About 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 the historical aspects of the SMVRR. We will provide our members and the public with educational opportunities such as history programs, current business practices, and trends related to railroading in general and the SMVRR in particular. We also preserve and interpret the historical, economic and cultural impact of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad on the Santa Maria Valley and California. Friends is a 501(c)(3) organization where your dues, contributions, and donations are potentially tax deductible based on the law and your circumstances.

Programs and Activities

Generally speaking, the Friends meet quarterly for talks, presentations, and the like. A recent meeting featured an outstanding audio/visual presentation by John Roskoski on Surf, CA. These meetings are currently being held in Shepard's Hall at the Santa Maria Public Library. See Programs.

Our activities usually take the form of field trips and tours regarding current or historical railroading both in the valley as well as beyond the confines of the valley. For example, a group recently toured the San Luis Obispo Historical Railroad District, and a group toured around the Santa Maria area looking at remnants of the Pacific Coast Railway. See Activities.