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:

Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 5:30 PM

8th Annual Dinner Gala and
Silent Auction

RSVP Deadline has been extended to MONDAY May 15th.

This year’s fundraising effort will be for the acquisition of a historic marker commemorating the significance of Santa Maria’s Historic Rail Corridor. What was once the Pacific Coast Railway’s mainline, built in 1882, and then became the Santa Maria Valley Railroad’s Airbase branch in 1941 to support the Army Air Corp base of WWII and continues to operate as a rail line today.

Registration and Sponsorship details are on our GALA page.

2022 Rail Photo Contest Winners Announced

View the 2022 winners on our Photo Contest page.
All the winning photos are presented in the Friends Winter Newsletter.


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

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