Pacific Model Loggers’ Congress

March 4, 2023

Camp 18 Restaurant and Logging Museum, Elsie, Oregon

The 2022 PMLC is in the books and the rear-view mirror and we’re already planning the 2023 event that will include some changes. As soon as we have the plans formalized we’ll let you all know what’s up and what the changes mean. They won’t affect the overall event or the terrific clinics we have but the change(s) will definitely be something to be aware of so we’ll let you know as much in advance as possible. Stay tuned to these pages, and check our News feed now and then. Thank you!


Contest class changes – modelers please note!

The Pacific Model Loggers’ Congress is a one-day model railroad and prototype history event based on the logging industry. The event includes technical and historic clinics, vintage films, a dealer sales area and a model contest with classes for all kinds of railroad and other types of logging-theme models. Attendees include model railroad enthusiasts, photographers, historians and others interested in this branch of the model railroad hobby. You’ll also enjoy some great camaraderie and conversations with like-minded individuals.

Our doors open at 9am and we generally wrap up by about 5 pm. Admission for the event is $15.00 for the day.

February 28 update:


Although the rules, restrictions and concerns surrounding Covid and group-related activities seem to be easing and perhaps moving towards a conclusion, our Camp 18 Pacific Model Loggers’ Congress event April 2nd may still be under some outside control.

We are guests at the Camp 18 facility and as such we need to observe any federal, state and county guidelines they have established for use of their rental space. For example, if the mask mandate is over, they may still require proof of vaccination. This is strictly speculation on my part but the event is just over a month away and matters can change for the better, or worse, between now and then.

The bottom line here is, please don’t shoot the messenger. We’re doing the best we can to host a fun, interesting and stress-free event for our participants. We hope everyone enjoys the event and that it’s safe for everyone. More information to come as it makes itself known.

Thank you!

Jeff Johnston

You can’t miss the Camp 18 sign enroute to the coast headed West from Portland

Camp 18 Restaurant and Logging Museum

The restaurant offers great food and drink with hearty meals from breakfast to dinner. Located at 42362 Highway 26, Elsie, Oregon 97138. Breakfast starts around 8am, just in time for our attendees.


Note: The schedule shown here was for the 2022 event. The general times and overall schedule will be the same for 2023, but the clinic presentations will change for the next event. Watch this space for updates as they occur.

9:00AM Open the Doors, begin model contest check-in, begin display model setup
9:30AM Welcome remarks
10:00AM Clinic #1, Merv Johnson – “The Storied Years of Logging”
11:00AM Clinic #2, Jeff Johnston – “Dave Clune’s On3 Cascade County Narrow Gauge layout” feature.
12:00PM Lunch Break
1:30PM Clinic #3, Jeff Johnston – “Silicone Molds and Urethane Casting for model railroads.”
2:30PM Clinic #4, Quinn Murk, 16mm vintage video, “Cat logging and construction.” 3:00PM Clinic #5, Gary Brooks, “Scaling Photos for Model Structure Dimensions”
5:00PM Awards and Closing Ceremony


For more information, contact: Jeff Johnston,

This new PMLC website or blog is brand new and, obviously, a work in progress. Check back now and then for updates on the event.

R.I.P. Lon Wall
It’s with deep sadness that we inform our Pacific Model Loggers’ Congress family and friends that our co-host Lon Wall passed away on Tuesday May 18 2021. His failing health did him no favors and his heart finally got the worst of him. Without Lon there would never have been a PMLC. He was the person who brought it all together with his historical interest, modeling skills, friendship to all and a sense of humor that couldn’t be beat.

Even without the spiritual core, heart and soul of the event, we still have our next PMLC 2023 planned for Saturday March 4th, 2023. It won’t be the same without Lon but after missing two in-person years, I think we need to get back in the swing of the event and shoulder ahead. We hope to see you there.

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42362 Highway 26, Elsie, Oregon 97138

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