The Central Coast Railroad Festival (CCRRF) is a broad based festival which will focus on railroading of many types with an eye towards general tourism. The Festival has been designed to attract the attention of avid and casual rail fans as well as curious tourists from across the Western United States. It will present historical, educational and recreational events for locals citizens, the area's large population of second home owners and visiting tourists. The visibility of all local rail entities as well as railroading in general will be elevated and enhanced by the Festival. A cooperative spirit is being developed among all participating organizations to promote their mutual well being and to expand interest in all things rail!

A tidbit to whet your appetite... Click here to learn about the Pacific Coast Railway, a narrow gauge railroad that ran from Port San Luis to Los Olivos, from 1873 to 1941.

Goals for presenting a Rail Celebration and Festival

  • Celebrate Central Coast Rail History
  • Explore Rail's future
  • Promote Rail travel and commerce
  • Highlight and develop all types of rail hobbies and interests
  • Build Central Coast tourism and visibility
  • Involve various educational elements


Festival Basics

  • An annual five Day weekend festival
  • Broad appeal for train enthusiasts as well as those seeking family entertainment
  • Utilizing locations throughout San Luis Obispo County and the Santa Maria area featuring important rail locations (stations, historical sites, layouts, etc.,) components and organizations
  • Incorporating displays, rides, shows, educational sessions, fun and history
  • Visiting historic engines, rolling stock and excursion trains will eventually be important features
  • Tourism, beaches, wineries, restaurants and hotels will be part of the mix
  • Ticketing and information dissemination will be consolidated for all Festival related events

Two Fold Event and Marketing Concept

  • Festival provides a marketing "umbrella" under which organizations present their own events during the Festival
  • Festival will simultaneously coordinate and present events, rides, ceremonies, seminars, films and more (most are free and a few are ticketed)

Partial List of Potential Promotional Partners and Participants (for 2009 and future years)

  • Amtrak, Union Pacific, Cal Trans
  • SLO County and Numerous local Cities governmental bodies
  • California State Parks, CA State RR Museum
  • SLO Railroad Museum, Santa Maria Valley Railway Historical Museum
  • Santa Maria Valley Railroad Co. & the Friends of the SMVRR
  • SLO County Visitor and Conference Bureau, Pismo CVB, SLO Chamber of Commerce and others
  • Pacific Coast Railroad Co. & Bitter Creek Western Railroad
  • SLO Model RR Association & CCC Garden RR Society
  • Amtrak Station Host Assoc., Coast Starlight Communities Network


Curtis Reinhardt, Director
Central Coast Railroad Festival
2251 Shell Beach Road #6
Pismo Beach, CA 93449