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The Orange County "N" Gineers will be displaying their layout Friday through Sunday of the 2017 Central Coast Railroad Festival at the downtown SLO Library. Over 20 layouts will be on the 2017 Model Layout Tour, see details (PDF).

2017 Schedule

If you're looking for previous schedules:
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016.

The 2018 Schedule will start to form on this page in the Summer of 2018.

October 13-15, 2017

Actually, some events start as early as October 6th, but the Festival proper is the 13th through 15th. Note that the layout tours start on Thursday the 12th and go through the weekend.

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

A complete 2017 Festival Schedule in PDF form is here (last updated 10/14/17).

  • Train Story Times at San Luis Obispo County Libraries
    • Atascadero, Train Story Time, OCT 6, 10:30
    • Arroyo Grande
      • Toddler Train Story Time, TUES, OCT 10, 4:30
      • Train Story Time, WED, OCT 11, 10:30
      • Train Story Time, THURS, OCT 12, 10:30
    • Santa Margarita, Train Story Time and Craft, OCT 10, 10:30
    • San Luis Obispo
      • Toddler Train Story Time, Tues, Oct 10, 10:30
      • Train Story Time, Wed, Oct 11, 11:00
    • Cayucos, Train Story Time, Fri, Oct 13, 10:30
    • Morro Bay
      • Train Story Time, TUES, OCT 10, 10:30
      • Train Story Time, WED, OCT 11 3:30
    • Los Osos
      • Train Story Time, THURS, OCT 12, 10:30
      • Train Story Time, THURS, OCT 13, 10:30
    • Nipomo, Train Story Time, Wed, October 11, 1030am
    • Oceano, Train Story Time, FRI, OCT 13, 11:00

  • Model Railroad Layouts Tour (see photos from last year). Layout Tour Details/Maps (updated 10/7/17). Here's the list for October 12-15, 2017:
    • Orange County N-Gineers at the City-County Library
    • Silicon Valley Free-moNers at the Sands Hotel
    • Richard Abraham
    • Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab (SLO and Orcutt)
    • Central Coast Trains
    • Geoff Clinton
    • Paul Deis
    • Mark Edwards
    • George Gibson
    • Mark Goodman
    • Anthony Harris
    • Mark & Lori Hays
    • Karl Kvilvang
    • Lompoc Valley Model RR & Historical Society
    • Andrew Merriam
    • Oceano Depot Assn.
    • Central Valley Model Works
    • Skip Purper
    • San Luis Obispo Model RR Assn.
    • San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum
    • Santa Maria Valley Railway Historical Museum
    • Michael Sassard
    • Walter Wajda

  • At the SLO Railroad Museum:
    • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: Photos
    • 2017 highlights include: swap meet, artwork and photos, music, displays and information, Emily Street Tour, talk about SLO County Desperados, talk about the future of passenger service, wine tasting, and more
    • The Central Roast (Steaming Bean) will offer foods and coffees

  • Oceano Depot:
    • Friday through Sunday, 10am-4pm
    • Relocated and restored SP depot
    • Displays, layouts, SP boxcar, SMV caboose
    • SLOMRA layouts will be there as well

  • Meeting of the Daylight Division of the National Model Railroad Association:
    • Members $4, non-members $5
    • 9am, Saturday, October 14th
    • Whole Foods Community Room, 1531 Froom Ranch Way, SLO
    • Model displays, photo displays (contests for members)

  • Z-scale Model Railroad Layouts:
    • Noon-8pm, Saturday, October 14th
    • Beda's Biergarten, 3230 Broad Street in San Luis Obispo
    • Live accordion music also noon-8pm
    • Genuine German beer on tap and great German food
    • Guiness Record Holder: Largest Z-Scale Collection (info)

  • Santa Maria Valley Railway Historical Museum:
    • Saturday and Sunday, Noon-4pm
    • Behind the Transist Center at 708 S. Miller St., Santa Maria
    • Sugar mill locomotive, SN boxcar, SMV caboose
    • Model layouts in N, HO, and O scales

  • SLO History Center:
    • Saturday and Sunday, Noon-4pm
    • 696 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo
    • Kids' coloring pages of Amtrak's Coast Starlight on display
    • Website