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Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society

Open Seven Days a Week! 10 AM to 2 PM

Admission is free for those with a Skunk Train Ticket. For others, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children (2 yrs. through 12 yrs.). Click here to become an annual regular or supporting member and come join the fun! Just $35 regular or $25 supporting.

Come Visit us soon!!! See our location map below!

Watch our YouTube video (below) showing highlights of our exhibits!

Walk around a large G-Scale model railroad layout.
More than 2,400 feet of track = Equivalent to nearly 12 miles!
View a Mill, Logging Camp, Towns, Piers, Bridges, Trestles and so much more.
Hours: Our hours vary depending on the schedule of the Skunk Train. See the calendar below for our current schedule.

Wearing masks and social distancing are required to protect the health of everyone per the recommendations of the CDC. Your cooperation for protecting everyone’s helth is greatly appreciated.

Days and Hours of Operation

Location: We are easy to find and located behind the Skunk Train Depot. The best way to access the layout is to drive to the end of West Redwood Street and park in the parking lot to the right. Walk north through the double gates and you will see us.
Who would enjoy our displays? Everyone! We have attractions for children to seniors. Come and have fun.

The history of the Mendocino coast and railroads go hand in hand.

More Information: The Mendocino Coast Model Railroad and Historical Society has created a living history of the Redwood Empire’s loggers and railroads in Fort Bragg and beyond.
Our larger G Scale (G for Garden) model railroad layouts and dioramas illustrate the history of the Redwood Coast. Take your time to meander through our indoor and outdoor displays. You will learn how the fearless and industrious men and women of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries lived and thrived on the Mendocino Coast.
Illustrating modes of transportation on land and sea from Gualala to Westport, our members have meticulously modeled the bustling activity of the industries along our coast between 1850’s and 1940’s.

To complement our Fort Bragg location, we created this informational website. It is a comprehensive compilation of all things of the Mendocino County coastal region. You can enjoy the extensive research on shipwrecks to the myriad of immigrants who shaped the region with their specialized crafts and unique customs.

Please peruse our site and experience the varied history of our coast. It is a wonderful resource to learn about all aspects of the land where towns still exist or are long gone.
Membership Information: Our membership is very diverse from young children to older folks who enjoy history and model railroading. We would love to have you join our group.

Your membership dollars help support our missions.

Click here to find out how to join our group or to support our museum and website.
History: Pictures, videos, maps, and a myriad of historical detail of the Mendocino Coast and the Giant Redwoods, logging towns and more. We have used this information as the basis for our museum and model displays.

Mission: To illustrate the history of railroads, shipping, logging methods and the products from the lumber mills along the Redwood Coast. We accomplish this by maintaining a running model railroad museum and informational website featuring individual stories, facts and descriptions of transportation and logging techniques used by the immigrants to the Mendocino Coast and beyond.

Layouts:   A layout, in model railroad jargon, is a diorama containing scale track for operating model trains. The scale of the track here is G for Garden. This larger size model train is “three-eighths scale” meaning 3/8 of an inch on the model represents one foot on the real thing. Our layout features all types of transportation modes available on the Mendocino Coast from the mid nineteenth to the mid twentieth centuries.
Places to Go: Enjoy a list of the wonderful places to visit while in Fort Bragg and beyond.
Visits: We have a compiled a partial list of member recommended museums and opportunities to see real trains.

Special thanks to our founders from across the pond: Tony Phillips and Rodger Thornburn. If not for the vision and hard work by these two railroad and history loving Brits…we wouldn’t be here today. Their love for the Mendocino Coast will forever be experienced by visitors and locals alike. Thank you Tony and Rodger.

Contact

Address

Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society, Inc. (MCMR&HS)
P.O. Box 2135, Fort Bragg, CA. 95437

Meetings

The club formally meets monthly once a month on the second Saturday of the month. Weekly informal breakfasts are held in the Laurel Deli Restaurant opposite the Skunk Train Depot.

Breakfast starts around 8 am and it is over breakfast that much of the club’s operating decisions are discussed. Non-members and visitors welcome.

Get in touch

    Email us at  info.1@mendorailhistory.org

    Note: Any personal information you provide will not be passed to any other organization and will be used solely to send you information regarding MCMR&HS information

    Covid19 Information

    Most of the volunteers are over the age of 65 and in a higher risk category for contracting Covid19. Each volunteer is invested and motivated to stay healthy and safe as possible for themselves and our guests. We ask all our visitors to honor the work and dedication of our volunteers by observing and adhering to the Covid19 guidelines and requirements issued by the CDC, State of California, and Mendocino County.

    When visiting our museum and active displays, we require the following of all our guests:
    • You must wear a mask at all times
    • If you don’t have a mask, ask for one.  We have plenty.
    • Show you care, wear a mask
    • You must practice social distancing
    • You must conform to our volunteer’s instructions and directions
    • Use hand sanitizer provided in our upright stations
    • Understand that if someone is not willing to comply with these safety guidelines, we will be forced to ask all visitors to leave and close the layout for the remainder of the day.