About The Piedmont Division
The Piedmont Division is one of, if not THE most active, accomplished and productive NMRA Division in the country! Our members are some of the most talented modelers in the hobby, and all share a love of railroads. As a member of the Piedmont Division your benefits include:
Monthly Meetings Our monthly meetings include announcements of interest, Achievement Program awards and recognition, and Show and Tell, followed by a clinic on model railroading. You will also hear about Region and National events, which are always well-attended by your fellow members of the Piedmont Division. In addition, you have access to exclusive division merchandise and limited edition railcars, and our book and video libraries, each with more than 300 titles. And with an average attendance of more than 100 individuals, you are sure to meet modelers from your area who share your interests in the hobby.
The Model Train Show Each March, the Piedmont Division hosts the premier trains-only show in the Southeast. Volunteers receive free admission to the show (www.themodeltrainshow.com).
Operating Groups The Piedmont Division is home to a number of local round-robin groups. Members assist each other in building their layouts and operating their railroads.
Monthly Layout Open-House Tours The Piedmont Division sponsors one or two layout open houses each month. You are welcome to see these layouts in operation, as well as talk to the layout owners about their railroads.
Piedmont Pilgrimage Weekends from mid-October through November, the Piedmont Division celebrates Model Railroad Month with 80+ open-house layout tours, attracting more than 6,000 visitors annually (www.piedmontpilgrimage.com).
Community Involvement The Piedmont Division offers an extensive Boy Scout Railroading Merit Badge program held four times a year at the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth and Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw. At the museum in Kennesaw, the division also participates in “Trains! Trains! Trains!” and “Railroad Rendezvous,” two one-day events for kids and adults.
The Achievement Program The NMRA Achievement Program provides incentive for you to learn and master the many crafts and skills necessary in the hobby of model railroading. As you complete each category, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your achievement. Currently the division has nine members who completed the AP requirements earning them the MMR (Master Model Railroader) title.
Contests Division contests are held in April and October and offer a wonderful opportunity to have your modeling skills and railroad photography evaluated.
Publications As a member of the Piedmont Division, you will receive the Timetable, the division’s quarterly newsletter, for free. Current news and events can be found on our website, www.piedmont-div.org.
Train ‘in Camp For a nominal cost to members, the Piedmont Division offers periodic hands-on clinics on topics such as airbrushing and Digital Command control. These clinics are taught by some of our most knowledgeable modelers in a classroom environment with a low student-instructor ratio.
As a member of the Piedmont Division, you automatically become a member of the Southeastern Region of the NMRA (SER). Each year, the SER partners with a local division to host an outstanding convention, which includes clinics, prototype rail and layout tours, a train show, model contest, and an awards banquet. You may also subscribe to the SouthErneR, the NMRA’s finest regional publication, at the low price of $10 per year, or view the expanded version in color online for free.
As a member of the National association, you help maintain the standards and practices that have made model railroading the world’s greatest hobby. You have access to exclusive merchandise, publications, and the annual national convention. And with more than 19,000 members, you are a part of the largest model railroad organization in the world (www.nmra.org).
Remember, all these activities are included in the cost of your NMRA membership (with the exception of Train ‘in Camp, merchandise and the hard copy version of the SouthErneR). Regional and national merchandise and conventions, available only to members, are available at a nominal cost to you
We look forward to seeing you at our next division meeting.