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.

March 22, 2014

Friends of the SMVRR Day at the Fillmore and Western Railway. Meet at the Fillmore and Western Railway (directions) by 11am. We'll enjoy the environs for a little while then board the Weekend Scenic Excursion Train for a 12pm departure. Tickets: adults $25, seniors (60+) $23, youth 4-12 $15, children 3 and under $10. We plan to eat in the dining car (additional charge per the menu). There are two stops along the route: downtown Santa Paula (several sites to catch) and Loose Caboose Garden Center and Gift Emporium. The train trip is scheduled to end at 4pm. Photos...

May 3, 2014

Santa Maria Valley's Electric Railroad. We'll explore the electrified branches of the Pacific Coast Railway and, ideally, gain some insight to the sometimes conflicting published material about them. Meet in the parking lot at the corner of Battles Road and S. Depot Street at 10:00am and we'll carpool from there. We'll end up in Guadalupe just in time for lunch! RSVP (limited seating): Jamie.Foster@JF2.com or (805) 614-7093.

April 3, 2014

Rail Safety. There's much talk about rail safety these days, particularly in regards to the transportation of hazardous materials and homeland security. We'll talk about what's myth, what's real, and what the SMVRR and the industry are doing about it. This program will be held at the Santa Maria Library's Shepard's Hall. 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. Note: This is a Thursday.

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