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:



May 21, 2022 at 5:30 PM
7th Annual Dinner Gala and Silent Auction

JOIN US FOR A FUN FILLED EVENING and support the Friends as we continue our efforts to preserve the history of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad and its impact on the Santa Maria Valley. It will be held on Saturday, May 21st at 5:30 p.m. in the Fountain Pavilion at the Santa Maria Fair Park. PLEASE RSVP no later than WEDNESDAY May 18th.
Full details and online registration on the Gala Page.

June 18, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Field Trip to Roadamite

Come along as we explore the Santa Maria Valley Railroad’s right of way south-eastward from Santa Maria into the hills to Roadamite, the railroads original reason for construction. You must be a Friends member and RSVP in advance to participate in the field trip.
Full details on the Activities Page.
RSVP at info@Friends-SMVRR.org or by phone 805-614-7093.

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 on the Activities Page.
RSVP to info@Friends-SMVRR.org or call 805-614-7093.



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