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 such as field trips, tours, and travel. Friends is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization. More information is on our About page. We welcome your Donations to Friends!

Current Activities:

August 17, 2024
SMVRR BBQ and Open House


Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad members are invited to this years Annual Open House and BBQ hosted by the Santa Maria Valley Railroad on Saturday, August 17 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be a full slate of tours and demonstrations along with a silent auction. The company store will be open. A Santa Maria style tri-tip and chicken BBQ lunch will be served - $30.00 per person. All of the profits will go towards the Betty Himoto Memorial Scholarship Fund. Full details and online payment on the 2024 BBQ Page.


August 3 & September 7 (2024)
Friends Work Days at Osburn Yard

We’ll have more Friends work days on Aug 3 and Sep 7. Meet at the Santa Maria Valley Railroad office at the Osburn yard at 9 am. Lunch is provided! Check back on this page on the Friday before any work day for any last minute changes or updates.

Photo Contest Sample

Rail Photo Contest

Our 2024 Photo Contest is now open for submissions. You have until October 1, 2024 to submit your photos in the following categories: SMVRR Present and Manifest Freight Serving the SMVRR.

Details about the 2024 photo contest and previous contest winners are on the photo contest page.

Sample Locomotive Printout

Preservation of SMVRR Blueprints

The Friends of SMVRR have begun the task of scanning and archiving blueprints and drawings from the age of steam. These engineering blueprints are of the steam locomotives that were previously in service on the Santa Maria Valley Railroad. Help us preserve the original SMVRR Steam Era Blueprints.
Details are on Blueprint Preservation page.

Gala 2023 Emcee - photo

9th Annual Dinner Gala/Auction a Big Success!

The 9th Annual Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad Dinner Gala was held on Saturday May 18, 2024 to it largest attendance. Emcee and President of the Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad Garret Matsuura welcomed the record crowd at the Dominion Barn less than a quarter of a mile away from the former Eastern Branch of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad. Several awards and scholarships were presented along with a silent auction ending with a live auction closed out a successful night.   Photos and Story on the Gala Page.


We welcome new sponsors to
expand our programs and tours,
and fund educational activities.

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