The local model railroad club has dedicated its annual Model Railroad Day tour to the memory of Doug Reese who died earlier this month.
Sponsored by the Crescent City Lions Club and the Del Norte Short Lines Model Railroad Club, Model Railroad Day will begin at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Saturday and will include six other local layouts. Local engineers with more than 30 years experience have created these diminutive railroads and will open their homes to show them off.
Reese was an active member of the Del Norte Short Lines Model Railroad Club, participating in Model Railroad Day and often bringing railroad magazines and other information to club meetings.
Reese was retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service and moved to Del Norte County from Hawaii to be closer to family.
Model Railroad Day is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 23. The event is free although donations are appreciated.
Tour locations include:
• The Del Norte County Fairgrounds, which will feature the Community Layout, a joint project of the Lions Club and the Model Railroad Club that is currently a work in progress. Modeled after Del Norte County in the present period, this layout includes a track climbing through Hiouchi and Gasquet to the edge of Cave Junction. This layout is located in the fairgrounds’ Home Arts Building.
• 711 J St., Crescent City: This layout consists of a small town primarily representing the lines of the Western Pacific Railroad.
• 1054 Lauff: This garage layout depicts an old North Coast redwood logging village with a small lumber mill and railroad yard that includes a variety of trains. The engineer’s artwork will also be on display.
• 230 Charm Lane: This is a new layout by a young engineer that features a farm and a logging mill.
• Crescent City Senior Estates #16: The Mill Creek Railroad fills the side yard and features a gauge one elevated track and two trains, one electric and one powered by live steam, complete with two engineers.
• 130 Turnbull Lane: The building to the right of the house is dedicated to trains and their history. The layout includes the Keddie area and the Feather River Canyon “Williams Loop” of the Western Pacific Railroad. The layout will also feature historic picture albums, posters, lanterns, insulators and other memorabilia fill the room.
• 150 Bachelor Road: This home features a variety of cars including 1776, Food, Beer and the Military on the walls. The engineer’s father and grandfather both worked for the New York Central Line, but this layout is local and in memory of the Hobbs Wall Railroad.
The Del Norte Short Lines Model Railroad Club meets 9 a.m. Saturdays at the Apple Peddler.
The Lions Club meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Apple Peddler. For more information, call 707-951-8090.