Welcome to Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad

The mission of the Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad (SMVRR) is to preserve, improve, and interpret historical and contemporary aspects of the SMVRR. We provide our members and the public with educational programs such as history, current business practices, and trends related to railroading in general and the SMVRR in particular. Friends also conducts various activities such as field trips, tours, and travel. Friends is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization. See About. We welcome your Donations to Friends! Read our latest COVID-19 Update.


Current Activities:



August 20, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Annual Friends BBQ and Open House at the SMVRR

Join us for the annual Santa Maria Valley Railroad Open House and BBQ at the Osburn Rail Yard on Saturday, August 20 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be yard and shop tours along with demonstrations. Come see the progress on the continuing expansion of the Osburn Yard. We will once again have our popular Santa Maria style tri-tip and chicken BBQ for a donation of only $25.00 per person.
Membership in Friends is required.
Full details and online payment on the BBQ Page.

Deadline: September 1, 2022
RAIL PHOTO CONTEST

Here's your opportunity to showcase your favorite Santa Maria Valley Railroad photographs and win cash prizes!
First, second, and third place winners will be selected in each category.
The winning photos will be showcased in the Friends Fall 2022 Newsletter.
Stay tuned to this page for details which will be posted soon.



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