To Shiny Rails


SLO Train Day

by on May.13, 2017, under Amtrak, Friends-SMVRR, SLORRM, SMVRR

Probably the 2nd largest day at the SLO Railroad Museum (behind the Central Coast Railroad Festival, perhaps). Lots of activities and people. Notables this year included a new exhibit opening of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad, a presentation by Cindy Ransick about the new book Historic Santa Maria Valley, an Amtrak talk by Dave Weisman, and considerable progress on the Museum’s model railroad.


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Amtrak, Santa, SLORRM

by on Dec.03, 2016, under Amtrak, SLORRM

Lynn and I took the 4 boys to see Santa at the SLO Railroad Museum. We went by train, of course. All the photos.

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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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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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Puttin’ on the Ritz

by on Apr.23, 2015, under Friends-SMVRR, SLORRM, SMVRR

The Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad had quite the blowout gala tonight at the Monarch Club (Trilogy). We raised some money for the Friends and their first responders program, and for the SLO Railroad Museum’s La Condesa (1926 Pullman car) renovation project. Photos:




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Friends of the SMVRR Tour the SLO Railroad Museum

by on Nov.22, 2014, under Friends-SMVRR, SLORRM

The Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad visited the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum today for a private tour followed by lunch (of course) at Del Monte Cafe (right across the street from the Museum). All  the photos.


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