Clamshell Railroad Days at the Ilwaco Heritage Museum, July 17 & 18

ILWACO - The Ilwaco Heritage Museum, in cooperation with the Peninsula Model Railroad Club, is sponsoring Clamshell Railroad Days, July 17 and July 18, featuring railroad displays, layouts and events at the museum.

Railroading again comes alive as the Ilwaco Heritage Museum celebrates three great railroad displays of its own. The first is a recently restored 1/24-scale working railroad layout, begun in the 1920s by Arthur Shumway, now running on the museum mezzanine. The second is a Pullman "Palace" car from the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Company narrow-gauge line that served the Long Beach Peninsula from 1889 until 1930. The old railcar was a bequest from the late Henry Welzel of Puyallup. The third is a 50-foot-long N-scale diorama of the IR&N railroad in the old Ilwaco freight depot, now nestled in the museum courtyard.

The Peninsula Model Club also will have three of its own layouts running, in N, H-O, and G scales. In addition, an "O" Scale (Lionel) layout will be available for young people (and the young at heart) to run. Several scale models of logging trains and railroad scenes also will be on display. Visiting clubs are adding to the running layouts. The largest will be the Warrenton Model Railroad Club, which will have a display almost 30 feet long. The L.K.&R. club from Longview also will be running a layout.

Local merchants have donated a variety of raffle prizes for the occasion. Drawings will be held throughout the show. The grand prize is two round-trip tickets on the Lewis and Clark Explorer Train from Portland to Astoria (or vice-versa). In addition, Eric Wiegardt has painted Union Pacific No. 1 steaming through Long Beach circa 1925.

Signed, limited edition prints will be available at the Ilwaco Heritage Museum and Wiegardt Studio Gallery in Ocean Park following July 17. Branches of The Bank of the Pacific are handling advance sales.

Saturday, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., a guided tour of the route of IR&N and structures surviving from its heyday will be offered. Ticket price is $10. Reservations and advance payment are required; check in time is 1 p.m.

In addition, a free shuttle to and from the museum and Ilwaco Harbour Village and the Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco will be available.

Admission to the museum and railroad show is $3, with discounts to seniors, children, and railroad club members. The museum is located at 115 SE Lake Street, one block south and a half-block east of stoplight on US 101, and across the street from the post office. Hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Call 642-3446 for further information or for directions.

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