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Photo by Rich Hansen. His railroad photography, along with Brian Lawler's, was on dislpay at the SLO Library throughout the 2015 Festival.

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April 8, 2016

Central Coast Railroad Festival
October 7-9, 2016


The details for this year's Festival are being pulled into place. If you'd like your organization to participate this year, please Contact the Festival as soon as possible.

The Central Coast Railroad Festival is hosted by the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum.

As has become a tradition, the 2016 Central Coast Railroad Festival will feature a free, self-guided tour of model railroads and garden railroads organized by Model Railroads of Southern California (website). The tours will take place Thursday through Sunday (Oct. 6-9) in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties. During the 2015 Festival there were twenty-nine model railroads and garden railroads open at twenty venues for the public to enjoy. A similar number of railroads will be available during this year's Festival.

SLO Train Day
May 7, 2016

The SLO Railroad Museum will celebrate the rich history of trains and tracks on the Central Coast. Amtrak Train Days loosely organizes these celebrations nationwide, generally between May and November of each year. The San Luis Obispo Train Day event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SLO Railroad Museum and features food, wine tasting by Pomar Junction Winery, a railroad swap meet, children's activities, railroad photography, art, and the Museum's world-class model railroad making significant progress. The event will feature speakers on local rail history and current operations by the Santa Maria Valley Railroad, Amtrak and more. The event is free on May 7; admission for inside the museum is $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 4 and older, free for Museum members.

Pomar Junction Wine Rail Excursion
May 6, 2016

There's a Wine Rail Excursion set for the day before SLO Train Day! On Friday, May 6, 2016, riders will take the mid-afternoon Amtrak Coast Starlight over the Cuesta Grade, head to Pomar Junction Winery for one of their infamous Train Wreck Fridays, and then head back to the SLO station by bus. Details. Contact the Museum at (805) 548-1894 or email for Wine Rail Excursion tickets. Tickets are limited.

What's Up at the SLO Railroad Museum

The SLO Railroad Museum is open EVERY Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Museum website.

Pacific Coast Railway (PCRy) Field Trip
May 21, 2016

Kevin O'Roark of the Friends of the SMVRR will lead this exploration of the less-celebrated portion of the PCRy right of way from the Santa Maria River crossing south to Los Alamos. The old right of way is clearly visible in many areas with a few other unexpected treats along the way! We'll meet at 10am at the Santa Maria River Levee Trail access, at the end of Preisker Lane. From the North or South on 101 take the Broadway exit and turn right on Preisker lane, it's the first traffic signal. Follow Preisker Lane to the end, there's a small parking lot on the right where we'll leave our cars and car pool from there. We'll stop for lunch (BYOMoney) at the Historic 1880 Union Hotel Saloon in Los Alamos and visit the only remaining Depot of the Pacific Coast Railway. We should be back at the parking lot at 2:30pm. Friends Membership and RSVP required; limited seats, Contact Friends. Photos from a previous trip.

2nd Annual Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad Fundraising Dinner
June 18, 2016

Saturday June 18, 2016 at 6:00pm in the Fountain Pavillion at the Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 S. Thornburg Street, Santa Maria. Cost is $65 per person, $520 for a reserved table of 8. Tri-tip, chicken, and rib dinner, silent auction, look back on the history of Friends presentations. Details coming - watch the website.

Year-Round Calendar

A Central Coast Railroading Calendar offers up-to-date listings for all rail events in our area: Do you have a Central Coast railroad event to add to our calendar or announcements? Email it to: