To Shiny Rails


Art After Dark at SLORRM

by on Jul.07, 2017, under Amtrak, BCWRR, CCRRF, Friends-SMVRR, PBJRR, PCRR, SLORRM

The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum (SLORRM) joined up with the SLO Art After Dark program to exhibit painters, photographers, and videographers of railroad-themed works. And there was a slideshow there of my photos. Fabulously successful event for the Museum! That’s my slideshow running in the upper-right portion of the photo. Here’s the SLORRM webpage.

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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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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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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!┬áKevin 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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SMVRR Open House and BBQ

by on Jun.20, 2015, under Friends-SMVRR, SMVRR

On Saturday of the Open House and BBQ Weekend for the Friends of the SMVRR Railroad, everyone gathered at the railroad headquarters located at the site of the old sugar mill in Betteravia. We enjoyed a Santa Maria Style BBQ, Kevin’s famous Betteravia townsite tour, and a presentation about today’s Santa Maria Valley Railroad. Photos:


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Guided Photoshoot on the SMVRR

by on Jun.19, 2015, under Friends-SMVRR, SMVRR

On Friday afternoon of the Open House and BBQ Weekend for the Friends of the SMVRR Railroad, six Friends ventured out into the field to chase a 32-car SMVRR train inbound from Guadalupe. All the pics are here:


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