To Shiny Rails


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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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 Tour the SMV History Museum

by on Feb.21, 2015, under Friends-SMVRR, PCRR, SMVRR

The Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad visited the Santa Maria Valley Historical Museum today for a private tour followed by lunch (of course) at The Swiss (just north of Main on Broadway). Photos:


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Huntington Excursion

by on Aug.31, 2014, under Amtrak, SMVRR, UPRR

Lynn and I thoroughly enjoyed a fabulous Labor Day weekend excursion aboard the private railcar Silver Lariat and exploring the Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena. It was a business excursion for the Santa Maria Valley Railroad, which also explains why the Huntington was the destination – as in Henry Huntington, railroad baron. It’s the sort of place where you could spend a week and still not do it justice. Below are a smattering of pics from the trip. We stayed at the the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena; this place is a story on its own. If you’re interested in seeing the entire gallery of photos, just let me know.









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Electrified Portion of the PCRy

by on Aug.23, 2014, under Friends-SMVRR, PCRy, SMVRR

A handful of us toured the electrified portions of the Pacific Coast Railway under the very capable leadership of Kevin. All the photos are here.


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Friends BBQ at the SMVRR

by on Jun.14, 2014, under Friends-SMVRR, SMVRR

140614-7495About 30 friends joined us at the railroad headquarters in Betteravia for a Santa Maria-style (tri-tip and chicken) Friends Fundraising BBQ Social from 11am to 2pm. Lunch included beans, garlic bread, drinks, and dessert. We celebrated summer and the upgrades and updates to the Santa Maria Valley Railroad’s locomotives! With the railroading getting busier and busier, there may not be too many more opportunities to get quite this close. The day’s activities included Kevin leading a group of Friends on his ever-popular tour of the Betteravia Townsite. All the photos:

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