ILWACO, Wash. — The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum celebrates Clamshell Railroad Days on Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16, with expanded events and old favorites, the museum announced.
The $5 admission fee includes a souvenir pin and museum entrance for two days. Kids under 12 are admitted free.
On Saturday, doors open at 10 a.m. with model train layouts hosted by the Peninsula Model Railroad Club. Guests will include the Mt. Rainer N-scale club, the Pacific Northwest On30 Club, the Portland Cascade Z-scale club and Dean and Donna Mead’s Lego train among others.
“Kids will love the Kid’s Craft Caboose with fun crafts and face painting,” the museum said in a release.
Join the museum for “Train Talks,” historic railroad lectures presented by local railroad historians.
Also on Saturday, Mark Clemmens presents “The Railroad that Ran by the Tides” at 2 p.m. Gary Kobes will share new research with his lecture “The Megler Extension of the IR&N: How Union Pacific came to the Columbia,” to be held 1 p.m. Sunday.
The rail car Nahcotta will be open for touring both days. Members of the Nahcotta Preservation Committee will be on site to talk about new findings and the ongoing preservation of the rail car.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Thursdays are free thanks to support from the Port of Ilwaco. For more information, call 360-642-3446 or visit columbiapacificheritagemuseum.org.