Welcome to the

Lewis County

Model Railroad Club

About Us

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.

Chehalis Depot Almost Ready 1912.jpg

Lewis County Museum

 

Meeting Hours

Every Thursday Afternoon

    2 PM until around 7PM or later

Operations

     Monthly 1st and 3rd Thursday

Business Meeting

     Monthly 1st Thursday 6PM

Guests and Visiters Welcome

Info

Email:

TedsTrains@lewiscounty.com

cell; 360.269.0921

For  October 2021 trainshow info be sure to check out our events page.

Location

Lewis County Historical Museum

599 NW Front St

Chehalis, WA 98532

phone: 360 748 0831

Hours 10AM - 4PM

Closed Sunday and Monday

lewiscountymuseum.org