Atlanta 2016 – Atlantic Director on Tour

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.

Me!
Me!

As usual, the food was big!  My first breakfast was waffles:

Waffles,
Waffles,

Lunch was shrimp (not prawn) salad:

Large Food,
Large Food,

We even had flaming Japanese:

Flaming Japanese,
Flaming Japanese,

But I still don’t get grits.  I’m ashamed to say I didn’t dare try them:

And Grits
And Grits

I was there for the BOD meeting:

BOD
BOD
BOD
BOD
BOD
BOD

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.

Piedmont Division Meet
Piedmont Division Meet

I do love Atlanta at night!  Unfortunately it was a drive by!

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Atlanta at Night
Atlanta at Night
Atlanta at Night
Atlanta at Night

The Varsity hot dogs, also a drive by.

Atlanta at Night
Atlanta at Night
Atlanta at Night
Atlanta at Night

Atlanta is home of Coca Cola (although I prefer Pepsi).

Atlanta at Night
Atlanta at Night

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.

Delta Tour
Delta Tour
Delta Tour
Delta Tour

This is Delta’s thank you card to their staff, the world’s largest!

Delta Tour
Delta Tour

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.

Delta Operations Room
Delta Operations Room
Delta Operations Room
Delta Operations Room
Delta Operations Room
Delta Operations Room
Delta Operations Room
Delta Operations Room
Delta Operations Room
Delta Operations Room

These are the training rooms, one for each type of aircraft

Delta Training Room
Delta Training Room
Delta Training Room
Delta Training Room
Delta Training Room
Delta Training Room

These are the simulators.

Delta Simulators
Delta Simulators

They rock back and forth like real aircraft and apparently feel like the real thing.

Delta Simulators
Delta Simulators

Here’s the inside .

Delta Simulators
Delta Simulators

The pilot has a HUD which you can just see here.

Delta Simulators
Delta Simulators

Here’s a Delta mini.

Delta Tour
Delta Tour

And all too soon, I was in a real plane, flying home.

Flying back in to Birmingham
Flying back in to Birmingham
Flying back in to Birmingham
Flying back in to Birmingham
Flying back in to Birmingham
Flying back in to Birmingham
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