San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum

San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum is a non-profit educational museum preserving the railroad histor
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The Central Coast Railroad Festival is this weekend October 6 to 8, 2023.  Check out the CCRRF website for details at ww...
10/05/2023

The Central Coast Railroad Festival is this weekend October 6 to 8, 2023. Check out the CCRRF website for details at www.ccrrf.com .

The "Big Day" at the museum is Saturday October 7. Come on by and enjoy the party. Details for the festival activities at the museum are here -- https://www.slorrm.com/231007.html .

Today's Announcements Email: https://ccrrf.com/ccrrf-announcements-email-230928.html

CONTENT:

Railroad Festival: Next Week!
Recent Railroad Festival Press Release
Museum Fundraiser at House of Bread
Halter Ranch Railroad: Festival Hours
BBQ Dinners and Online Auction
Coloring Contest Deadline in 2 Days
Fly-Over Video: Lap Around Norgrove Railway
Growing Corn at the Oceano Depot
Keep Those Cameras at the Ready
History of the Railroad Festival
Road Issues Saturday of the Festival
Festival Layouts Featured on MRSC
UP #4014 Saves 150-Car Freight Train
Operation Safe Surfs (LOSSAN)
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
Thank You! 2023 CCRRF Sponsors
2023 CCRRF Participants
Area Railroading Opportunities

We're holding our annual online fundraising auction and one of the items up for bid is the "Locomotive and Hoosac Tunnel...
09/29/2023

We're holding our annual online fundraising auction and one of the items up for bid is the "Locomotive and Hoosac Tunnel Quilt". This 44" X 51" quilt depicts an old-time locomotive at the Hoosac Tunnel. The proceeds will help us raise funds for getting construction started on the SP box car's interior exhibits and ADA access. This will get us ever closer to creating "The People of the Southern Pacific Railroad, Central Coast" exhibit which will honor the men and women of the SPRR who worked here on the Central Coast. To bid on this item go to our auction site, register, and bid at https://onlinefundraiser.events/October2023CCRRFAuction . The quilt was donated by Central Coast Quilters Quilting Angels.

We're holding our annual online fundraising auction and one of the items up for bid is the "Children's Train Station Qui...
09/28/2023

We're holding our annual online fundraising auction and one of the items up for bid is the "Children's Train Station Quilt". For the little railfan in your life, this colorful 40" X 59" quilt features a railroad station and old-time railroad locomotives. The proceeds will help us raise funds for getting construction started on the SP box car's interior exhibits and ADA access. This will get us ever closer to creating "The People of the Southern Pacific Railroad, Central Coast" exhibit which will honor the men and women of the SPRR who worked here on the Central Coast. To bid on this item go to our auction site, register, and bid at https://onlinefundraiser.events/October2023CCRRFAuction . The quilt was donated by Central Coast Quilters Quilting Angels.

Happy Hour Fundraiser at House of BreadFriday, October 6, 20234pm-6pmHelp raise funds for the Museum by joining us at th...
09/25/2023

Happy Hour Fundraiser at House of Bread
Friday, October 6, 2023
4pm-6pm

Help raise funds for the Museum by joining us at the House of Bread Happy Hour on Friday October 6th from 4 to 6 pm. Two of our members will be bartending and any items purchased during Happy Hour will benefit the Railroad Museum at 50%. This includes ANYTHING purchased during this Happy Hour period. So, please come on by and have a glass of wine, beer, sandwich, loaf of bread or anything in the store. There is both inside and outside seating but if you can't stay, you can get any of the food items to go.

Location: House of Bread Café - Farmhouse
Across the street from Cal-Fire near the Airport
1025 Farmhouse Lane
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Music by "Dave, Brian & the 40 Hour Work Week", sponsored by West Coast Auto and Towing.

For more info -- https://www.slorrm.com/231006-Happy-Hour.html

09/03/2023

Read today's Announcement Email: https://ccrrf.com/ccrrf-announcements-email-230903.html

CONTENTS:
Railroad Festival: Just a Month Away!
Friends of SMVRR Excursion September 22-24
Two Railroad Photo Contest Deadlines Approach
Model Layout Tour Details Posted
BBQ Dinners and Online Auction
Festival Coloring Contest September at SLO Library Branches
Keep Those Cameras at the Ready
Swanton Pacific to Pacific Coast Railroad
PCRR to Receive two SP Commuter "Subs"
SP 4274: Last Trip Over Donner Pass
Turntable Rides in Sacramento
Thank You! 2023 CCRRF Sponsors
2023 CCRRF Participants
Area Railroading Opportunities

The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum is excited to announce the long awaited return of Wine-Rail Excursions with a day tr...
08/22/2023

The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum is excited to announce the long awaited return of Wine-Rail Excursions with a day trip to Santa Barbara on October 14, 2023.

This excursion will depart from the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum at 11am taking a van to the Santa Barbara Wine Collective, arriving around 12:30pm. Following the roughly 1-hour wine tasting (6 Santa Ynez Valley wines), participants will have free time until 5:30pm to visit Stearn's Wharf, enjoy the live music, wineries, and restaurants in the Funk Zone, or explore lower State Street. The Amtrak Surfliner will depart Santa Barbara Train Station just after 5:45pm and arrive in San Luis Obispo at about 8:45pm after enjoying a beautiful Sunset train ride along the Pacific Ocean.

Cost: $129/person. Space is limited.

Contact 805-602-2864 or [email protected] for tickets, information, wait list, etc.

08/22/2023

See today's Announcement Email: https://ccrrf.com/ccrrf-announcements-email-230818.html

Contents:
Railroad Festival: Just 7 Weeks Away!
October 14th Sunset Wine/Rail Excursion
Two Garden Railroads Highlighted
Photo Contest Deadline: 4 Weeks Away
Swanton Moving to Pacific Coast Railroad
Video Tour of Train Mountain
Track Safety Basics
The Real Blues Jam SouthWest
Heritage Day at Dana Adobe
ProDriver Challenge by Operation Lifesaver
2023 CCRRF Participants

Happy Holidays !The museum will be closed Christmas Eve day (Saturday Dec 24) and New Year's Eve day (Saturday Dec 31).S...
12/21/2022

Happy Holidays !

The museum will be closed Christmas Eve day (Saturday Dec 24) and New Year's Eve day (Saturday Dec 31).

See you again on Saturday January 7th!

We just posted our Winter 2022 issue of Coast Mail, the Museum's newsletter: https://www.slorrm.com/media/coast_mail_v82...
11/30/2022

We just posted our Winter 2022 issue of Coast Mail, the Museum's newsletter:https://www.slorrm.com/media/coast_mail_v82.pdf

10/06/2022
The "big" day at the museum is Saturday October 8 from 10am to 4pm.
10/03/2022

The "big" day at the museum is Saturday October 8 from 10am to 4pm.

The Festival starts this coming Thursday (Oct. 6th) with the opening day of the self-guided Model Railroad Layout Tour. Here's today's Announcement Email: https://ccrrf.com/ccrrf-announcements-email-221001.html

Detailed Schedules are Posted (Oct. 7-9)
Map View of the Festival
Museum BBQ Dinners and Online Auction
At the Oceano Depot
At the SLO Railroad Museum
At Norgrove Railway
At the SLO Library (Downtown)
At Other Venues
Share your Festival Photos
PCRR had to Cancel
Stay Off the Tracks
Thank You! 2022 CCRRF Sponsors
2022 CCRRF Participants
Area Railroading Opportunities
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Don't forget about our "BBQ Dinner To-Go" on October 8, 2022   https://www.facebook.com/events/edit/849535462942329.  Pi...
09/26/2022

Don't forget about our "BBQ Dinner To-Go" on October 8, 2022 https://www.facebook.com/events/edit/849535462942329.
Pick up your dinner from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Museum.
Pre-order and pay at https://www.slorrm.com/2022-BBQ.html
You must pre-order your dinners by Sunday, October 2nd.

Food provided by Railroad BBQ Co for $25/meal consisting of
Sliced Santa Maria BBQ Tri Tip
BBQ Chicken
Mixed Green Salad
Ranch Dressing
Beans
Garlic Bread
Container/Utensils

Railroad Museum Online Fundraising AuctionFor information on the auction and BBQ go to https://www.slorrm.com/221008-auc...
09/19/2022

Railroad Museum Online Fundraising Auction

For information on the auction and BBQ go to https://www.slorrm.com/221008-auction.html
and to bid on items go to our auction site at https://onlinefundraiser.events/October2022CCRRFAuction

Join in the fun this year to raise funds for getting our Southern Pacific Railroad box car #28148 across the finish line. Over the years, slowly but surely, the car has been entirely renovated except for the door - the one last piece of the renovation project. Once the finished door is in place, we need to move the completely renovated car to the Museum display track. And ultimately, create a new exhibit inside the car: "The People of the Southern Pacific Railroad - Central Coast." This is envisioned as a display to honor the men and women of the SPRR who worked here on the Central Coast, especially those who gave their lives working on the railroad.

09/17/2022

Today's Announcement Email: https://ccrrf.com/ccrrf-announcements-email-220917.html

Detailed Schedules are Posted
Layout Tour Details Posted
BBQ Dinners and Online Auction
Friends Photo Contest - Still Time
CCRRF Coloring Contest and Goodie Bags During September at SLO Library Branches
Latest SLO Railroad Museum Newsletter
Meet Ella at Oceano Depot
Workin' on the Pacific Coast Railroad
"Rocks and Fossils" at Dana Adobe
Keep Those Cameras at the Ready
Thank You! 2022 CCRRF Sponsors
2022 CCRRF Participants
Area Railroading Opportunities
Want Your News/Event Promoted?
Want to Subscribe?

Railroad Museum Auction and BBQJoin in the fun this year to raise funds for getting our Southern Pacific Railroad box ca...
09/17/2022

Railroad Museum Auction and BBQ

Join in the fun this year to raise funds for getting our Southern Pacific Railroad box car #28148 across the finish line. Over the years, slowly but surely, the car has been entirely renovated except for the door - the one last piece of the renovation project. Once the finished door is in place, we need to move the completely renovated car to the Museum display track. And ultimately, create a new exhibit inside the car: "The People of the Southern Pacific Railroad - Central Coast." This is envisioned as a display to honor the men and women of the SPRR who worked here on the Central Coast, especially those who gave their lives working on the railroad.

For information on the auction and reserving a BBQ dinner, go to https://www.slorrm.com/221008-auction.html .

Last call for your photos -- SLORRM Photo Contest submission deadline is this Thursday Sept 15 at 5:00 PM PT.
09/14/2022

Last call for your photos -- SLORRM Photo Contest submission deadline is this Thursday Sept 15 at 5:00 PM PT.

Submit your photos to the 2022 SLORRM Photo Contest. This Photo Contest is being run in conjunction with the 2022 Central Coast Railroad Festival (CCRRF). The deadline is September 15, 2022 at 5:00pm PDT.

The theme of this year's contest is "preserving the railroad history of the Central Coast".

Full details and submission information is on the SLORRM website at https://www.slorrm.com/221007-Photo-Contest.html .

Submit your photos to the 2022 SLORRM Photo Contest. This Photo Contest is being run in conjunction with the 2022 Centra...
08/27/2022

Submit your photos to the 2022 SLORRM Photo Contest. This Photo Contest is being run in conjunction with the 2022 Central Coast Railroad Festival (CCRRF). The deadline is September 15, 2022 at 5:00pm PDT.

The theme of this year's contest is "preserving the railroad history of the Central Coast".

Full details and submission information is on the SLORRM website at https://www.slorrm.com/221007-Photo-Contest.html .

05/12/2022

Some of the Interesting Auction Items for the upcoming Friends Gala on Saturday May 21 at the Santa Maria Fairpark. Register now on our website at https://www.friends-smvrr.org/gala.html .

We wish you a very Merry Christmas.  Have a wonderful and amazing holiday!
12/25/2021

We wish you a very Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful and amazing holiday!

11/09/2021
As part of the Railroad Festival, the RR museum will be open on Saturday from 10am to 4 pm.
10/01/2021

As part of the Railroad Festival, the RR museum will be open on Saturday from 10am to 4 pm.

The Festival starts today with model railroad layouts, then in full swing Friday through Sunday at various locations in SLO County and northern Santa Barbara County. All the details are here: https://ccrrf.com/schedule.html

Drive-Thru BBQ Dinner and Online Auction Fundraiser:   The BBQ dinner order deadline is rapidly approaching.   Order you...
06/19/2021

Drive-Thru BBQ Dinner and Online Auction Fundraiser: The BBQ dinner order deadline is rapidly approaching. Order your BBQ dinner before noon Monday June 21, and then pick it up anytime between 4 and 7 PM on Saturday June 26. Help raise funds for the railroad museum during these trying times. We've reopened but have had no regular income or fundraising in over a year.

We also have a silent online auction as part of this fundraiser. The auction is online at https://event.auctria.com/fa847bdd-6a79-4212-bbcb-486d6e9c8bec/. Bid anytime online and then pick up your item when you pick up your dinner next Saturday.

Full BBQ dinner and auction information is on our website at https://slorrm.com/210626.html. Thank you for your support.

Join us for a Drive-Thru BBQ and Online Auction Fundraiser.   Order a great BBQ dinner and pick it up anytime between 4 ...
05/24/2021

Join us for a Drive-Thru BBQ and Online Auction Fundraiser. Order a great BBQ dinner and pick it up anytime between 4 and 7 PM on June 26. Help raise funds for the railroad museum during these trying times. We're reopening in June but have had no regular income or fundraising in over a year. Thanks for your support. Full information is on our website at https://slorrm.com/210626.html.

Join us at the Friends of SMVRR Online Virtual Gala this Saturday evening.   Details for registering and joining the Zoo...
05/20/2021

Join us at the Friends of SMVRR Online Virtual Gala this Saturday evening. Details for registering and joining the Zoom Event are at
https://www.friends-smvrr.org/gala.html .

Join us via Zoom on Saturday May 22nd at 6:00 PM for our Annual Fundraiser Gala and Auction. We will host the Gala LIVE from the Fountain Pavilion at the Santa Maria Fairplex and you can participate in the fun via ZOOM and help us raise much needed funds for the Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad as we continue our mission to preserve, improve and interpret the historic and contemporary aspects of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad. We will have our traditional Awards Presentation for the G. Allan Hancock Historic Preservation Award and the Railroad Public Safety Award. We will have Auction Items to bid on during the event and you can make donations online any time! Due to Covid-19, last year's event was cancelled making the only fundraiser this year so important! Sign up now for $25 per person.

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03/02/2021

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The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum was founded as a regional non-profit educational museum for the public benefit. We are preserving the railroad history of California and the Central Coast by collecting, restoring and displaying artifacts as well as operating historic railroad equipment.

Online Meeting: Coast Corridor Rail Study:   The Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad are hosting a Zoom meeting T...
02/17/2021

Online Meeting: Coast Corridor Rail Study: The Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad are hosting a Zoom meeting Thursday evening Feb 18, 2021 at 6 pm about future rail passenger service on the Central Coast. They’ll have a Presentation/Discussion with Anna Devers of SLOCOG (San Luis Obispo Council of Governments) about expanding rail service on the Central Coast and the ongoing Coast Corridor Rail Study. This Coast Rail Corridor Study will examine both commuter and intercity rail service options to identify plans for future rail travel within the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara regions and beyond. For reading before the meeting visit the SLOCOG website at https://www.coastrailstudy.com/overview/ .

Zoom Meeting ID: 969 9341 2926
Zoom Passcode: 017633
Link to the Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96993412926?pwd=a2FuVU50WlBMUXVEek01YlhLcWJ0Zz09

02/15/2021

SLO TRAIN DAY 2021 in-person activities have been cancelled.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, SLO Train Day 2021 on Saturday May 8, 2021 has been changed to an all virtual event. All in-person activities are cancelled. The primary activity is an online presentation about the History of the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum. This will be an online Parlor Car Chat at 10am PDT. For more details about this event, go to https://slorrm.com/parlor-car-chats.html #210508. For more details about our Parlor Car Chat series, go to https://slorrm.com/parlor-car-chats.html .

02/03/2021

Did you know that the Pacific Coast Railway had tracks on the Avila Pier. When the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum opens again to the public (after Covid) come learn about this and see the model. The volunteers at the museum work endless hours making an accurate portrayal of the railway on the pier and in the town of Avila. John Marchetti spent hours in his garage working on this prior to the museum opening. The model is still a work in progress. Hope we will be able to share soon.

02/02/2021

Here is the latest info about the UP/Amtrak track closure heading south from SLO to LA . . . .

Don't forget about the Swanton-Pacific Parlor Car Chat Saturday morning January 9 at 10 am.   It's a free live online vi...
01/09/2021

Don't forget about the Swanton-Pacific Parlor Car Chat Saturday morning January 9 at 10 am. It's a free live online virtual presentation. For more info or to join the meeting, check out our Parlor Car Chat webpage at https://slorrm.com/parlor-car-chats.html .

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum.
12/25/2020

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum.

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Happy Holidays !

The museum will be closed Christmas Eve day (Saturday Dec 24) and New Year's Eve day (Saturday Dec 31).

See you again on Saturday January 7th!
We just posted our Winter 2022 issue of Coast Mail, the Museum's newsletter:https://www.slorrm.com/media/coast_mail_v82.pdf
The "big" day at the museum is Saturday October 8 from 10am to 4pm.
Don't forget about our "BBQ Dinner To-Go" on October 8, 2022 https://www.facebook.com/events/edit/849535462942329.
Pick up your dinner from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Museum.
Pre-order and pay at https://www.slorrm.com/2022-BBQ.html
You must pre-order your dinners by Sunday, October 2nd.

Food provided by Railroad BBQ Co for $25/meal consisting of
Sliced Santa Maria BBQ Tri Tip
BBQ Chicken
Mixed Green Salad
Ranch Dressing
Beans
Garlic Bread
Container/Utensils
Railroad Museum Online Fundraising Auction

For information on the auction and BBQ go to https://www.slorrm.com/221008-auction.html
and to bid on items go to our auction site at https://onlinefundraiser.events/October2022CCRRFAuction

Join in the fun this year to raise funds for getting our Southern Pacific Railroad box car #28148 across the finish line. Over the years, slowly but surely, the car has been entirely renovated except for the door - the one last piece of the renovation project. Once the finished door is in place, we need to move the completely renovated car to the Museum display track. And ultimately, create a new exhibit inside the car: "The People of the Southern Pacific Railroad - Central Coast." This is envisioned as a display to honor the men and women of the SPRR who worked here on the Central Coast, especially those who gave their lives working on the railroad.
Railroad Museum Auction and BBQ

Join in the fun this year to raise funds for getting our Southern Pacific Railroad box car #28148 across the finish line. Over the years, slowly but surely, the car has been entirely renovated except for the door - the one last piece of the renovation project. Once the finished door is in place, we need to move the completely renovated car to the Museum display track. And ultimately, create a new exhibit inside the car: "The People of the Southern Pacific Railroad - Central Coast." This is envisioned as a display to honor the men and women of the SPRR who worked here on the Central Coast, especially those who gave their lives working on the railroad.

For information on the auction and reserving a BBQ dinner, go to https://www.slorrm.com/221008-auction.html .
Last call for your photos -- SLORRM Photo Contest submission deadline is this Thursday Sept 15 at 5:00 PM PT.
Submit your photos to the 2022 SLORRM Photo Contest. This Photo Contest is being run in conjunction with the 2022 Central Coast Railroad Festival (CCRRF). The deadline is September 15, 2022 at 5:00pm PDT.

The theme of this year's contest is "preserving the railroad history of the Central Coast".

Full details and submission information is on the SLORRM website at https://www.slorrm.com/221007-Photo-Contest.html .
We wish you a very Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful and amazing holiday!
As part of the Railroad Festival, the RR museum will be open on Saturday from 10am to 4 pm.
The Railroad Museum is fully open again -- watch the KSBY story --- https://www.ksby.com/news/local-news/san-luis-obispo-railroad-museum-fully-reopens
Drive-Thru BBQ Dinner and Online Auction Fundraiser: The BBQ dinner order deadline is rapidly approaching. Order your BBQ dinner before noon Monday June 21, and then pick it up anytime between 4 and 7 PM on Saturday June 26. Help raise funds for the railroad museum during these trying times. We've reopened but have had no regular income or fundraising in over a year.

We also have a silent online auction as part of this fundraiser. The auction is online at https://event.auctria.com/fa847bdd-6a79-4212-bbcb-486d6e9c8bec/. Bid anytime online and then pick up your item when you pick up your dinner next Saturday.

Full BBQ dinner and auction information is on our website at https://slorrm.com/210626.html. Thank you for your support.