To Shiny Rails

Great Lodges by Train

by on Aug.31, 2016, under Amtrak

The four of us took a fantastic trip to Great Lodges of the northwest this August. We road Amtrak’s Coast Starlight to Klamath Falls where we got off and headed over to Oregon Caverns. Then north to Mount Hood and Mount Rainer. We boarded the Starlight in Seattle for the return home. All the photos¬†(lots).

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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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Santa Barbara Zoo by Train

by on Apr.02, 2016, under Uncategorized

Always a great trip. This was Lexi’s first train ride. 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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“We Built This City”

by on Jan.27, 2016, under Uncategorized

After some introductory remarks and a brief update on the railroad, Rob Himoto presented his new 45-minute slideshow spanning the existence of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad and its impact on the development of the City of Santa Maria. This program was held at the Santa Maria Library’s Shepard Hall (421 S. McClelland Street). All the pics:



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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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