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 to get us out into the field. Friends is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization. See About. We welcome your Donations to Friends! Read our latest COVID-19 Update.


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Application Period Now Open

The application period for The Betty Himoto Memorial Scholarship Fund opened September 1, 2021. The application deadline is March 31, 2022.

Congratulations to Our Photo Contest Winners:

SANTA MARIA VALLEY RAILROAD PAST
Winner - Paul Jansson - SMVRR Sugar Beets train to Betteravia
Runner Up - Jay Roberts - Sugar Beet Train at Bragur

SANTA MARIA VALLEY RAILROAD PRESENT
Winner - Christian Schultz. - 1801 and 1322 at Main St in Guadalupe
Runner Up - Alex Gillman - Inbound at the Junction with Yellow Flowers
Honorable Mention - Nikky Lewis - 1322 at Betteravia Turn

CENTRAL COAST U.P. MANIFEST FREIGHT TRAINS SERVING SMVRR
Winner - Alex Gillman - UP North bound on the Coast
Runner Up - John Roskoski - UP South Bound on the Coast
Honorable Mention - Christian Schultz - UP on Cuesta at Serrano Horseshoe
Honorable Mention - Steven James - Tractors on Stenner Creek Trestle

The winning photos are in the Friends Fall 2021 Newsletter: here.



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