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.

Facemasks and Covid vaccines required

Chehalis Depot Almost Ready 1912.jpg

Lewis County Museum


Meeting Hours

Meet Every Friday Afternoon

 2:30pm until 7pm

Guests and Visitors Welcome


Monthly 2nd and 4th Friday

2:30pm until 7pm

Guests and Visitors Welcome

     Business Meeting

     Monthly 1st Friday 5PM


Covid 19 vaccinations required. Facemasks may be required .




cell; 360.269.0921

For  October 2022  trainshow info be sure to check out our events page.


Lewis County Historical Museum

599 NW Front St

Chehalis, WA 98532

phone: 360 748 0831

Hours 10AM - 4PM Summer 10AM-5PM  

Closed Sunday and Monday