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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 7, 2017

Central Coast Railroad Festival
October 13-15, 2017


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 2017 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. 12-15) in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties. During the 2016 Festival there were about 18 model railroads and garden railroads open at venues for the public to enjoy. A similar number of railroads will be available during this year's Festival. See layout photos from last year.

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SLO Train Day
May 13, 2017

The SLO Railroad Museum will celebrate the rich history of trains and tracks on the Central Coast. 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, 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. The event is free on May 13; admission for inside the museum is $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 4 and older, free for Museum members. Details. See photos from last year.

Pomar Junction Wine Rail Excursion
May 5, 2017

On Friday, May 5, 2017, 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.

Amtrak Begins new Business Class service on their Coast Starlight

Experience the Coast Starlight in a whole new way. In Business class, enjoy exclusive amenities: seats in a dedicated car, complimentary AmtrakConnect Wi-Fi® and a voucher for purchases in the Dining car or Sightseer Lounge car café. And to make your trip even more rewarding, Amtrak Guest Rewards® members earn a 25% qualifying point bonus for Business Class travel. More info...

What's Up at the SLO Railroad Museum

The SLO Railroad Museum is open EVERY Saturday from 10am to 4pm. And there are lots of other activities and programs on the SLORRM Events page.

3rd Annual Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad Fundraising Dinner
May 20, 2017

Friends Dinner Gala at Santa Maria Fairpark. This year we will be honoring George Lavacot and his restoration of SMV Steam Engine 205, which was on display at the Fairpark for many years. Proceeds will be for acquiring an SP sugar beet car, the lifeblood car for the Santa Maria Valley Railroad for many years. Membership not required. Starts at 5:30pm. Details at the website.

California Train Rides

California train rides range from a dinner train through Wine Country to a tour through the Sequoia trees outside Yosemite. All of the trains listed at California Train Rides are vintage machines. Some have been in movies and others hauled lumber or gold ore during the Gold Rush of 1849.

Year-Round Railroading on the Central Coast

Broadly defined as "in the area," here is an index to all manner of railroading opportunities.

Walking Tour of San Luis Obispo's Historic Railroad District

The History Center of SLO County has made available a series of iTunes podcasts that provides a self-guided way to get around the SLO's Historic Railroad District. Go here.

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: