Our great hobby of model railroading provides the opportunity to allow us to use our vision to be creative, use carpentry skills, electrical skills, model building skills, and develop scenery. Another opportunity that we can benefit from is the friendships and helpful assistance from fellow model train lovers. The NMRA is the association that helps bring all this together. The Piedmont Division has monthly meetings and clinics that provides a place to interact and expand friendships, but we encourage out members to form Operating Groups.
Operating Groups are smaller groups of people (frequently 8-15 people) that help each other with constructing their respective layouts and participating in operating sessions. These smaller groups provide you with the ability to develop closer friends and a camaraderie that generally are not available in the larger group setting. We have listed below Operating Groups in our area.
We also encourage you to form your own operating group. This can be with individuals in a close geographical area or just putting out a notice that you want to form a new group. Some of the groups listed below may have a full compliment of members others may still be looking for members. We encourage you to join or form an operating group, you may find you will enjoy the model railroad hobby more than you do now.
We are an HO Club, Membership is kept at about 10 - 12 members. We do not have regular meetings, dues or officers. We attempt to reach a consensus on club matters. To be a member, one must construct a minimum of 10 feet of modules. Members are expected to take part in setting up, operating and breaking down for shows.
We participate an the Great Train Expo Shows. We have set up layouts as fund-raisers for Smoke Rise Baptist ( with North Georgia Modurail), Snellville Baptist and Wesley Chapel United Methodist Churches. Our members have also shown layouts at the Wrecking Crew Show in Birmingham, SER Convention in Montgomery and the NER Convention in Parsippany, NJ.
Contact: Charlie Crawford
The Intown Operators Group was started in 2008 by Crew Heimer and Tom Gordon to help develop the layouts and operating skills of modellers who actually live ‘Inside The Perimeter’. Our membership is open to all scales, and you don’t have to have a layout to be a member (you just have to wish you did!). We operate, of course, but we also get together to help members build, plan, and in some cases, clean up!
The IOG presently has 17 full members, two associate members and one we really aren’t sure about. There are eight operating layouts, two others are under construction, and five are in planning. Meetings are ad-hoc but usually monthly, and membership is open to everyone who lives in or near the City of Atlanta.
There are presently no dues, no offices and almost no discipline. The only requirement is that when a member hosts an operating session, he or she must supply the crowd with a bag of Oreo Double-Stuft cookies. We don’t really know how this came to be, but them’s the rules.
If you are interested in joining, you can contact any one of our members, or email email@example.com.
Many of our members’ layouts have been on the Pilgrimage:
The Joint Railway Association of Georgia (JRAG) is a group of model railroaders dedicated to Prototype Model Railroad Operation. We are a loosely knit Round Robin operating group. We have been meeting almost every Friday evening since 1981 operating one of the layouts in the group. We currently have 8 operating railroads in the schedule. We operate in a professional manner but we also think operation should be FUN!
If you are interested in Model Railroad Operations based on prototype practices, contact Norm Stenzel firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, we would be happy to have you join us for a session. Find out more about us at our website, http://dixierail.com/.
This operating group was started by Howard Goodwin to accommodate the model railroaders on the northwest side of Atlanta in an effort to assist those who are building or starting home layouts, to teach the skills it necessitates and to be a source of fellowship, support base and encouragement to those in the group. In less than two years since it's creation, the most important accomplishment has been the fellowship derived from participation in the group. Along the way we are managing to get some model railroads built.
Currently there are eight home layouts, three just having recently started construction, the rest in varying stages of completion. Three layouts are currently capable of having operations with a fourth starting by the end of this year. All of the layouts have trains running to some degree, but progress is continual on all the layouts. All the layouts are currently using some form of DCC, Digitrax, Lenz and NCE, although the vast majority is using Digitrax. We are not anticipating adding any new members, but we said that when there were only eight of us in the group.
The North County Interchange is about operating model train layouts. But since you have to have a layout first, we are also about building layouts. The Atlanta area is swarming with model railroaders, but there are only a limited number of operating groups in the area. It is our goal to form a regularly meeting operating group with layouts being constructed along the I-85/I-985 corridor.
There are not rules. There are no dues. There are no officers, by-laws, or regulations. We are friends, first and foremost and the guy hosting the meeting is the boss. If you are interested in this group, contact Paul Rankin.