Welcome to Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad

The mission of the Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad (SMVRR) is to preserve, improve, and interpret historical and contemporary aspects of the SMVRR. We provide our members and the public with educational programs such as history, current business practices, and trends related to railroading in general and the SMVRR in particular. Friends also conducts various activities to get us out into the field. Friends is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization. See About.

Coming Up:


June 18, 2016

2nd Annual Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad Fundraising Dinner. Saturday June 18, 2016 at 6:00pm in the Fountain Pavillion at the Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 S. Thornburg Street, Santa Maria. Cost is $65 per person, $520 for a reserved table of 8. Tri-tip, chicken, and rib dinner, silent auction, look back on the history of Friends presentations. Details coming - watch here. Membership is not required, but it would sure make life more fun! See last year's event.

May 21, 2016

Pacific Coast Railway Field Trip. Kevin O'Roark will lead this exploration of the less-celebrated portion of the PCRy right of way from the Santa Maria River crossing south to Los Alamos. The old right of way is clearly visible in many areas with a few other unexpected treats along the way! We'll meet at 10am at the Santa Maria River Levee Trail access, at the end of Preisker Lane. From the North or South on 101 take the Broadway exit and turn right on Preisker lane, it's the first traffic signal. Follow Preisker Lane to the end, there's a small parking lot on the right where we'll leave our cars and car pool from there. We'll stop for lunch at the Historic 1880 Union Hotel Saloon in Los Alamos (if available, or another spot in town) and visit the only remaining Depot of the Pacific Coast Railway. We should be back at the parking lot at 2:30pm. RSVP and membership required: Contact Friends. Photos from a previous trip. ONLY TWO SEATS LEFT.

Recently Completed:


March 5, 2016

Phillips 66 Refinery Tour
Saturday, March 5th, will be a special Friends tour of the Phillips 66 Refinery on the Nipomo Mesa starting mid-morning. Space is limited. Lunch follows at El Tapatio in Guadalupe (bring some money). RSVP and Friends membership required. RSVPers will receive details.

January 27, 2016

"We Built This City". Enjoy Rob Himoto's new 40-minute slideshow spanning the existence of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad and its impact on the development of the City of Santa Maria. This program will be held at the Santa Maria Library's Shepard Hall (421 S. McClelland Street). Doors open at 5pm. Admission is $5, or free if you grab dinner from the Cafe right next to the Hall. The program will start at 6pm. Photos....

November 14, 2015

Roadamite Field Trip
Back by popular demand, this is a reprise journey led by the inimitable Kevin O'Roark. Tour the vestiges of the SMVRR and the PCRy south and east of Santa Maria. We'll meet at 10:00am at the old Santa Maria Valley Railroad freight depot (now Dance City) at the corner of S. McClelland and E. Jones in Santa Maria. There is parking along the street and we can carpool from there. We'll return about 2:30pm. Bring some money for lunch (TBD). RSVP required (Contact Friends). Photos....

October 1-4, 2015

Central Coast Railroad Festival
Enjoy all the activities Thursday through Sunday. The SMV Railroad will be giving a talk at the SLO Railroad Museum at 10:30am on Saturday the 3rd. http://CCRRF.com

September 19, 2015

Guadalupe City Walk 'n' Talk, and Museum
At 10:00am, we'll join Shirley Boydstun, Guadalupe Historical Society Member, for a fascinating walking tour of this historic small town. Expect an enthralling hour with this long-time Guadalupe resident. Meet at the Dunes Center Visitor's Center, 1055 Guadalupe Street. We'll work in some time to enjoy the Museum and Dunes Center, and, of course, lunch.

June 19-21, 2015

Friends/SMVRR Summer BBQ Weekend. Photos from the Friday Photoshoot and the Saturday BBQ.

May 9, 2015

San Luis Obispo Train Day. The SMV Railroad will be exhibiting at the SLO Railroad Museum. See photos on the SLORRM webpage. (This used to be called National Train Day.)

April 23, 2015

Puttin' on the Ritz. This was a great evening of fun and entertainment resplendent in a Roaring 20s theme. Dinner, live and silent auctions, and music and dance. Photos are here.



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