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Talk trains during Clamshell Railroad Days

On July 14-15, Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum highlights railroad history

Published on July 10, 2018 11:09AM

Dr. Gary Brooks

Courtesy Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

Dr. Gary Brooks


ILWACO — Join the fun as we celebrate Clamshell Railroad Days on Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum with expanded events and old favorites.

The $5 admission fee includes a souvenir pin and museum entrance for two days. Kids under 12 get in free.

During “Train Talks,” local experts will discuss the history of the railroad.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Dr. Gary Brooks will present “Railroad Logging Around Willapa Bay.” Brooks has been building miniatures for 20 years and is perhaps best known for his 34-foot by 8.5-foot model of the World War I Spruce Production Division mill, on view at Fort Vancouver.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, historian Bruce Weilepp narrates the “Return of the Railcar Nahcotta.” For almost 40 years, the Nahcotta was parked outside of Puyallup, Wash., at the home of rail car collector Henry Welzel, who left the car to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum when he died. Its journey back to Ilwaco 15 years ago was documented with photographs and video.

At 2 p.m., celebrate the 15th anniversary of the car’s return with cake in the courtyard.

The railcar Nahcotta will be open for tours on both days. Members of the Nahcotta Preservation Committee will be on site to talk about new findings and the ongoing preservation of the Nahcotta railcar.

For more information, call 360-642-3446 or visit columbiapacificheritagemuseum.org.



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