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2017 San Luis Obispo Train Day

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us at the museum on Saturday, May 13th, for San Luis Obispo Train Day. Event activities at the historical Freighthouse will include running model trains, railroad swap meet, kids' activities, music, railroad art (including Rod Aszman), photography, Amtrak display, and railroad films, as well as various presentations and tours.

Admission is $3 per per visitor 16 and over, $2 per visitor aged four through 15, and those aged 3 and under are free. (You can join at the door.)

See you on SLO Train Day at the Museum!

Day's Schedule

10:00 AM
- Event Opens, Museum Opens, Model Railroad Opens
- Swap Meet Starts on Museum Platform
- Railroad Artwork on Museum Platform, including Rod Aszman
- Railroad films start in Presentation Area
- Coffee & Pastries for sale at North End of Museum
- Santa Maria Valley Railroad Exhibit debut
10:30 AM
- The Santa Maria Valley Railroad, presentation by president Rob Himoto
- Music by the South Street Roundhouse Band (throughout the day)
11:30 AM

- Tacos and Hot Dogs for sale by Tia Juanita's at the North End of Museum

- Emily Street Tour with Brad LaRose, gather at the North end of the Freight House

12:00 PM

- Semaphore Signal Sign Dedication, in memory of Arnold Jonas, everyone's welcome, at the sign

12:30 PM

- "Historic Santa Maria Valley" by Cindy Ransick. Book presentation and signing. More info...

1:00 PM
- Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner passes the Museum's back platform (northbound)
2:00 PM

- Amtrak: Past, Present, and Future, a talk by David Weisman now in his 10th year as a volunteer Amtrak station host for SLO. Also, he will provide helpful travel tips for Central Coast residents, including using the trains as a convenient - and car free - way to get to major airports to the south and north, daytime excursions to Santa Barbara that can be fun for all ages, and other overnight train travel options (like Portland or the Grand Canyon—also "car free"). Mr. Weisman will answer any audience questions on all things Amtrak - from current dining car menu selections to policies on luggage, unaccompanied minors, and great discounts. Mr. Weisman answers this one first: Yes, the steak in the dining car is very good, especially medium rare!

- Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner passes the Museum's back platform (southbound)

3:20 PM
- Amtrak's Coast Starlight passes the Museum's back platform (southbound)
3:35 PM
- Amtrak's Coast Starlight passes the Museum's back platform (northbound)
4:00 PM
- Event and Museum Closes

The Museum's new semaphore signal sign will be dedicated at 12pm in memory of Arnold Jonas. Gather at the sign, everyone's welcome.

See 2016 SLO Train Day photos.