Tuesday, March 2, 2010

NMRA Achievement Program Yahoo Group

NMRA Achievement Program Yahoo Group is a new way to find information, guidance and the sometime necessary kick-in-the-pants to help you earn your Achievement Program Certificates and become a MASTER MODEL RAILROADER.

If you are an NMRA member and would like to join, just go here…

I’m Scott Perry, long time Yahoo Group host and found of several groups such as…


And others!

So come join the fun, make new friends and make a plan to Achieve!

Scott Perry

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Georgia Northeastern Railfan Store

I forgot about this!  I built a Cafepress store for the GNRR Railfan Group!


You can still buy GNRR stuff on line!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Favorite GNRR Shots

Maybe not the best shot in the world, but I was inside the shop hanging out with the crew and you were somewhere else!  Click on photo to enlarge.  I'll build a model of this one day.

The Blue Ridge smokin' into town.

Tunnels of Trees near Holly Springs

Parked to rest for the night, right on the main line.

This is a NARROW GAUGE caboose from the original railroad, the Marietta & Knoxville.  It is inside the marble pits and serves as the office.  That is not snow on the ground, it's calcium carbonate.

White marble is everywhere, so might as well make a nice bridge out of it.  This is in Canton, GA.

My all time favorite!  Hanging out in the kudzu after a long, hot day.

The Turnip Town Trestle.  The longest and highest in Georgia, and it is curved.

This was my Christmas shot in the GNRR calender published many years ago.

Long shadows at the Tate depot.

Hard working Geep's...a bit long in the tooth.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Airplane Time

While Delta holds me captive for hours on end refusing to give me more than 24 peanuts at a time, I invest the time in designing layouts.  My trip to Detroit (snow) and back gave me 3 hours of total thought time, minus a small argument with a bone head behind me that was playing his stereo too loud.

My big question for Jackson's layout is "can I get it all in and if I can't what gets dropped?"  Big question.  There are a lot of good features on the layout.  One thing to consider is a good mix of traffic.  There are a ton of industries that take tank cars so you don't want to be just tank cars running around.  The Nelson Marble Cutting operation is back up and running.   It doesn't take rail cars, but it is so cool to see the train run right through the middle of a business with all that white dust and stone.

I'm getting a good trackplan in my head now, but need to finish the drawing of the room and check it out.  I NEVER start drawing without the dimensions being thoroughly checked.  But we'll start soon.

Monday, January 11, 2010

More Dimensions

Over about three or four phone calls tonight I've gotten all the dimensions that I need for the layout.  I'll start finalizing these this week and produce a drawing.  Then I'll buzz over to I.D.'s house and we'll check them together.


Even the best people with the best measuring tools make mistakes measuring a room.  I've made mistakes.  Use two people, make the drawing and use different people to check it.  I'll carry a buddy with me.

Then we can draw!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Towns on the GNRR

Towns on the GNRR from South to North

Elizabeth (Interchange with CSX)
Holly Springs
Ball Ground
Tate (Yard and Loco Servicing
Talking Rock
East Ellijay
Cherry Log
Blue Ridge
Murphy Junction
Copper Hill

What did I miss????

Map of the Georgia Northeastern