Dean Webb joined the North Atlanta Rail Barons in about 2007, and he is one of the most likable people you will ever want to meet. He retired from Lockheed-Martin as a General Machinist in 2007 and began in earnest to design what his model railroad would be. His interest in railroads began with watching the trains in the Southern Railway Murphy Branch many years ago, and he says that he has loved trains ever since. He must be an avid railfan since he lives in a beautifully remodeled Acworth home across the street from the CSX mainline approach into Kennesaw and Acworth siding. The CSX nainline runs from Chattanooga to Atlanta. Dean sees LOTS of trains from his front porch or from his upstairs office window.
While he has collected lots of motive power and rolling stock over the years, Dean says that he may start selling some of his rather extensive collection which will not be needed for his railroad. Among his collection are a number of brass locomotives.
Dean is building his model railroad on the second floor, and has made some great progress since the last NARB work session at his home. He has provided us with the first layout pictures below, and you can see that he has begun to add subroadbed and a lot of trackage! The three-turn helix is virtually complete including track, and his photos show his yard from both ends. He tells us that electrical work will begin now with the arrival of his DCC system.
Look for more additions soon.
The Lower Acworth Southern
This railroad begins as a transition era (1934-1949) railway with plans to incorporate some early diesel era motive power. The layout will consist of two levels, and it will be powered by a Digitrax Super Chief DCC System.
More to come...
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.