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!
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RAIL PHOTO CONTEST

1801 is running again. Submission deadline extended to October 1, 2022.
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 Newsletter and next years BBQ.
Submit your photos by October 1, 2022.
Full details are available on the Photo Contest page.



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