Piedmont Division Train'in Camp
Model Railroad Operations

On Saturday, May 24, 2014, the Piedmont Division presented one more in the series of “Train'in Camp” programs which are designed to educate the model railroad community on various subjects related to model railroading.

This clinic covered various aspects of Model Railroad Operations, presented by lead clinician Bill Raymond, assisted by Walt Liles and Howard Goodwin, all members of the North Atlanta Rail Barons Operating Group. Basic concepts in starting and planning a model railroad with an understanding of operations incorporating prototype practices were covered as a means of expanding the enjoyment of the hobby.

By showing the various methods of operations from the very basic to a somewhat more elaborate operating scheme, participants were able to sample the different methods in hopes of developing their own operational scheme applied to their respective railroads. Both Prototype as well as Freelance operations were covered.

Bill highlighted operations as it related to his Ohio railroads, Walt Liles spoke of operations as it related to his Southern and Seaboard applications while Howard Goodwin spoke of operations on his Freelanced Great Cypress Lines. All presented some contrast but the overriding theme taken home by all was to have FUN!

The two-hour clinic was fast-paced and informative and enjoyed by all. The next Train'in Camp will be on one of two possible subjects - DCC Decoders or Scenery Effects using Pastels.

Be sure to look for information that will be following soon on the Piedmont Division web site. Perry Lamb, a member of the North Atlanta Rail Barons is the Division's Train'in Camp coordinator.

Respectfully Submitted:
Howard Goodwin

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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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