Press Release

San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum to host 2015 Central Coast Railroad Festival

Sixth Railroad Festival set for October 1st to 4th throughout San Luis Obispo County

Amtrak, Union Pacific and the Santa Maria Valley Railroad repeat as Major Sponsors

July 19, 2015


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The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum will be hosting the 2015 Central Coast Railroad Festival from October 1st to 4th. The Central Coast Railroad Festival is a broad based festival which spotlights numerous types of railroading in the heart of the California Central Coast. The Festival focuses on rail history, exhibits, programs, music, safety education, art displays, rail excursions, and model railroading of all types. Activities will take place at numerous railroad, historical and educational locations throughout San Luis Obispo County. The Railroad Festival is designed to please both casual train buffs and avid rail fans as well as delight tourists and locals of all ages. Most Festival activities 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.

Major 2015 Festival venues in San Luis Obispo are the SLO Railroad Museum, the SLO downtown Library, the History Center of SLO County and the famous Thursday Night Farmers' Market. Festival program partners around the county include Arts Obispo, numerous County Library branches, Cal Poly University, SLO City Parks Dept., Amtrak's Operation Lifesaver, the Oceano Depot and the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum. The staff from the Model Railroads of Southern California will again organize the large model train layout tour. Various rail excursions for children and adults are now being developed to offer rides on the Pacific Surfliner and the Coast Starlight.

The festival is proud to welcome back Amtrak, Union Pacific, and the Santa Maria Valley Railroad as the 2015 major festival sponsors. The City of San Luis Obispo and its Tourist Business Improvement District are the Festival's major promotional supporters. Additional sponsors, promotional partners and event volunteers are now being sought (contact CCRRF).

The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum was founded as a regional non-profit educational museum for the public benefit. The Museum's Grand Opening was the focal point of the 5th Annual Central Coast Railroad Festival in 2013. The Museum's mission is to preserve the railroad history of California and the Central Coast by collecting, restoring and displaying artifacts as well as operating historic railroad equipment. The Museum is fast becoming a community treasure and the organization continues to seek broad support, funding and new members to achieve its future goals. The Museum is presently open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month and, in addition to the Railroad Festival, also hosts other annual events such as San Luis Obispo Train Day in May and special holiday activities and displays in December.

Complete Museum history and upcoming event information is available on the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum?s web site: Central Coast Railroad Festival details, schedule and archives are available here:

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Curtis Reinhardt, Events Committee
San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum