For visitors to Lincoln City, Antique Week never gets old.

“After 25 years, the event’s become well established and people really look forward to it,” said Explore Lincoln City Director Ed Dreistadt. “It’s become one of our signature events.”

So much so that hotels fill well in advance, and organizer Lori Arnold even had trouble finding lodging for some very important guests, members of the Beaverton Modular Railroad Club, who will be bringing pieces of railroad to complete an 18-foot-long display, viewable at Chinook’s Seafood Grill from Thursday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 16.

What makes these guests so important? Well, they are right on track with this year’s festival theme: trains.

“This year marks Oregon’s 160th birthday and trains made a big impact on the West,” Arnold said. “Oregon was definitely impacted by the railroads.”

Ned Loos of the BMRC says club members have different parts of model railroads and road shows like this are a way for them to get them together.

“Our club been around since the ’80s and members have put together lots of different types of modules,” he said. “A lot of young people enjoy Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, so you’ll see him on there. There are little scenes all along the three main lines that we’ll be running and we’ll be there to talk to the people about anything they want to know.”

A true enthusiast, Loos is quick to delve into train history that has to do with how the distance between the wheels on Roman carts eventually affected the width of train tracks upon which rocket parts once travelled.

“So theoretically,” he said. “The romans helped build our space program.”

It sounds much better coming from him, trust me.

As a matter of fact, it doesn’t seem to take much to get people to talk about how trains run through their own histories.

“My great grandpa used to ride around on them like a hobo,” Arnold said. “He would just hop on a box car and ride around, or even just to get to work.”

Then Dreistadt jumped on board the conversation, saying,

“Grandpappy McKibben used to ride the rails; then finally got a letter telling him he had been hired as a railroad engineer,” he said. “But it was the Depression so it never happened.”

The letter telling his grandfather about the engineering job is proudly on display in Dreistadt’s office.

A different part of the history of Oregon, and more specifically the Lincoln City area, will be told at a special presentation of Haunted Taft on Saturday, Feb. 9, where tales of haunted schooners, restaurants and fire trucks and other curious goings on will be interwoven with a walking tour of the Historic Taft area.

“We planned this to take place near Halloween every year, but it fits too perfectly with this event not to have a special edition,” Dreisdadt said. “Plus, our tickets sold out the first time we did it so this gives people that missed it another chance to have the experience.”

The tour takes approximately one and a half hours, covers about half a mile of walking on flat paved streets, and is wheelchair accessible. The halfway point will be at a covered fire pit, where participants will gather for a few stories around a cozy fire and enjoy some hot apple cider and sweets.

Classic parts of Antique Week include the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce Super Auction, held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Chinook’s Seafood Grill at the close of the modular train show; and the quilt and floats display at the North Lincoln County Historical museum.

Also on Saturday, Feb 16, Author André Hagestedt, who pens the “Ultimate Coast Travel” series, will give a talk and sign copies of his latest book at Driftwood Public Library.

“He’s quite a character and very entertaining,” Arnold said. “Plus, his new book is about Lincoln City so the timing is perfect.”

The Lincoln City Cultural Center will host their annual Sweethearts Dance, with tunes provided by Lincoln City Pops on Saturday, Feb 9, and the Antique Appraise-a-thon and Silent Auction, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, where a full panel of antiques experts will be on hand to answer the question, “Is this worth anything?”

Then, from Friday, Feb. 15, through Monday, Feb. 18, the center will be the place to find the Antique & Collectible Pop-up store.

“There will be vendors from Corvallis to Seattle,” Arnold said. “And Spiritopia will be bringing their handcrafted liqueurs, giving samples.”

And of course, no one should miss popping into the many antique stores citywide to take advantage of the special sales on offer.

Still have some pep in your step? Hit the beach, where the 300 antique Japanese glass floats will be hidden above the high tide line during the event and can be found by even those with an untrained eye.

For more information, including times and prices of events, go to lincolncityantiqueweek.com or call 541-996-1274. More information about the Beaverton Modular Railroad Club can be found at beavertonrailroad.com.

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