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The Orange County "N" Gineers will be displaying their layout Friday through Sunday of the 2016 Central Coast Railroad Festival at the downtown SLO Library. About 18 layouts will be on the 2016 Model Layout Tour, see details (PDF).

2016 Schedule

2016 Festival Schedule

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2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015.

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All events are FREE unless otherwise indicated here or in the details.

Last updated October 2, 2016.

September, 2016

Children's Railroad Reading times and Amtrak Coast Starlight Coloring contest. Each Child will get to enter for a drawing of a Family of Four Tickets on Amtrak's Coast Starlight. Locations: SLO City-County Libraries-All Branches. Drawing on Saturday October 8th at the Railroad Museum. Detailed Library Schedule (PDF).

Model Layout Tour
Thursday-Sunday, October 6-9, 2016

Model Railroad Layout Tour #50 organized by the Model Railroads of Southern California. The detailed schedule is here (PDF). This tour includes 18 different layouts, at various locations from Lompoc on the south to Atascadero on the north, covering many scales and eras at both private and public sites. There will be updates to this schedule before show time, so be sure to check back now and then. Updated 9/19/16.
Central Coast Trains
Central Valley Model Works, Jeff Parker (photos)
Geoff Clinton (photos)
Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab
Mark Edwards (photos)
George Gibson (photos)
Anthony Harris (photos)
Lompoc Valley Model RR & Historical Society (photos)
Andrew Merriam (photos)
Ed Morse (photos)
Bill Obermeyer (photos)
Oceano Depot Assn. (photos)
Orange County 'N' Gineers (photos) @ SLO Library
Skip Purper (photos)
SLO Model RR Assn. (photos) [CCRRF webpage]
SLO Railroad Museum [CCRRF webpage]
Santa Maria Valley Railway Historical Museum (photos)
Walter Wajda (photos)

Friday, October 7, 2016

10:00 AM
SLO Railroad Museum - see photos. Closes at 4pm.
3:00 PM
Wine Rail Excursion to Pomar Junction Winery's "Train Wreck Friday" featuring Louie Ortega - see details.
6:00 PM
Art After Dark at the Jack House. Railroad song singalong 6:30pm, 7:30pm, and 8:30pm, with Donn Clarius on the 1864 Jack Steinway, which has been in a gunfight and shipwreck and played by Paderewski. Exhibitions: "The Brief Life and Early Death of the SLO Street Railway" and "Dreamlines: The Unbuilt Railroads of the Central Coast," 6pm-9pm. Free. Photos...

Saturday, October 8, 2016

9:00 AM
Bike Ride Along the Former Pacific Coast Railway Route. Meet at the Museum (1940 Santa Barbara Ave., SLO) at 9:00am. Depart at 9:15am for a docent-escorted tour to the Octagon Barn (about 3.5 miles). From that point, riders may continue a non-escorted ride as far as they wish (maps will be provided for those wanting to go as far as Port San Luis [the PCRy terminus]), or they may return to the Museum, by about 10:00am. Those returning to the Museum may then have a guided tour of the Pacific Coast Railway exhibits. Recommended: helmets; water; layered, brightly colored clothes. Photos...
10:00 AM
1. SLO Railroad Museum - see photos. Closes at 4pm.
2. Pioneer Museum in Paso Robles: Guinness World Record display and running layouts of Bernd Schumacher's Z-Scale Collection. Closes at 4pm.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

9:30 AM
Swanton Pacific's Cal Poly Railroad Day - Swanton Pacific is pleased to invite you to its annual Cal Poly Railroad Day of train rides, barbecue, and choice of other activities hosted by the railroad and ranch. Updates, on what has been and will be taking place at Swanton, will be presented. Come hear and experience it all at the Swanton Pacific Ranch, in Davenport, CA on Sunday, October 9, 2016. Closes at 4pm. Flier (PDF). SOLD OUT.
12:00 PM
SLO Railroad Museum - see photos. Closes at 4pm.
1:00 PM
The Jack House. Exhibitions: "The Brief Life and Early Death of the SLO Street Railway" and "Dreamlines: The Unbuilt Railroads of the Central Coast"; tours of railroad pioneer R. E. Jack's 1878 house, 1-4 pm. $5 adults, kids free.