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Humboldt Bay & Eureka Model Railroad Club


Humboldt Bay & Eureka Model Railroad Club

The Humboldt Bay & Eureka Model Railroad Club has existed in the same location in Eureka for ~ 40 years.  The large HO layout is freelanced but with many scenes based on NWP locations.

The club typically meets each Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.  Visitors are welcome.  Open house occurs during Veterans' Day and Rhododendron Days weekends.

Location: 7th & A Streets, Eureka, CA
Members: 17
Latest Activity: Mar 28, 2016

Fall Open House

Please note that the HBE Model Railroad Club Veterans' Day open house the weekend of November 7-8.  The clubhouse will be open from 12-5 each day.  Adult admission is $3.  Children under 10 are free.

This would be an excellent chance to see the most recent winners of model contests at the SPH&TS convention last month.  Greg Hodges (Freshwater) won the steam locomotive category for the 6th year in a row.  He made a wonderfully detailed MT2 in HO scale.  Tom Bethune (Arcata) won the color photograph contest with his view of the Bakersfield roundhouse at dawn in the 1970s.   And Wes Fulton (Blue Lake) won the caboose and freight car contests and came in third in the passenger car category.  His caboose featured a complete interior and removable roof.  The freight cars were flats with PMT trailers.  The passenger car was an SP dome with complete interior including interior wall murals.  

Come and see these and many other excellent models at this open house.  

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Comment by Sean Mitchell on November 9, 2012 at 8:11am

I'm doing a tour of the Samoa shops for my fellow history students/ teacher saturday, but I might head down to the open house after. 

Comment by Devin on November 9, 2012 at 7:20am

Do you guys have any plans on switching over to DCC?

Last open house you guys were doing some work on the layout...Any changes since the last open house?

Comment by Ron Fritzsche on November 8, 2012 at 4:37pm

Yes there are usually several members of the club offering items for sale.  

Also it will be a perfect time to see some of the Southern Pacific steam locomotives built by club member Greg Hodges.  I think he has won the best steam engine category at the SPH&TS convention for 3 of the last 4 years.

Comment by Chad Glover on November 8, 2012 at 2:25pm

Amazing how much different Eureka is now with little lumber or fishing now.  My mom used to talk about taking the train from Tiburon to Ferndale when she was little and lived in San Fransisco.  Both my parents passed away in the last 2 years and recently went through old photo pictures from the trips :(  I thought for sure there might have been some.  She would say how much fun it was to ride the rails but at times would be a 2 day trip.

Comment by Mark Drury on November 8, 2012 at 1:06pm

Not sure if people in this group have seen or are aware of the amazing collection of historical images which are available via the Humboldt State University Library system, but a small percentage of that collection has been made available online, and I downloaded a goodly sample and it to this network.  Here are links to a few of the albums which contain the images -- be certain to look at each image in full size," as the detail and resolution is often astounding:

And from the Humboldt County Library:


Mark D.

Comment by Devin on November 8, 2012 at 12:39pm

I hope to make it as well. Will anyone be selling anything?

Comment by Ric Schlexer on November 8, 2012 at 12:25pm

Looking forward to it!

Comment by Linda Nesbitt on November 7, 2012 at 11:49pm

Thanks so much for the Open House update, Ron! Hope to make it this weekend.

Comment by Ron Fritzsche on November 6, 2012 at 9:32am

The Humboldt Bay & Eureka Model Railroad Club Fall open house is this Saturday and Sunday, November 10 & 11.  The club is open from 12 - 5 pm each day.  Hope to see you there.


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