2010 Schedule

2010 Festival Schedule

The 2010 Central Coast Railroad Festival started on Thursday, October 7th and ran through Monday, October 11th.

Go to Current Schedule.

Here's an Index to 2010 Photos.

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2010 Rack Card and Poster.

These events and activities are also presented on pages categorized by type of event:

 

Here's an Excel spreadsheet of the weekend's events. To sort the schedule however you want (Date/City/Time, City/Date/Time, etc.), select all the cells and use the Data/Sort feature.

Schedule Updates

We suggest that you check the schedule periodically leading up to the Festival. You might also want to join our mailing list to receive Festival updates: click here.

If you're looking for the 2009 schedule, here's the Archived 2009 Schedule.

All events are free unless otherwise noted with ($) or (donation requested).

Sunday, September 26, 2010
1pm-3pm: Loren Nicholson Tribute and Reception plus CCRRF Preview (PDF flier), SLO Dallidet Adobe and Gardens (1185 Pacific Street, SLO). Photos from the event.



Ongoing Displays/Information, October 7-11, 2010


Festival Information and Family Activity Center
SLO Library Community Room (995 Palm St. @ Osos St.)
(Thur 4-9, Fri 12-9 Sat 12-9, Sun 12-6, Mon closed)
Here's a PDF sheet of the weekend activities at the Library.

Oceano Depot, 1650 Front St, Oceano (Fri 11-5, Sat 11-3, Sun 10-4): rail memorabilia, rail cars, photos, models in historic Southern Pacific station house.

Central Coast Trains, 7600 El Camino Real, Ste. 3, Atascadero (Thur & Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5, Sun & Mon by appointment). Three running layouts: N scale 3-track layout, HO layout, and an overhead O Gauge track. There will be special Festival pricing on many store items and an in-store CCRRF/SLOMRA raffle (PDF raffle flier) for a new model HO Santa Fe Warbonnet Express Set by Athearn compliments of Central Coast Trains. Some photos.

Rail-Themed Winery Passport Promotion to include complimentary tasting and other surprises for CCRRF fans. Details and Passports available from any of the participating wineries: Anglim, Pomar Junction, Le Vigne, and D'Anbino Cellars. Here are some Pomar Junction photos taken Thursday morning of the 2010CCRRF.

The Village Railroad is on display daily at Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab in the Village of Arroyo Grande (114 W. Branch Street). Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-10:30pm, Sun 11am-9:30pm, Mon 12pm-9:30pm. This is the best site to enjoy ice cream while watching trains, with hand-crafted ice creams made on-site. The G-scale train travels the perimeter of the shop on a continuous loop, passing through two rooms and outside the building. Lay-out includes bridges, suspended track, and mountain scenery. Running since 1981, the Village Railroad includes an engine that replicates a train that traveled through Arroyo Grande in 1883-1896.

Daily: Regularly scheduled Amtrak service on the Coast Starlight (San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles) and Pacific Surfliner (San Luis Obispo, Grover Beach, Guadalupe/Santa Maria)

  • The Amtrak California Pacific Surfliner runs twice daily round trips from the Southern California into San Luis Obispo (including stops in Lompoc Surf, Guadalupe & Grover Beach). Festival fans are encouraged to contact Amtrak directly to purchase tickets. Tickets available through Amtrak's staffed station in SLO and at the self help kiosks at the Amtrak platforms in Lompoc Surf, Guadalupe and Grover Beach. It is advisable to buy your tickets in advance although you can buy them from the conductor onboard also if necessary. Regular Amtrak Discounts are available for seniors (10%), children up to 15 years (50%), Military, NARP, etc. As an example, adult fares from Grover Beach to SLO and back are around $15 round trip and children are around $7 round trip. The price is a little more from Guadalupe or Lompoc Surf.

    We suggest that you take the mid day Pacific Surfliners coming from the south and turning around in SLO. If you ride on Saturday you will be able to attend the SLO Freight House Celebration for an hour while the train turns around. If you ride on Sunday you could start your trip in Guadalupe and check out the historical activities at that platform before or after your ride up to SLO. While at SLO station on Sunday you can have lunch at one of the Historical Railroad District restaurants or take a self guided walking tour of the area. (Pick up a free Walk of History map in the Amtrak Station.)

    The mid day Surfliner generally offers a snack/lounge car.

    Train schedule:

    Northbound #799 Surfliner:
    11:33am - Lompoc Surf
    12:09pm - Guadalupe
    12:26pm - Grover Beach
    12:45pm - arrive San Luis Obispo

    Southbound #792 Surfliner:
    2:00pm - depart San Luis Obispo
    2:20pm - Grover Beach
    2:36 pm - Guadalupe
    3:10pm - Lompoc Surf

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Volunteer guides from the South Coast Railroad Museum will be presenting interpretive programs between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo aboard Amtrak's Coast Starlight trains (#11 & #14). See their blog post.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010


San Luis Obispo
  • 4pm-9pm: Festival Information and Family Activity Center
    SLO Library Community Room (995 Palm St. @ Osos St.): SLO Library website. Several programs TBA - ongoing displays & Festival literature available.
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm: "Southern Pacific Railroad Derailment Vandenberg AFB 1991" Presentation and photos from Paul Deis, Chief Engineer, D&P Mountain Railroad. SLO Library Community Room.
  • 6pm-9pm: Farmers' Market on Higuera Street. Central Coast Railroad Festival's Big Booth including information & representatives from several CCRRF Participating Organizations. Photos.
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm: Circle of Railroad Stories - Hear interesting train stories and share your own! - Session will led by Railroad Aficionado Bill Newell. SLO Library Community Room.
 
Grover Beach
  • 6pm-8pm: Beach Walk Beautification Celebration (2nd St. & Grand Avenue at the Station Grill): CCRRF and SLO Model Railroad Association booth and operating HO model layout. Photos.
 
Paso Robles
  • 10am-4pm: Darrell Nash's Sn3-scale "Gold Rock, Columbia and Palisades" model layout. Photos.
 

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Friday, October 8, 2010


Friday will focus on the North County with events and programs at the Paso Robles Amtrak Station, the Paso Robles Carnegie Library, on the Coast Starlight and at rail themed wineries.

Atascadero
  • 12pm-4pm: Elden Paling's G-scale "Colima & Silla Railroad" model layout.
 
Paso Robles
  • PDF flier of North County events.
  • 10am-4pm: Darrell Nash's Sn3-scale "Gold Rock, Columbia and Palisades" model layout.
  • 11:00am - 5:00pm: Wine-Train Excursions on the Coast Starlight from Paso Robles to San Luis Obispo and back. Trips start in Paso at Amtrak Station with Wine Wrangler bus tour to rail-themed wineries: Anglim, Pomar Junction, Le Vigne, and D'Anbino Cellars. Lunch at Le Vigne and then bus/train down to the SLO Amtrak Station and back to Paso Amtrak Station. Tickets now available at the Wine Wrangler for $59 per person (see their web site for details), 805-238-5700. Photos.
  • Afternoon: displays & wine tasting - Amtrak Station and Historic Southern Pacific Depot (800 Pine St.). ($ - possible tasting room fees)
  • 5:00pm: History talk and walking tour around the Paso Robles Railroad Station area. Tour to discuss historic buildings, wineries and the history of the Southern Pacific in Paso. Led by Don Campbell. Starts at the Wine Wrangler.
  • 2pm-6pm: Paul Deis' Fn3-scale model layout "D&P Mountain Railroad" and his HO-scale "Los Osos Valley Railroad". Photos.
  • 6:00pm: "Big Rock Candy Mountain" - Songs & Stories of the Railroad Hobos Featuring David Baumgarten, Don Lampson, David Sullivan and Friends. Concert with Circle of Songs and Stories to follow. Presented in conjunction with the Paso Robles Historical Society. On the steps of the Carnegie Library (800 12th Street). Bring a chair and/or a blanket! Photos.
 
San Luis Obispo
  • 10am-5pm: Mark Assi's LEGO model train layout, SLO Children's Museum, San Luis Obispo. The Children's Museum will also be unveiling its new LEGO Wall and offering train crafts activities and Amtrak goodies for the children. Photos.
  • 12:00noon-9:00pm: California Central Valley On30 Modular group operating model layout. SLO Library Community Room.
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm: Railroad themed genealogy program presented by the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society. SLO Library Community Room.
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm: Program on Railroad Time Service and History featuring a hands on historic watch display. Presented by Jerry Freedman of the Central Coast Watch Collectors Club. SLO Library Community Room.
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm: "Strangers on the Train" presented as part of the SLO Library's "Hollywood Moguls" Film Class. SLO Library Community Room.
 
Oceano
  • 11am-5pm - The Oceano Depot will be open with its regular displays inside and outside the building. Models on display: Dennis Pearson's operating 0n30 layout modeling numerous locations along the historic Pacific Coast Railway. Also on display the Oceano Caboose Railway (HO). (1650 Front St/Hwy 1)
  • 3:30 - Central Coast Railroad History, "Modeling the Pacific Coast Railway". Speaker: Dennis Pearson. Oceano Depot.
 
Avila Beach
  • 4:00pm-5:30pm - Historic Harford Pier history walk and presentation by Brian Craig Kreowski, President of the History Center of San Luis Obispo County. Craig will discuss the history of Harford Pier, the Pacific Coast Railway operations on the Pier and the Pier's creator John Harford. Attendees will walk down the Pier and complete their experience by viewing rare historical photos at the Olde Port Inn. Meet at the Port San Luis Harbor District's new Gateway Building. Photos.
  • 7:00pm-8:30pm -­ A discussion of the Pacific Coast Railway in Avila Beach and at Miles Station. The program will be led by Don Campbell, a regional historian who's Great Great Grandfather was the station master at Miles Station. Don will display historical photos during his presentation. Others might join in this program and everyone is invited to bring their Avila railroad stories to share! This event is being presented with support from the Port San Luis Harbor District and will take place in the upstairs meeting room at the Districtıs new Gateway Building.
 
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Saturday, October 9, 2010


The City of San Luis Obispo will have the focus today with a Railroad Celebration in the Historic Railroad District as well as many activities at the SLO Library.

Afternoon: Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Excursion: From Lompoc Surf, Guadalupe and Grover Beach to San Luis Obispo and back. History talks and station activities will be offered in San Luis Obispo. Tickets available through Amtrak. Regular Amtrak Discounts available for seniors, children, NARP, etc. Sign up with SLO Car Free for 20% adult discounts to and from San Luis Obispo. ($)

San Luis Obispo
  • Freight House: 10am-4pm Rail Celebration and Open House at the recently restored Railroad Freight House soon to be the home of the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum. Event takes place just south of the SLO Amtrak Station in the Historic Railroad District. Sponsored by the CCRRF and the SLO Railroad Museum. Event will include speeder rides, area tours, special displays and informational booths. SLORRM equipment will be on display at its Emily Street Yard. Photos.
  • Walk of History Self Guided Tour Brochure. PDF, 551kb. Points of interest around the SLO Amtrak station and the freight depot (SLO Historic Railroad District).
  • 10:00am - noon: Scenery Construction workshop for kids 8 years and up. Presented by the California Central Valley On30 Modular group and supported by the Friends of the SLO Library. Students will be making a tree and a bush, installing a section of railroad track, making a dirt road with railroad crossing, installing crossing signs, adding fencing, flowers, and rocks, and placing a farm animal figure. Limited to 20 children (and their parents) Call Kristine at the SLO Library (781-5783) to make reservations or sign up at the Library. SLO Library Community Room ($6 donation requested to cover material cost - students get to keep their creations!)
  • 10:00am-3:00pm: Research your family railroad history. Assisted genealogy research opportunities presented by the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society. SLO Library - 2nd Floor - SLOCGS Office (10-3) and Library Computer Lab (10:30-11:30).
  • 10am-5pm: Mark Assi's LEGO model train layout, SLO Children's Museum, San Luis Obispo. The Children's Museum will also be unveiling its new LEGO Wall and offering train crafts activities and Amtrak goodies for the children.
  • 10:30am-12noon: An introduction to the railroad books and resources available at the History Center of San Luis Obispo County. Session led by Joe Carotenuti and Loren Nicholson. Resource Room on the lower level of the History Center's Carnegie Library. 696 Monterey Street.
  • 12:00noon-9:00pm: California Central Valley On30 Modular group operating model layout. SLO Library Community Room. Photos.
  • 1:00pm-5:00pm: Andrew Merriam's "SP Coast Line" HO-scale model layout.
  • 2:30pm: Train Party for the kiddies presented by the SLO Friends of the Library. "Polar Express" movie, activies, Amtrak gifts, and snacks. SLO Library Community Room.
  • 7pm: "Circle of Railroad Songs" hosted by Steve Key, Dave Baumgarten and Sidney Willson Young. Family concert featuring railroad tunes and traditional rail era folk songs from Woody Guthrie and others. Program to conclude with song circle and audience sing-along. SLO Library Community Room. Photos.
 
Morro Bay
  • 1:00pm-6:00pm: Charlie Burns' N-scale "Southern Pacific" model layout.
 
Arroyo Grande
  • 10:00am-5:00pm: Free-mo SLO large modular HO scale layout, in the large red barn at 661 Valley Road. Photos.
 
Oceano
  • 11:00am-3:00pm - The Oceano Depot open with operating model layouts. See Friday listing. Photos.
 
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Sunday, October 10, 2010


Events in southern San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County will be highlighted with activities and numerous model layout in Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Guadalupe, Pismo Beach and Oceano. The spotlight will be on the historic Pacific Coast Railway and the Southern Pacific.

Afternoon: Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Excursion: From Lompoc Surf, Guadalupe and Grover Beach to San Luis Obispo and back. History talks and station activities will be offered in Guadalupe. Tickets available through Amtrak. Regular Amtrak Discounts available for seniors, children, NARP, etc. Sign up with SLO Car Free for 20% adult discounts to and from San Luis Obispo. ($)

Oceano
  • 10:00am-4:00pm - Open House at the Historical Oceano Depot with numerous operating model displays (N, HO, 0n30 & G scales) by the San Luis Obispo Model Railroad Association. Also Dennis Pearson's On30 layout of the Pacific Coast Railway. Historical talks and displays. Food & SLOMRA Yard Sale. Oceano Depot (1650 Front St/Hwy 1). Photos.
  • 1:00pm-9:00pm: Central Valley Model Works Layout display and model manufacturing shop tours. This is the well known layout created by the late Jack Parker. 1203 Pike Lane, Oceano. Jack began this layout in 1988. The often photographed scenes depict Logan, Montana. While considerable "artistic license" has been taken with the actual arrangement of Logan, the layout allows the simulation of the actual operation of Northern Pacific trains going to and from St. Paul and Tacoma in the late 1940s. The layout room is a generous 17?x 50?plus an extra eight-foot extension on the east end for return loops. The track is, of course, Central Valley CVT. That product was designed and developed for and then used on this layout. Jack's good friend and fellow N.P. model railroader David Coster helped design the layout and also did all of the wiring. The layout features a great roster of detailed brass steam locomotives and these all are tuned and weighted to pull scale length trains. Photos.
 
Pismo Beach
  • 12noon-3:00pm - Ice Cream Social and Open House with Pismo Beach railroad history programs. Ongoing PowerPoint presentation, lectures and tours covering John Price and the Southern Pacific Railroad. Indian Fry Bread Tacos. Apple Pie Raffle and Pie Sale Competition. Train rides, maze and bounce house for the kids. Special Southern Pacific history talk at 2:00pm. Old West, Railroad & Vintage Attire Encouraged. Price Historical Park. Photos.
 
Arroyo Grande
  • 10:00am-2:00pm: Free-mo SLO large modular HO scale layout (in the large red barn at 661 Valley Road).
  • 12:00 Noon: Brown Bag history luncheon. Presentation by noted area historians and authors Gordon Bennett and Loren Nicholson. Gordon will discuss Arroyo Grande's Pacific Coast Railway history and Loren will discuss the history of rail in California and Arroyo Grande as described in his book "Rails Across the Ranchos." Bring your own lunch. Drinks will be available for sale. At the South County Historical Society's Historic IOOF Hall (128 Bridge St.).
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm "Concert of Railroad Music" featuring the San Luis Obispo County Band, David Baumgarten, Sidney Willson Young, David Sullivan and various folk and bluegrass musicians. Steve Key will be the Master of Ceremonies. Rotary Bandstand, Heritage Square Park (Nelson St. @ Mason St.). Photos.
  • 1:30pm: Railroad themed genealogy program presented by the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society. Learn of the genealogical history of local railroad families and discover how to do your own research. At the South County Historical Society's Historic IOOF Hall (128 Bridge St.).
  • 2:00pm: Walking tour through the Arroyo Grande Village to visit various points of interest along the historic Pacific Coast Railway route. Tour led by Gordon Bennett. Meet at the railroad monument in front of the E.C. Loomis Warehouse at 415 East Branch Street. (Presently the Chameleon Home store.) Pacific Coast Railway: Points of Interest in Arroyo Grande (PDF, 272kb). Photos.
 
Guadalupe  
Nipomo
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm: Open House and informal Pacific Coast Railway history walks and discussions. Dana Abode. (671 S Oak Glen Ave, Nipomo.) Photos.
 
San Luis Obispo
  • 10am-3pm: Free-Mo San Luis Obispo's HO-scale model layout.
  • 1:00pm & 3:30pm: Railroad movies and shorts, railroad photos and art. Presented in conjunction with the SLO Library and the 2011 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.
    1:00pm - "The Great Locomotive Chase" w/ Fess Parker (1956) Civil War railroad story (85 minutes).
    3:30pm - "The Train" w/ Burt Lancaster (1964) WWII - French art treasures on a German train (133 minutes).
    All these films are available for check out from the Library's DVD collection. (donation requested). San Luis Obispo Library Community Room.
 
Morro Bay
  • 1:00pm-6:00pm: Charlie Burns' N-scale "Southern Pacific" model layout.
 
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Monday, October 11, 2010


Paso Robles
  • 11:00am - 5:00pm: Wine-Train Excursions on the Coast Starlight from Paso Robles to San Luis Obispo and back. Trips start in Paso at Amtrak Station with Wine Wrangler bus tour to rail themed wineries: Anglim, Pomar Junction, Le Vigne, and D'Anbino Cellars wineries. Lunch at Le Vigne and then bus/train down to the SLO Amtrak Station and back to Paso Amtrak Station. Tickets now available at the Wine Wrangler for $59 per person. (805-238-5700)
  • 5:00pm: History talk and walking tour around the Paso Robles Railroad Station area. Tour to discuss historic buildings, wineries and the history of the Southern Pacific in Paso. Led by Don Campbell. Starts at the Wine Wrangler.
 
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Rail-related Organizations in the Area (Year-round)


 

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