Model Railroad at Piedmont Lake

Railroad at Piedmont

Piedmont Lake, Georgia Model Trains

By Ron Rollins Historic contributor Columbus Georgia Online

railroad-1PIEDMONT LAKE, GA. –There is a special event that occurs twice a year in the Whitesville area, free and open to one and all. It makes a small child stand in awe and wonder at this miniature railroad operation while adults relive memories of their youth and are amazed at the detail and beauty.

Just off  I-185 Exit 30, north of the Pine Mountain ridge on Hopewell Church Road, the beautiful subdivision of Piedmont Lake is located. A private gated neighborhood on a 200+ acre lake with about 200 homes.

railroad-2In the spring (May) and in the fall (October), Norm Marwitz and friends present a large display in the gardens of Norm and Jan’s home on Lake Piedmont. The display is of model Trains with large fully detailed towns and country laid out in the beauty of 3+ acre of gardens on lake front lots of Piedmont Lake. The gardens were in bloom as the many trains rode trough the raised beds and around the lush walkways. Volunteers from Piedmont were there to serve you, free of charge, hot dogs, and the fixings. Also, to guide you trough the walk paths of trains, and to point out the way to the dock where the Volunteer Fire Dept. loaded, all who wanted a free tour, rides on the 6 neighborhood pontoon boats to take you around the shoreline to view the houses on Lake Piedmont. (Donations for the Fire Department were accepted if you wished.) The two-day event drew over 1000 visitors from all around. A lot of new friends were made watching the trains, eating hotdogs, and going for a long boat ride on a wonderful spring day.

railroad-3Sandra Doolittle and I plan on going back next time. Put this on your calendar! The Fall date for this event will occur again on October 15 & 16 2005 At Lake Piedmont. The gates will be open, drive till you see the antique cars and fire truck; a shuttle will get you to and from if you can’t park close.

Norman and friends put on quite an event, for free, just look for the crowd. A wonderful Day!

Thanks Ron For more information * Norman Marwitz 706-663-8304


“Railroad at Piedmont”,  By Ron Rollins Historic contributor Columbus Georgia Online

About Ron Rollins 22 Articles
Ron Rollins is the retired Fire Chief of the Whitesville, Ga Volunteer Fire Dept. Ron loves a good story and he can remember them too. The history of Harris County and surrounding areas is tucked away in the memories of our fathers and mothers and their fathers and mothers. You can find our history in old newspaper articles and some in books. Ron thinks we need to keep passing these stories down so he's doing his part. But for Ron and people like him our root folk history would be lost.

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