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Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society

100 W Laurel St, Behind the Skunk Train Building, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-3410
+1 707-964-6371
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The Little Skunk Train is in business but can only take you for short ride intonredwoods but it is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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How you feel about this attraction is determined by how much you like trains. I like trains so this... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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100 W Laurel St, Behind the Skunk Train Building, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-3410
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Little Skunk Train is in business but can only take you for short ride intonredwoods but it is such a lovely trip. Enjoy the open air car looking up into the redwood trees let’s one know how very tall they grow. Great for everyone...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

How you feel about this attraction is determined by how much you like trains. I like trains so this place is cool to me but it may not be for you

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

While the Skunk Train has an illustrious past, today it's a shadow of it's former self. It's no longer going to Willits for a day trip, and the tunnel collapse has made it a shorter and less diverse ride. You do get to see a...More

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MendoRail, Webmaster at Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2018

I was sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the Skunk Train. However, you wrote your review on the Model Railroad page, a separate entity. If you could move this to the Skunk Train page, it would be appreciated. If you did visit our...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

We missed the skunk train but were happy to find this hidden (literally) gem behind the skunk train's station (across the tracks). It is manned by the guys that built this amazing display of local landmarks and history and includes several running G-scale trains. Pick...More

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

A "G" gauge display depicting the logging industry at its heyday. The scenery was well done and attention to detail was terrific. Admission was free with a ticket on the Skunk Train, otherwise, it would have been a $5.00 fee. Well worth the fee.

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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Like others we visited after our skunk train ride. The train ride was ho hum. A half hour along the track and then return the same way. Quite overrated. But the model railroad was awesome. This little gem is amazing. Fascinating. Such attention to detail....More

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Reviewed 6 August 2017

A must see when taking the Skunk Train. Might actually be more interesting than some of the routes the Skunk Train does.

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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

This model railroad display is absolutely amazing! There are several areas with the history of the area well written up and well displayed with the trains and all of the buildings, greenery, and little people bringing the stories to life! Admission is free with your...More

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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Not sure I would recommend this as an activity unto itself, but if you ride the Skunk Train and your admission is included, as it was for us, I think it is worth the short walk over from the depot. If you are into the...More

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Reviewed 27 July 2017

We viewed this after our ride on the skunk train and we were definitely not disappointed! You can tell all the care and work that has gone into this display, which features a miniature Fort Bragg and all the points of interest around the area....More

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MendoRail, Webmaster at Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

Thanks for your comments. As you noted, the model railroad does appeal to all ages. The children are fascinated by the trains, sometimes up to 9 or more trains running at once. Adults are provided with a real insight and and facts about the history...More

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