Paul Bunyan Days in Fort Bragg, CA. at the Mendocino Coast Railroad & Navigation Co Model Train

Paul Bunyan Days are over. They took place over Labor day weekend. Before the memory thereof fades into the mists I thought I would bring into the blog the article that appeared in the Paul Bunyan Days website that was written about our layout by Johanna Jensen. Johanna is an old friend. She started Cowlicks Ice Cream Parlor and wife Sarah and I ran an Ice Cream Concession for her for several years. Here’s what she wrote:

“f you can fit one more thing into your busy weekend, Paul Bunyan Days is the perfect time to discover a model railroad that brings the region’s logging history to life. After two and a half years of construction in the Carpenter’s Barn of the California Western Railroad’s Skunk Train, the model railroad display opened to the public. They’re open every day, 11 to 3 pm Friday through Sunday and Saturday 11 to 3. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids.

Skunk Depot

Skunk Depot

The Mendocino Coast Model Railroad and Historical Society have created a living history of the Redwood Empire in their large (G) scale model railway as a testament to the loggers and railways that fed the mills on rivers between Gualala and Westport in Mendocino County.

Walk around the large G-Scale railroad’s 6 scale miles of track; notice the lumber mill, logging camp, historic town, pier, bridges, trestles and more as they recreate a logging railroad that might have existed along the Mendocino Coast between 1925 and 1940. Steam was still king during this period with diesel power just entering the scene; this allows the ‘boys’ to run a unique collection of steam model locomotives on special occasions – such as Paul Bunyan Days weekend.

M80 waiting to depart

M80 waiting to depart

The model railroad is located near to the Skunk Train Depot in historic downtown Fort Bragg. Enter through the gate in the cyclone fence at the north end of the Skunk Train’s west parking lot; you’ll find the model railroad in the white building with large green doors.

Find out more about the model railroad display, the people who created it and the history of the region’s railroads on their website: www.mendorailhistory.org.

The article was mentioned by quite a few of the many people who visited the layout Labor Day Weekend. Thanks Johanna.