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January 10, 2018

What a Great 8th Annual Festival!

Next Festival - Mark Your Calendars
October 5-7, 2018

If you'd like to participate in any way, please Contact us.

2017 Highlights

A record number of people enjoyed events, displays, presentations, layouts, etc. from Lompoc to Paso Robles during the weekend of the Central Coast Railroad Festival.

How about another rousing ovation for Bob Chaparro of the Model Railroads of Southern California for the fantastic model layout tour! Twenty-plus locations were on the program, and hundreds of enthusiasts got to see some fabulous railroads.

Many thanks to the SLO County Library system that provided railroad storytime reading at all their locations leading up to the Festival. They also made available the community room at the downtown SLO branch for the Orange County N-Gineers layout display and display of all the children's artwork created during the Library Reading Times. Thanks also to the SLO History Center for displaying some of the Starlight coloring pages from the Library event.

Hopefully you made it to the Oceano Depot to not only see that original Southern Pacific depot but also see the San Luis Obispo Model Railroad Association's layouts set up inside.

Did you take the early excursion on the Amtrak Coast Starlight over Cuesta Grade and enjoy "Train Wreck Friday" at Pomar Junction Winery (10/6/17)? If not, catch one of the 2018 dates now posted! Details...

Of course, there was a great deal of activity at the host location, the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum. Talks, exhibits, model trains, artists, photographers, Amtrak, Operation Lifesaver, play area, music, food, etc. For the details of the happenings and photos from the events, go here.

Festival Host

San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum

Many Thanks! to our
2017 Major Sponsors

Santa Maria Valley Railroad
Union Pacific Railroad
City of San Luis Obispo

Festival Featured Hotel

Sands Inn & Suites, SLO

Promotional Partners 2017

City of San Luis Obispo (TBID and PCC)
San Luis Obispo Library
San Luis Obispo Vacations
Arts Obispo

Media Sponsors 2017

Central Coast CW5
Central Coast Family Magazine
SLO Tribune

Participants 2017

Arts Obispo
Beda's Biergarten
Central Coast Trains
Central Valley Model Works
Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab
Oceano Depot
Operation Lifesaver
Orange County N'Gineers
Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery
Railroad Historic District
San Luis Obispo County Library
San Luis Obispo History Center
San Luis Obispo Model Railroad Association
San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum
Santa Maria Valley Railroad
Santa Maria Valley Railway Historical Museum
South Street Roundhouse


If you have any feedback - good, bad, or indifferent - that you'd like to share with us, please email it to Additionally, we welcome ideas for new activities, requests to participate, etc. Tell us anything you think will help make future Central Coast Railroad Festivals even better.

Thank YOU!

And last but not least, many thanks to you for your interest in the Central Coast Railroad Festival! Hope to see you again soon.

What's Up at the SLO Railroad Museum

The SLO Railroad Museum is open every Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Watch for special displays and events, like Kids FREE Admission when wearing a costume on Halloween, Santa's visits, Art After Dark, and more. Museum website. And here's their Schedule of Events.

Art After Dark

February 2, 2018, 6-9pm at the SLO Railroad Museum. San Luis Obispo's Art After Dark isn't just in the downtown anymore.  See some of our area's finest artists displaying their work. Meet the artists while you enjoy seeing the SLO Railroad Museum. See last time. Free.

Heroines of the Rails

March 24, 2018, 3pm at the SLO Railroad Museum. Brief talk followed by several short films on women in railroading. Included with Museum admission.

2018 SLO Train Day set for May 5

The SLO Railroad Museum will be open from 10am to 4pm. Watch for activities in and around the historical Freight House including Running Model Trains, Railroad Swap Meet, Kids Activities, Music, Railroad Art and Photography, Amtrak Display, and railroad films as well as various Presentations and Tours. See last year's.

BSA Railroad Merit Badge

On Sunday, March 4, 2018 the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum will be offering their 5th Railroad Merit Badge Class and Sign-Off Day. This class gives local Boy Scouts of America an opportunity to earn their Railroading Merit Badge. Details.

Model Railroad Days

January 27-28, 2018 at the Oceano Depot from 10am-4pm each day. Presented by the SLO Model Railroad Association (SLOMRA). See the Depot, different gauges of model trains running, and a swap meet table for great bargains! Admission is free, donations are welcome.

Central Coast Model Railroad Talk

January 27, 2018, 3-4pm at the SLO Railroad Museum. Join us to hear Andrew Merriam, Superintendent of the Central Coast Model Railroad, as he discusses the intricacies of creating the HO model of the Southern Pacific Lines as it climbed the Cuesta Grade.  The era depicted is the early to mid-fifties and the model must stay true to that time period.  See color slides of the Espee operations and conditions on the grade.  Docents and public are both welcome. Included with Museum admission.

2018 Wine-Rail Excursions Posted

Don't miss out on a 2018 Wine-Rail Excursion from SLO, over the Cuesta Grade by train, a fun evening of wine tasting and music at Pomar Junction Winery, then back to SLO. Seven Fridays available from April through October. Details.

Year-Round Calendar

A Central Coast Railroading Calendar offers up-to-date listings for all rail events in our area:

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