2016 Railroad Festival at the Museum
For a complete Festival schedule (including events at other venues), click here.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Museum opens. Regular admission rates apply. Closes at 4pm.
Wine Rail Excursion to Pomar Junction Winery
's "Train Wreck Friday" featuring Louie Ortega - see details
Saturday, October 8, 2016
1. Museum Opens
, and Model Railroad Opens. $3 admission to inside displays, exterior areas and activities are free.
2. Swap Meet Starts
on Museum Platform
by the South Street Roundhouse Band
4. Railroad art and photography
5. Displays and information
- Operation Lifesaver
- Rod Aszman, painter
- Balloons, Face Painting
- Kids play area
- Museum's Model Railroad
by Tia Juanita's
7. Coffee and treats
by Lighthouse Coffee
Santa Maria Valley Railroad, the local short line - talk by Rob Himoto, President
Author Jim Gregory presents his new book on Arroyo Grande including the impact of the Railroads on the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
1. Author Curtiss Johnson - "The Pacific Coast Railway". Signed copies of his PCRy book are available for purchase at the Museum.
2. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner passes the Museum's back platform (northbound)
3. Winner of Amtrak's Coast Starlight Coloring Contest announced
Tour of Emily Street Restoration Yard, led by Brad LaRose
Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner passes the Museum's back platform (southbound)
Cheri Roe, author, Santa Margarita Historical Society presentation on the Southern Pacific in Santa Margarita during the construction of the Coast Route. Book signing at the conclusion of her presentation.
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Amtrak's Coast Starlights #11 and #14 arrive and depart
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Museum Open. $3 admission to inside, outside areas are free.
The Bishop Peak Spur of the Pacific Coast Railway, presentation by Michael Burrell and Curtiss Johnson.