[CGMRC Herald] my Columbia Gorge Model
Railroad Club
Portland OR.

The Club has an official website at http://www.cgmrc.com/.

Welcome to my Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club World Wide Web Page. The club is located in Portland OR and has a large HO layout representing portions of the Columbia Gorge.


Organized in October 1947, the club's first layout was located in the basement of a store building (now the site of an assisted care facility) within sight of our present location. That layout was short-lived, as the club lost its lease and was forced to find new quarters. The members pledged this would not happen again and set about finding a location to purchase. A vacant lot on North Montana Avenue was purchased and the members constructed a 30 foot by 80 foot building with their own sweat and skill. The building was completed in 1948 and was to be our home for 34 years. In 1982 the building and property were sold to the Kaiser Foundation.

Current Layout

We contracted the construction of our present building and proudly took possession on January 1, 1983. Then began the long process of getting the building ready for the new layout; designing it, and, finally, starting construction. The layout is located in a 58 foot by 70 foot room (nearly 2 1/2 times larger than our old layout room) and is designed to represent the rail lines between Portland and Wishram, Washington plus the rail line up the Deschutes River to Bend, Oregon. Points of interest that have been specifically modeled on this new layout includes Portland's Union Station and the Steele Bridge, Multnomah Falls, Crown Point, Portland's Trolley Lines, The Deschutes River Canyon, Wishram's Railroad Yard, and many interesting points between. The track plan (25k GIF) represents mainline railroading in the Columbia Gorge and consists of three separate divisions:

We have made a great deal of progress since taking over our current building, with its layout room empty to the bare walls. We have been involved with heavy and detailed construction of this new layout for over ten years before reaching the stage where most of our effort is applied to finer detailing, maintenance and modification. However, a model railroad is never really complete and we will always be improving or changing some part of the layout. The club is a nonprofit Oregon corporation which exists for the enjoyment of its members and the education and entertainment of the public through our annual show and other functions.

Photo Gallery

Here is a brief photographic tour of the Columbia Gorge Lines.

Work Sessions

The club meets weekly on Tuesday night for work sessions from 7pm to 10pm.

Operating Sessions

Operating sessions are held the first Tuesday of the month from 7pm to 10pm.


The club layout is open to the public in November of each year. Show dates vary from year to year but are generally the last four weekends in November

THANK YOU FOR COMING! We hope you enjoyed our little corner of the web and come back again to see the progress as we construct our railroad empire. If you are in the Portland area please come by and see us on any work or operating night.

Contacting us

The Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club can be reached at:

Please see the Club's official website at http://www.cgmrc.com/.