven in September 2010. The Peco turnouts originally used in the layout are being slowly replaced with scratch built turnouts. To date 100 of the 127 turnouts have been built and installed. The most notable changes since last year is the expansion of the sceniced portions of the layout.

Layout at a Glance

Scale: N
Size: 25' X 28'
Prototype: NYC, PRR and B&O
Locale: Mid Central US (primarily Ohio)
ERA: 1950's to 1960's
Style: Linear Walk around
Length of Mainline: 202 ' or 6.11 Scale Miles
Latout Height: 49" to 57"
Benchwork: L-Girder with Box Grids
Roadbed: Cork over Plywood or Foam
Trackwork: Peco Code 80
Turnouts: Most handmade, #8 for Mainline , # 5 for Yards/Industrial
Min Radius: 16"
Maximum Grade: 2.1%
Scenery: Hardshell/Foam 40% complete
Backdrop: Painted Hardboard
Controls: Digitrax DCC (wireless)
Wheelchair Accessible Yes


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  Member Index

Charter Members

The following current members of the North Atlanta Rail Barons are Charter Members of the group:

Howard Goodwin, MMR

Charlie Brown, MMR

Al Churella

Rob Dodds

Perry Lamb

Walt Liles

Jim Travis


The following members have joined the North Atlanta Rail Barons during the last nine years.

Boyd Bender

Dave Butts

Brian Campbell

Steve Funsten

I. D. Jackson

Bill Mathewson

Conrad Mora

Bill Raymond

Brian Sandberg

Mark Thomann

Dean Webb

Bob Wood

Bill Zawacki, MMR


Former Members

Charlie Crawford, MMR was a Charter Member of NARB and former Superintendent of the Piedmont Division. He was the third member of our group to earn the award of Master Model Railroader. He is now participating in another local operating group.

Larry K. Smith, MMR was a charter member of NARB and now lives in Kentucky where he completed the requirements to become the fourth Master Model Railroader from NARB.

Louis Gomes was a long-term member of NARB, an excellent modeler, guru of the CV's and DCC decoders and wiring design. He was the group's first webmaster and is responsible for the design of our logo. Louis recently completed his education and was rewarded with a new job in Houston, TX.

Philo Hutcheson left us when he accepted a position with the University of Alabama Birmingham. He had built an excellent HO-scale railroad depicting the Maine coastline in the 1940's/50's era.

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