In Memoriam - Ron Gough, MMR 321

Ron Gough, MMR, was a very active and instrumental leader of our division for over 20 years.  We first remember Ron during the 1995 NMRA National Convention in Atlanta where he earned his Author certificate.  Notice he earned his MMR in a little over 8 years in the hobby.
Most of us remember Ron from our monthly Piedmont meetings where he emphasized the use of scale wood instead of styrene for his modeling projects.  Ron was a big proponent of ‘scratch building’ and presented several clinics at our NMRA National conventions, including Scratch Building 101 and Scratch Building 102.  His thought on using wood was to do it ‘as a carpenter would do it’.  He was a master structure builder.  Ron had a beautiful layout to show off his modeling projects.  He was a "railfan" and not an "operator". He enjoyed seeing trains running through pretty scenery, but not much on switching cars.

One of Ron’s most important achievements was to head up our first modern model train show.  When I was the Division Superintendent, he was the only volunteer to begin our new train show.  As Train Show Manager, Ron reserved a spot at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta and set the stage for many successful shows.  The show was held in that location for over 10 years before moving to the Cobb Galleria Center where it is held today. Since its inception, the Model Train Show is the Piedmont’s primary revenue generator.

Ron was very outgoing and just great at finding places for our activities.  Ones that I remember are:
  • The Elks Lodge on Montreal Drive where we held meetings for many years
  • Cartersville, GA where we hosted one of the most successful Regional Conventions
  • The Cobb County Civic Center for our Model Train Show

Ron had other interests besides model railroading.  He loved college basketball.  He, and his wife Nancy, attended many tournaments. He held season tickets at GA. Tech, and collected basketball pins.  As shown in his photo, he also collected model railroading pins.  He sometimes complained his vest was almost too heavy to wear.  Ron and I had a weekly breakfast together for over 15 years and often talked about who would win the March Madness basketball tournament and sports in general.  Ron passed away at the age of 84 on July 28th.  He will be missed.

John Travis, MMR