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Central Coast Railroad Festival Adds Vintage Excursions to Lineup of Major Stars and Museum Opening

For Immediate Release
October 1, 2013

Central Coast Railroad Festival Adds Vintage Excursions to Lineup of Major Stars and Railroad Museum Opening

Vintage Dome Car Excursions to Depart from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo

Annual Festival to feature David Holt and Robert Van Camp, October 10th to 13th in San Luis Obispo County, CA

The Fifth Annual Central Coast Railroad Festival, set for October 10-13, 2013, in the heart of the California Central Coast, will focus on special concert and film events, vintage rail excursions, the Grand Opening of the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum and model railroading of all types. Activities will take place at numerous railroad, historical and educational locations throughout San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties. The Central Coast Railroad Festival is designed to please both casual train buffs and avid rail fans as well as delight tourists and locals of all ages. Many Festival events will be free and all will be fun and very family friendly. Festival attendees will also be able to explore the area?s beaches, wineries, Missions, quaint downtowns and other special attractions.

For the first time during the CCRRF, major media personalities from the railroad world have been selected to make special appearances during the Festival. David Holt, a Grammy Award winning musician and media personality, and Robert C. Van Camp, the creator and producer of the Emmy-Award Winning Public Television series, "Great Scenic Railway Journeys" will present special programs and make personal appearances during three days of the Central Coast Railroad Festival. On October 11th and 12th the Festival will feature these stars in two concerts and film events in the historical Fremont Theatre and Masonic Lodge in downtown San Luis Obispo.

On October 10th, rail, music and film fans will be able to join David Holt and Robert Van Camp for a trip on the vintage Silver Splendor vista dome car which will be traveling on the scenic California Coastal Line between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. Excursion guests will have the option of making the entire trip up the coast with David and Robert or hoping on shorter round trips which start at LA's Union Station or the Santa Barbara Amtrak Station. The segment of the trip from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo will also feature well know bluegrass musician and historian Peter Feldmann and history docents from the South Coast Railroad Museum. Meals and gifts are also part of the packages. The return trip from San Luis Obispo will feature a tasting with popular Pomar Junction Wines and a gourmet dinner.

The long awaited Grand Opening for the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum will occur on Saturday, October 12th. This event will be a major focal point for the 2013 Festival and the celebration will include an Official Opening Ceremony along with new exhibits, running models, tours, music and programs for all ages. Another highlight will be a large model layout tour being organized by the Model Railroads of Southern California group.

Further information and details on the Central Coast Railroad Festival, including the full schedule of events, online tickets and a list of participating organizations can be found at Festival staffers can be reached at 805-773-4173.


Robert Van Camp & David Holt photo: jpg
Flyer for David & Robert's appearances: pdf
Silver Splendor Vista Dome Car: jpg
Press Release on SLO Railroad Museum Grand Opening: pdf
More photos available upon request.

For updated Festival information and schedule:
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Featured Participants:
David Holt
Robert Van Camp - Great Scenic Railway Journeys
San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum

Union Pacific Railroad
Santa Maria Valley Railroad

Curtis Reinhardt, Director
Central Coast Railroad Festival