2016 Festival Schedule
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All events are FREE unless otherwise indicated here or in the details.
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
Friday, October 7, 2016
Wine Rail Excursion to Pomar Junction Winery
's "Train Wreck Friday" featuring Louie Ortega - see details
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
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...
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
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
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.