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PCRy Field Trip

by on May.21, 2016, under Friends-SMVRR, PCRy

Kevin led the Friends of the SMVRR on a great field trip of sites along the PCRy right of way from the Santa Maria River to Los Alamos. Full story…


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SLORRM Chinese New Year

by on Feb.20, 2016, under SLORRM

It was a boy outing to the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. Phil Tillman gave a talke about the history of the Chinese in our area, then the Cal Poly Lion Dance Troupe gave a performance out front of the Museum. Pretty cool. All the pics are here.

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“We Built This City”

by on Jan.27, 2016, under Uncategorized

After some introductory remarks and a brief update on the railroad, Rob Himoto presented his new 45-minute slideshow spanning the existence of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad and its impact on the development of the City of Santa Maria. This program was held at the Santa Maria Library’s Shepard Hall (421 S. McClelland Street). All the pics:



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Roadamite “Rare Mileage”

by on Nov.14, 2015, under Friends-SMVRR, PCRy, SMVRR

As usual, Kevin took great care of us as we headed south and east of Santa Maria to track the route of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad to the end of its line at Roadamite and then follow the Pacific Coast Railway right-of-way from Palmer back into town. And we got some “rare mileage” out of the deal!¬†Kevin got permission (and the gate code) from the private property owner where the Roadamite oil loading racks were located. We stood at the very spot that was the end of the line.

All the pics are here.


The right-of-way went just underneath the line indicated.


Lunch at the Garey Store


Just ahead of the group is the end of the line for the SMVRR.

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CSLRA Fall Train Ride

by on Nov.06, 2015, under SMVRR

The California Shortline Railroad Association held its Fall Meeting and Train Ride November 4-6, 2015. We met in San Pedro, toured the harbor by boat, and then took the BNSF Special to San Diego. The next morning we boarded the train for the return to San Pedro. All the pics are here.


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Central Coast Railroad Festival

by on Oct.08, 2015, under Amtrak, CCRRF, PCRR, SLORRM, SMVRR, UPRR

I gave a talk on the SMVRR at the SLO Railroad Museum on Saturday morning. I also gave a talk Thursday evening at the SLO Library entitled “Railroading Galore in the Greater SLO Area” (PDF of the slides). All the photos, schedule, etc. are still available at the CCRRF website. I particularly enjoyed the participation by the Jack House and the SLO History Center.


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