Operations on The Littletowne RR

NARB LogoThe North Atlanta Rail Barons is an Operating Group, which means that we design and operate our railroads as prototypically (that just means "like the big boys do it!") as possible under scale conditions.

On the first Tuesday of every month, the North Atlanta Rail Barons assemble for an operating session. On May 6, 2014, we swarmed into Bill Zawacki's home for "The Lone Ranger" operations (you will have to ask Bill or Howard about the reference) on his Littletowne Railroad. If you haven't seen the excellent work that Bill has done on his layout, do not miss it on this year's Piedmont Pilgrimage in October or November.

Bill earned his Master Model Railroader certificate in 2011, and his Littletowne Railroad is the result of many years of painstaking modeling. All of his more than 50 structures are wood - with one exception, which he will invite you to locate! - and his whimsical sense of humor is evident in several scenes along the railroad's route.

Participants included Howard Goodwin, Rob Dodds, Perry Lamb, Walt Liles, Jim Travis, Boyd Bender, Brian Campbell, Steve Funsten, I. D. Jackson, Mark Thomann, Dean Webb, and Bob Wood. And, of course, Bill and his wife Mary Ann, who as always cooked up some delicious refreshments, made it all possible.

The Littletowne Railroad occupies a space of 9 by 18 feet, and while waiting for a train, members occupy the adjacent Crew Lounge enjoying refreshments and whatever railroad video is playing on the TV. 

Here is a sample of what it looked like, and you can click each image for a larger view of the proceedings. For more pictures from Bill Zawacki's Littletowne Railroad, click here

Meanwhile, in the Crew Lounge, L-R, Jim Travis, Rob Dodds, Mark Thomann, Dean Webb, Walt Liles, Perry Lamb, and Howard Goodwin.

Jim Travis and Howard Goodwin enjoying the movie.

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 horn69@bellsouth.net

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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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