ILWACO — Commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Company’s first run from Ilwaco to Long Beach on July 19, 1888, the first run celebration will be at the Long Beach Depot from noon to 5 p.m., on Friday July 19. There will be a special exhibition of the Clamshell Railroad driving tour, along with a program commencing at 1:30 p.m. by the Bayside Singers and the Shoalwater Storytellers. Cupcakes will be served at 1 p.m.

Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, join the fun and celebrate Clamshell Railroad Days 2013 at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco with expanded events and old favorites. The $5 fee includes a souvenir pin and museum entrance for two days, free for kids under age 12. On Saturday doors open at 10 a.m., with great model train layouts hosted by the Peninsula Model Railroad Club. Guests will include the Mount Rainer N-scale club, the Portland Cascade-Z scale club, and Dean and Donna Mead’s fantastic Lego train among others!

The exhibition “From the Water to the Woods” will serve as a base for the updated I.R.&N. Other events include a then-and-now slide presentation by Harry Bell (Ilwaco-Megler) at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday followed by the bus tour at 2 p.m., and (Ilwaco-Nahcotta) 11:30 a.m. on Sunday with the bus tour at 1 p.m. (Reservations are required for the bus tours). The Shoalwater Storytellers, starring Kitt Fleming and Dave Immel will present ‘Riding the Clamshell Railroad’ at 11 a.m., on Saturday and 2 p.m., on Sunday. On both days the railcar Nahcotta will be open for touring.

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

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