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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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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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Along the Mainline in Santa Margarita

by on May.17, 2014, under Amtrak, UPRR

I tagged along with Matt to a Safe Food in SLO event in Santa Margarita today to promote food safety awareness and raise money for Jack’s Helping Hand. And lo’ and behold if the park venue wasn’t adjacent to the coast mainline! I got some shots of a passing auto rack train and a Coast Starlight with three PVs on the rear. All the photos: http://JF2.com/140517/ 140517-5962 140517-6281

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Interesting Trains at SLO

by on Jan.18, 2012, under UPRR

Just happened to go by the SLO Amtrak Station…

January 18, 2012… A train of DODX flats with tanks. Looked like a unit train.

January 13, 2012… A Union Pacific Special.

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SMVRR Hosts Hazmat Training

by on Oct.19, 2011, under SMVRR, UPRR

The Santa Maria Valley Railroad hosted hazmat training by TRANSCAER at its Betteravia yard (SMVRR headquarters). Photos include the UP 1983 heritage Western Pacific locomotive that brought the train to Guadalupe. http://SMVRR.com/111018.html

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UPRR Short Line Workshop in Omaha

by on Aug.28, 2011, under Amtrak, SMVRR, UPRR

This was quite a trip. Went to KC to visit family a little and get caught up on Dad’s backyard railroad. Then on to Omaha for the “main event”, Union Pacific’s Short Line Workshop. The first day (Sunday) was all fun stuff, a train ride on eight of UP’s heritage fleet cars followed by a reception at the Joslyn Art Museum. Monday and Tuesday morning were the workshop itself. And did I mention that I took the Pacific Surfliner SLO-Burbank in order to catch Southwest flights?… Lots of photos: http://jf2.com/110826/110828.html

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