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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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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Portland Business Excursion

by on Jul.12, 2015, under Amtrak, SMVRR

Lynn and I joined Santa Maria Valley Railroad officers and investors on a business excursion to Portland, Oregon aboard the Tioga Pass and the Pacific Sands (behind Amtrak’s Coast Starlight). The trip included at stop at George Lavacot’s place to see the SMV #205 nearing completion. They steamed it up this past January for the first time since 1950. Photos and links:


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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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