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Sponsor a Caboose Chair

HELP NEEDED IMMEDIATELY TO RESTORE SOUTHERN PACIFIC CABOOSE #1886. The Museum needs your assistance to reupholster the chairs and desks in the caboose. Details are here.

Phillips 66 Donates $30,000

The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum had always planned to incorporate this significant industry into our exhibits and displays. Our efforts received a very significant boost when the Phillips 66 Company donated $30,000 to the Museum to further this end. Half of the funds will be utilized in the purchase and restoration of a full sized Southern Pacific oil tank car and related information. The second portion will be spent in developing an historic portrayal in model form (CCMR) covering the extraction, transportation and refining of oil in our coastal region. In addition to the models there will be video monitors using photos and voice over which will present the railroad/oil industry information to the Museum visitor.

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Visit the Museum 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10am-4pm

All aboard! Come visit the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum! We've got all manner of displays and artifacts covering topics such as Surf, Santa Maria Valley, Southern Pacific, Amtrak, Port San Luis, the Pacific Coast Railway, Orchard Express, Union Pacific, and more. While you're at the museum, check in on the progress of the Central Coast Model Railroad (CCMR). The museum will include an operating 1200 square foot model railroad which will visually set the context within which local railroads operated. This exhibit seeks to graphically demonstrate the life and times wherein the railroads were directly involved in the economic vitality of local communities and provided the majority of transport for people and freight. This model railroad will depict portions of the Southern Pacific and the entire Pacific Coast Railway as they operated along the California Coast from Gaviota to Paso Robles.


The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum is a regional non-profit educational institution founded to preserve and present the railroad history of California and specifically the Central Coast. Collecting, restoring and displaying relevant railroad artifacts, photographs and documents is its goal. This effort is supplemented by creating models, displays and graphics as well as operating historic railroad equipment to facilitate a better understanding of how railroads have affected our area's social, cultural and economic history.

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