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.

September 19, 2015 (NEW DATE)

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.

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

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. Bring some money for lunch (TBD). RSVP required (Contact Friends). Photos from 2011 trip.

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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.

February 21, 2015

SMV History Museum. Join the Friends for a private guided tour of the Santa Maria Valley History Museum (616 S. Broadway). They have an interesting Hancock room and Betteravia display along with many other cool exhibits. Meet us there at 10am, and bring some lunch money as we'll be going to The Swiss right afterward (516 N. Broadway). Photos...

January 15, 2015

Proposed Coast Daylight Service. Peter Rodgers of the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) will talk about the Coast Daylight proposal to run a daily passenger train from Los Angeles to San Francisco. This program will be held at the Santa Maria Library's Shepard 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.

November 22, 2014

Tour the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum! A private Friends tour will start at 10am and be done in time for lunch at Del Monte Cafe (right across the street) around noon. Bring lunch money. The Museum is located at 1940 Santa Barbara Avenue, San Luis Obispo [map]; just south of the SLO Amtrak station. Photos...



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