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.
Railroad Industry Update - October 13, 2013
Presentations at the Central Coast Railroad Festival. Join us in this special set of presentations by the Santa Maria Valley Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad Company, and the Federal Railroad Administration talking about the current state of the railroad industry in the Central Coast and California. The presentations will be held at the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum's opening weekend on Sunday October 13th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. This is open to the public so bring your friends and prospective Friends members. Details about these presentations and all Festival activities are available at the CCRRF website.
Betteravia - September 14, 2013
Enjoy this Saturday morning at Betteravia, once the location of a thriving sugar refinery and small town. We'll tour about the property including the old town site and the sugar mill itself (or what's left of it). Meet at 9am at the railroad's offices at Betteravia. You must wear closed-toe shoes appropriate for irregular surfaces. MEMBERS ONLY (for insurance purposes). Photos...
Pacific Coast Railway Tours - November, 2013
Contact the Friends if you're interested in a repeat of either of the two field trips regarding railroads from the past in the Santa Maria Valley: Pacific Coast Railway or Roadamite. We repeated the PCRy Tour on November 9, 2013.