Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society

Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society, Fort Bragg: Hours, Address, Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society Reviews: 4.5/5

Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society

Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society
4.5
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Wednesday
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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The Mendocino Coast Model Railroad and Historical Society (MCMR&HS) is based in Fort Bragg, CA. We are dedicated to preserving the history of the logging industry that built the towns along the Mendocino Coast. We educate children and adults about the loggers, mills, railroads, schooners and native people that were in this area during the “age of steam”. It’s sad but true that there has been no testament to the loggers and the railways that ran into the woods to feed the mills that existed at every river between Gualala and Westport in Mendocino County. Regrettably, the whistles of the mills and locomotives are all silent. MCMR&HS has created a "living history" of the Redwood Empire in the form of a large G-scale model railroad layout. Our layout depicts a logging railroad that might have existed around 1925 through 1940. It’s a living history of the Redwood Empire, the men who cut the giant trees and the railroads that brought the giant logs to the mill. We’ve also included the schooners that took the products to market from the dangerous doghole ports along the Mendocino Coast.
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1-2 hours
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artandroxanne
San Diego, CA382 contributions
May 2022
When we were there we had to good fortune to chat with Steven. He really knows his railroad history and all kinds of fun facts. We had a blast learning so much from him and seeing the extensive railroad. Kid friendly.
Written May 9, 2022
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jeffrey k
Needham, MA494 contributions
Sep 2021
Off the beaten path type of place. Local model railroaders have created a working historical summary for Ft Bragg with a focus on the railroads. To get to this facility, you walk west and around the Skunk Train station, cross the tracks and enter a rundown area of buildings. It is a small gem, and you don't need to be a kid to enjoy the trains.
Written October 2, 2021
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Sarah Stierch
Sonoma, CA1,123 contributions
Aug 2021
The Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society is an amazing work of volunteer craftsmanship located at the Skunk Train. Worth a visit!
Written September 7, 2021
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Valerie R
Oakhurst, CA44 contributions
Aug 2021
They have indoor and outdoor areas of track laid out showing models of local rail history. The docents were very informative.
Written August 8, 2021
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Jolly Goodfelllow
Sacramento, CA8 contributions
Jul 2021
What a train set! Free but donations are welcome. Someone has put a lot of time and effort into this train set. Lots of working trains and details.
Written August 3, 2021
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Max M
San Francisco, CA11 contributions
Jul 2021
We read that there was a $5 admission to the museum, but they charged us nothing, and the guides told us some interesting stories about the history of the railroad. The museum has many model trains travelling along some very lengthy tracks, with scenic background. It's well worth a visit.
Written July 12, 2021
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Robert H
Maryville, TN258 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
The model railroad museum is a must-see. In fact, it makes the high price of riding the Skunk Train all the more worthwhile. The volunteers were quite knowledgeable and gladly shared some history. Don’t miss the chance to attach your cell phone to the front of one of the trains and capture a 4 minute video of the model train museum ( and some cameos of yourself)! Great signs outside, too!
Written July 11, 2021
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AMC
San Anselmo, CA22 contributions
May 2021
We had some time before our rail bike ride so we wandered over to the Model RR area which is tucked behind the main Skunk Train Depot. What a delightful surprise! Friendly docent & extensive model RR scenes depicting historical logging operations in the area. A nice find.
Written May 8, 2021
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Padderic
Vero Beach, FL89 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
The exhibit is very detailed and tells the story of the redwood lumber business and the railroads. I never realized how much my wife enjoyed railroads before. Plus its a great place for children.
Written April 5, 2021
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Norma B
2 contributions
Dec 2020
Very well done & to get the phone camera to run with the train was great.
they knew their history & very helpful with any question.
Written December 29, 2020
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Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society is open:
  • Wed - Wed 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM