The Lewis County Model Railroad Club was formed around 1978. It has had numerous locations and model railroad layouts over the years. The current location for the club and its layout is in the former Chehalis Washington Northern Pacific Depot. This depot no longer serves passengers but the BNSF/UP mainline still runs along the west wall providing a nice sound system for the model railroad.
The depot is home to the Lewis County Historical Museum. http://www.lewiscountymuseum.org/ Inside the museum, a 52’ x 15’ area is devoted to an HO scale model railroad depicting activities and industries in and around Lewis County. The goal is to provide a high quality exhibit that is enjoyable to view and to operate.
The layout is not a static display but is always being changed, added to, and improved. In the recent past, the original area depicting the towns of Centralia and Chehalis was completely rebuilt from the benchwork on up. Currently, new structures representing the Callisons mint plant are in the works and a redesign of the logging area is being considered.
To support the maintenance and continued improvements, the club conducts a Spring (April) and a Fall (October) train show and swap meet. In addition, these events also provide funds to support the Lewis County Historical Museum.
The club meets every Friday from 3 pm to 7 pm. The first Friday of the month is the business meeting. The first and third Friday of the month are operating sessions. Visitors are welcome to come and view the trains being operated. Visitors are allowed to operate the trains by invitation of one of the club members.
Welcome to the
Model Railroad Club
2 pm - 7pm
Lewis County Historical Museum
599 NW Front St
Chehalis, WA 98532