Railroad's last run

The Peninsula’s Clamshell Railroad made its last run on Sept. 9, 1930, falling victim to the switch to automobiles and a corporate decision by owner Union Pacific.

ILWACO — Celebrate Clamshell Railroad Days on July 13 and July 14 at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum on Lake Street in Ilwaco, with expanded events and old favorites.

The $5 admission fee includes a souvenir pin and Museum entrance for two days, kids under 12 are free. On Saturday doors open at 10 a.m. with model train layouts hosted by the Peninsula Model Railroad Club. Guests will include the Mount Rainer N-scale club, the Pacific Northwest On30 Club and Dean and Donna Mead’s fantastic Lego train among others. Kids will love the Kid’s Craft Caboose with fun crafts.

Saturday, July 13 will include the Operation Lifesaver Locomotive simulator — your opportunity to feel what it is like to drive the train. Susan Carney, Ilwaco Timberland Librarian, will read train stories for kids.

Then on Sunday, July 14 at 1:30 p.m., there will be an illustrated presentation that steps back in time: horse drawn transportation in the 19th century with Jerry Bowman, curator of the Northwest Carriage Museum. Bowman will pay special attention to the transition from carriage to rail in his talk.

The railcar Nahcotta will be open for touring both days. Members of the Nahcotta Preservation Committee will be onsite to talk about new findings and the preservation of the railcar.

The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays are free thanks to support from the Port of Ilwaco. For more information please call 360-642-3446 or visit columbiapacificheritagemuseum.org.

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