I appreciate your opinion on contests. I would like to note that along with the contest, we will have a large area available for model displays as noted on our website
Here is a quote from that same web page: "And there is also a large display area, where modelers may simply display their models without entering the contest. Come and participate, and come to look."
Our contest and model display room is open to the public for the entire show, even when the judging is taking place. We encourage people to bring in models early so that everyone gets a chance to see their work.
Many people who enter the contests are really interested in the NMRA Achievement Program. I am one of those people. This is a great part of the NMRA's education program that helps modelers learn the fine art of modeling. Whether in a contest or not, models can be evaluated (or "judged") by experienced modelers. Then you get feedback which allows you to improve your work.
If you live in the Atlanta area, I encourage you to come to one of our monthly meetings. You won't find a group of "insiders". We welcome visitors! We average 75 - 80 people each month. Each of our meetings at the Piedmont Division has a informative clinic and great fellowship. For more information, see our website at
Also, please come by the train show and bring a model to display!