ILWACO — On Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, join the fun of Clamshell Railroad Days 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 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 Mt. Rainer N-scale club, the Pacific Northwest On30 Club, the Portland Cascade Z-scale club and Dean and Donna Mead’s fantastic Lego train among others. Kids will love the Kid’s Craft Caboose with fun crafts and face painting! Enjoy ‘Train Talks,’ historic railroad lectures presented by local railroad historians.

Mark Clemmens will present, “The Railroad that Ran by the Tides” on Saturday, July 15 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” on Sunday, July 16 at 1 p,m.

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 ongoing 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

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