Howard Goodwin Earns Top NMRA Award

Becomes 5th Master Model Railroader in North Atlanta Rail Barons

NARB LogoAt the May 19, 2015 meeting of The Piedmont Division of the NMRA, co-founder of The North Atlanta Rail Barons Howard Goodwin received the title of Master Model Railroader #556. Master Model Railroader (MMR) is the top achievement one can attain in the National Model Railroad Association, as you can see from the requirements at the link below.

Howard received his NMRA Achievement Program Certificate as a Master Model Railroader on May 19, 2015. An NMRA member qualifies as a Master Model Railroader when he has obtained at least seven of the eleven Achievement Certificates provided that he has earned at least one Achievement Certificate in each of the four areas of the Regulations. Howard has earned eight of the eleven AP Certificates. Earning the title of Master Model Railroader is the ultimate goal for many participants in the Achievement Program.

Howard had previously earned the following AP Certificates:

• Master Builder - Cars
• Master Builder - Structures
• Model Railroad Engineer - Civil
• Model Railroad Engineer - Electrical
• Engineering & Operation - Chief Dispatcher
• Association Official
• Association Volunteer
• Model Railroad Author

Howard (HOrn) Goodwin, MMR is a past-President of the Lauderdale Shoreline Model Railroad Club in Florida, and he has served as both Superintendent and Director of Operations of the Piedmont Division, Southeastern Region, of the National Model Railroad Association. He is an active participant in almost all of the Division’s activities, and his Great Cypress Lines is an annual participant in the Piedmont Pilgrimage tour of member’s layouts. He is also founder of the North Atlanta Rail Barons, a very active operating group within the Division.

Howard is a classic teacher, always willing to share what he has learned with others. Below are pictures of him teaching us on this occasion the techniques for building plastic structures, and you can click each image for a larger view. 

L-R: Steve Funsten, Jim Travis, Howard Goodwin, I.D. Jackson, Brian Sandberg, Walt Liles, Brian Campbell. Center L-R: Perry Lamb, Mark Thomann. Photo by Bob Wood.

Howard Goodwin assembles roof structures.

Contact Information

If you live in the Cobb, Cherokee and Paulding County area and would like information on the North Atlanta Rail Barons, or if you would like to visit one of our operating group sessions, please contact Howard Goodwin, MMR below. Please include your telephone number if you wish to have someone call you.

Electronic mail
General Information: Howard Goodwin, MMR

Piedmont Division Logo           Southeastern Region logo           NMRA logo

  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.

Content 1
Content 2