Bob Wood was born and grew up in Macon, GA, came to school at Georgia Tech in 1966, graduated from Southern Technical Institute, and worked as a financial applications programmer at Georgia Power Company prior to embarking on a sales career. Along the way, he served in the Georgia Army National Guard, played drums in a rock 'n roll band and a big dance band - think Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and The Dorsey Brothers. He was a Top 40 disc jockey and a basketball play-by-play announcer in other part-time gigs.
For some 13 years (eight as Chairman), he served on the Audio/Visual Support Committee at the second largest United Methodist church in the North Georgia Conference. This experience led to his interest in staging and recording live events in both audio and video, and that caused a third major career change.
Bob joined The North Atlanta Rail Barons in March 2009 after asking Howard Goodwin a simple question - with what has become a much more complicated answer than anticipated - "How do I get started?" Howard and Louis Gomes came to his house, looked around for a minute or two, and said, "You need a dumpster to clear out this basement!" We are still waiting for that to happen...
Bob has been very active in both the North Atlanta Rail Barons and the Piedmont Division since joining the NMRA. You will find him at almost every meeting/function of both groups, and he is usually behind a video camera. From April 2009 through April 2012, he assumed responsibility for running all audio/video functions at Division meetings with assistance from several other members.
Bob has earned the NMRA Achievement Program Certificates as Chief Dispatcher and Association Volunteer. He is currently serving as the Webmaster for this site.
Kennesaw Great Southern Railroad
As Bob envisions it, his model railroad will be a mixed concept fantasy-prototype featuring a coal-drag from the coal mines of West Virginia to Plant Bowen/Scherer, a tribute to Georgia Power's two largest coal-fired power plants in North-Central Georgia. Bob's dad is originally from "God's country" - Sandersville/Tennille - so there will have to be a presence of the Sandersville Railroad hauling kaolin, and he is hoping for a lot of help from Walt Liles on this area.
There will also be other industries represented, affording ample opportunity for switching during operating sessions. And there must be a steam-powered Southern Crescent making passenger runs.
Since Bob's sister and brother-in-law (who was a conductor on the Southern Clipper route) both worked for Southern Railway, he has been warned that modeling any other railroads will result in ostracism from the family. He has taken these threats seriously.
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.