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. More information is on our About page. We welcome your Donations to Friends!

Current Activities:

Gala 2023 Emcee - photo

9th Annual Dinner Gala and Silent Auction
a Big Success!

The 9th Annual Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad Dinner Gala was held on Saturday May 18, 2024 to it largest attendance. Emcee and President of the Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad Garret Matsuura welcomed the record crowd at the Dominion Barn less than a quarter of a mile away from the former Eastern Branch of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad. Several awards and scholarships were presented along with a silent auction ending with a live auction closed out a successful night.   Photos and Story on the Gala Page.

Sample Locomotive Printout

Preservation of SMVRR Blueprints

The Friends of SMVRR have begun the task of scanning and archiving blueprints and drawings from the age of steam. These engineering blueprints are of the steam locomotives that were previously in service on the Santa Maria Valley Railroad. Help us preserve the original SMVRR Steam Era Blueprints.
Details are on Blueprint Preservation page.

Photo Contest Sample

Rail Photo Contest

Our Annual SMVRR Photo Contest has been completed. Congratulations to the winners of this years contest and thanks to everyone who submitted photos. View all the winners of the 2023 photo contest on the 2023 Photo Contest page. Start thinking about entering your photos in our 2024 photo contest -- details are here.


We welcome new sponsors to
expand our programs and tours,
and fund educational activities.

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