Every year, the NMRA BOD meet for a half year Board Meeting and I go over as Atlantic Director. This year was in Atlanta. I took the opportunity to visit a few layouts and friends as well as a trip to HQ.
As usual, the food was big! My first breakfast was waffles:
Lunch was shrimp (not prawn) salad:
We even had flaming Japanese:
But I still don’t get grits. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t dare try them:
I was there for the BOD meeting:
One highlight was the Piedmont Division Meet. Their Division is nearly as large as my Region and their monthly meet on a Tuesday evening has over 100 people. They had 117 members attending this one. It started with a few minutes of business, then a bring and brag section, then a clinic. It was great to see so many people enjoying model railroading.
I do love Atlanta at night! Unfortunately it was a drive by!
The Varsity hot dogs, also a drive by.
Atlanta is home of Coca Cola (although I prefer Pepsi).
One highlight was the trip around the Delta facilities. The NMRA’s Secretary, John Stevens, is a Delta pilot and he kindly showed us around their facilities.
This is Delta’s thank you card to their staff, the world’s largest!
As we were peering through the window of the operations room, a supervisor came past and asked if we’d like to come in. He spent an hour kindly showing us around.
These are the training rooms, one for each type of aircraft
These are the simulators.
They rock back and forth like real aircraft and apparently feel like the real thing.
Here’s the inside .
The pilot has a HUD which you can just see here.
Here’s a Delta mini.
And all too soon, I was in a real plane, flying home.