What's New (Archived)

  • 2021
  • Aug 29 Updated the Scholarship page for the 2021-2022 cycle.
  • July 13 Posted the Summer 2021 Newsletter.
  • July 9 Updated the Activities and Programs pages.
  • July 8 Posted Photo Contest Details.
  • May 21 Updated the Gala Auction Items.
  • May 11 Posted a preview of Gala Auction Items.
  • Apr 22 Posted the Spring 2021 Newsletter.
  • Apr 6 Added a Donate page.
  • Apr 5 Added two pages: Gala and Visit. Also updated the Activities schedule.
  • Mar 16 Announced an April 22nd online gathering: details.
  • Feb 24 Announced a March 25th online gathering: details.
  • Feb 4 Updated the Activities schedule.
  • Feb 1 Updated the Activities schedule.
  • Jan 19 Posted the Winter 2021 Newsletter.
  • Jan 18 Updated the Activities schedule.
  • Jan 8 Updated the Activities schedule.
  • 2020
  • Dec 28 Updated the Activities schedule (for 2021).
  • Oct 19 Updated the Activities page (10/28 event). Also, posted the Fall 2020 Newsletter.
  • Oct 3 Updated the Betty Himoto Memorial Scholarship Fund page.
  • Oct 1 Announced an October 17th online gathering: details.
  • Aug 9 Updated the Activities schedule (for 2021).
  • Jul 16 Announced a July 18th online gathering: details.
  • Jun 7 Announced a July 11th online gathering: details.
  • May 23 Posted the Spring 2020 Newsletter.
  • Apr 9 Friends announces the Betty Himoto Memorial Scholarship Fund.
  • Mar 24 Posted Oceano Depot Tour and Sacramento Excursion story and photos.
  • Mar 18 Posted COVID-19 Update.
  • Feb 25 Added a "Save the Date" on the Activities page for the 2020 Dinner Gala, May 16th.
  • Jan 28 Added two events on the Activities page. Added a "January 2020 newsletter" to the Newsletter page.
  • 2019
  • Nov 25 Posted the November 2019 Newsletter.
  • Oct 6 Posted "Railfan to Railroader" presentation and dinner on November 13th.
  • Oct 2 Posted photos from the PCRy Field Trip.
  • Aug 20 Posted photos from the August 17th Annual BBQ.
  • Jul 13 Posted details on Activities page for Sacramento excursion. Added "July 2019 newsletter" to Newsletter page.
  • Jul 4 Posted details on Activities page for August BBQ and September PCRy field trip. Added "Complete Report" to 2019 Gala Dinner page.
  • Jun 5 Posted photos from the May 18th Gala.
  • Apr 8 Posted the April 2019 Newsletter.
  • Mar 13 Updated details for the May 18th Gala.
  • Feb 25 Posted photos from the February 23rd electrified PCRy field trip.
  • Jan 30 Posted the December 2018 Newsletter.
  • Jan 21 Posted details for the February 23rd field trip.
  • 2018
  • Dec 19 Posted photos from the 1983 move of SMV #205.
  • Nov 15 Added two railroad route guides to the Activities page (upper left).
  • Oct 8 Added info about the restoration of #21 to the History page.
  • Sept 8 Posted photos from the May 19th Gala Dinner.
  • June 13 Posted photos from the June 9th Roadamite Field Trip.
  • June 1 Added a Post-Gala Press Release to the May 19th Gala info.
  • May 10 Added a Details/Honorees link and an online purchase link to the May 19th Gala info.
  • April 24 Add May 19th Gala Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities forms to the Activities page.
  • April 3 Updated the Activities and Programs pages.
  • 2017
  • May 10 Posted the May 2017 issue of the Newsletter.
  • May 8 Added a reservation form to the May 20th Gala on the Activities page.
  • May 1 Posted some photos from the March 22nd Phil Tillman talk and the April 8-9 Excursion.
  • Apr 26 Added to the Activities page.
  • Mar 21 Updated info on the April excursion on the Activities page.
  • Feb 14 Posted some photos from the recent Work Day at SMVRR.
  • Jan 27 Posted the January 2017 issue of the Newsletter.
  • Jan 14 Updated the Activities and Programs pages.
  • 2016
  • Nov 17 Posted "Save the Date" for the 2017 Annual Fundraising Dinner Gala, May 20, 2017. See Activities.
  • Sep 28 Added the October 1st Friends Volunteer Work Day to the Activities page.
  • Sep 14 Added the September 21st program at the Library to the Programs page.
  • Jun 27 Posted story/photos from the 2nd Annual Fundraising Dinner and Auction on June 18th.
  • May 22 Posted the May 2016 issue of the Newsletter.
  • May 21 Posted photos from the Pacific Coast Railway field trip today.
  • May 8 Added the August 27th BBQ at the Railroad to the Activities page.
  • Apr 13 Added the June 18th Fundraising Dinner to the Activities page.
  • Mar 15 Added a May 21st Pacific Coast Railway Field Trip to the Activities page.
  • Jan 28 Posted photos from the "We Built This City" meeting at the Library on 1/27/16.
  • Jan 7 Posted the January 2016 issue of the Newsletter.
  • Jan 6 Added a March 5th Phillips 66 Refinery Tour to the Activities page.
  • 2015
  • Nov 15 Posted photos from the Roadamite Field Trip on 11/14/15.
  • Oct 26 Scheduled our next Program for Jan 27, 2016, "We Built This City".
  • Oct 5 Posted photos of the Guadalupe Walk 'n' Talk on 9/19/15.
  • Aug 29 Posted the September 2015 issue of the newsletter.
  • Aug 28 Added the Nov 14th Roadamite Field Trip to our Activities page.
  • Aug 26 Added the Central Coast Railroad Festival to our Activities page.
  • Jul 27 Moved Guadalupe City Walk 'n' Talk to September 19th (see Activities).
  • Jul 16 Posted recent photos of #205's Restoration in Oregon.
  • Jun 21 Posted photos from the Friday Photoshoot and the Saturday BBQ.
  • Jun 2 Updated the Activities page.
  • May 14 Added details to the June 19-21 Open House Weekend event on the Activities page.
  • May 14 Added a link to the May 9th SLO Train Day photos on the Activities page.
  • Apr 24 Added photos to the "Puttin' on the Ritz" Gala, 4/23/15.
  • Apr 9 Added press release and schedule to the "Puttin' on the Ritz" Gala set for 4/23/15. Tickets are available.
  • Apr 3 Posted the March 2015 issue of the newsletter
  • Apr 2 Updated the Summer BBQ Weekend information (June 19-21) on the Activities page
  • Feb 21 Posted photos from the Friends Tour of the SMV Historical Museum
  • 2014
  • Dec 21 Posted the December 2014 issue of the newsletter
  • Dec 19 Updated the Activities and Programs pages
  • Nov 22 Posted photos from the Friends Tour of the SLO RR Museum
  • Nov 14 Posted information about our "Puttin' on the Ritz" Gala set for April 23, 2015
  • Oct 8 Posted photos from the October 4th Overland Trail Excursion
  • Sept 20 Posted the September 2014 issue of the newsletter
  • Sept 17 Added a November 22nd field trip to the SLO Railroad Museum to the Activities page
  • Sept 15 Added an October 4th SLO-SB round trip Excursion to the Activities page
  • Aug 23 Posted photos from today's Electrified PCRy Tour
  • Mar 22 Posted photos from our Fillmore & Western Trip
  • Mar 17 Posted the March 2014 issue of the newsletter
  • Mar 14 Added June 14th Friends BBQ at the Railroad to the Activities page
  • Mar 5 Added April 3rd Rail Safety to the Programs page
  • Mar 4 Posted details for the Fillmore/Western trip on March 22nd
  • Feb 22 Posted photos from our Betteravia Branch Tour
  • Jan 22 Posted photos from our Signals Program
  • 2013
  • Dec 24 Posted the December 2013 issue of the newsletter
  • Dec 23 Posted Programs and Activities for 2014.
  • Nov 15 Added a link on the PCRy Tour page to maps of the PCRy
  • Nov 9 We repeated the PCRy Tour (photos from 5/4/13)
  • Sep 14 Posted photos from today's Betteravia Tour
  • Sep 9 Posted the Fall 2013 issue of the newsletter
  • Sep 5 Posted Programs and Activities for Fall.
  • Jun 19 Posted photos from "Recollections of Captain Hancock".
  • Jun 13 Posted photos from the Art After Dark event on June 7th.
  • May 9 Posted the Spring 2013 issue of the newsletter
  • May 4 Posted photos from the May 4th PCRy Field Trip.
  • Apr 25 Added June 19th to the Programs page.
  • Apr 18 The PCRy Field Trip on May 4th is SOLD OUT.
  • Mar 30 Added detail: PCRy Field Trip Santa Maria to Los Alamos on May 4th. Limited seating; RSVP required.
  • Mar 21 Please RSVP for the May 4th PCRy field trip. Limited seating.
  • Mar 7 Updated the Program page/schedule
  • Feb 9 Posted photos from the SLO Railroad District Tour
  • Feb 1 Posted the Winter 2013 issue of the newsletter
  • Jan 31 Updated the Program page/schedule

  • 2012
  • Nov 3 Posted photos from the White Hills Branch Field Trip (10/20/12)
  • Sep 21 Posted the Fall 2012 issue of the newsletter
  • Jul 14 Posted photos from the Roadamite Field Trip
  • Jun 27 Posted photos from today's Quarterly Meeting
  • Jun 11 Details for the June 27 Meeting added to the Program page
  • Jun 6 Updated the Program schedule
  • May 13 Posted photos from National Train Day at Guadalupe. More…
  • May 3 No meeting on the 9th. See you at Guad for National Train Day on the 12th
  • Apr 6 Posted current Newsletter
  • Mar 27 Posted information about May 12 National Train Day
  • Mar 9 See the Program page for Saturday's Work Day and Wednesday's meeting at Petra's
  • Feb 8 Saturday's Work Day is cancelled.

  • 2011
  • Sep 30 Updated the Program schedule
  • Sep 20 Friends/SMVRR to exhibit at SLO Freight House: details
  • Sep 17 Posted Goleta Railroad Days. More…
  • Aug 13 Posted Roadamite Field Trip photos
  • Jul 14 Updated the Program page
  • Jun 11 Work Day Plus!
  • Jun 8 Posted an Announcement about Saturday's Work Day. Also added July 9-10 to the Program page.
  • May 25 Updated the Program page
  • May 10 Saturday's Work Day is canceled (5/14/11).
  • May 7 National Train Day, Caboose #210 Open House at Guadalupe.
  • Mar Announced National Train Day activities at Guadalupe, May 7, 2011.
  • Mar 26 Caboose 210 floor painted.
  • Feb 4 Posted new Newsletter
  • Jan 4 New Program schedule for 2011

  • 2010
  • Nov 20 Overland Trail Excursion.
  • Oct 10 Caboose 210 Open House.
  • Oct 4 No work day this Saturday. Join us at the Caboose #210 Open House on Sunday 10am to 3pm (CCRRF).
  • Sep 11 Caboose 210 floor prep continues.
  • Aug 21 Caboose 210 floor prepped for painting.
  • Aug 18 Details are set for the Nov 20 private car trip. First paid, first served.
  • Aug 8 Announced two upcoming Friends activities:
  • Jul 25 Friends support the SMVRR at Goleta Railroad Days.
  • Jun 6 SMVRR announces 99th Anniversary Celebration to be held July 11, 2010.
  • Jun 2 June 10 program will be "Railroad Financials 101" by Rob Himoto
  • May 8 Caboose 210 Open for National Train Day at Guadalupe's Amtrak Station.
  • May 4 Press Release about National Train Day Celebration at the Guadalupe Amtrak Station this Saturday.
  • May 1 Caboose 210 gets a bath.
  • Apr 3 Caboose #210 floor is repaired.
  • Mar 7 Friends announces National Train Day activities at the Guadalupe Amtrak Station, Caboose #210.
  • Feb 20 Work day on the Caboose
  • Feb 18 Updated the Announcements page
  • Jan 14 James introduces air brakes.
  • Jan 9 Work Day on Caboose #210.

  • 2009
  • Dec 23 Updated the Program schedule
  • Dec 12 Work Day on Caboose #210.
  • Dec 10 Virlon leads a class on track warrants.
  • Sep 10 Track maintenance and inspection.
  • Sep 4 Central Coast Rail Road Festival activities posted (Oct 8-12).
  • Aug 1 Friends had a booth at Goleta Railroad Days.
  • Jul 22 August's Work Day will be on the 15th.
  • Jun 11 The Friends tour a 70-ton locomotive.
  • May 19 Recent Ed Morse pictures of #100 and #1000. More…
  • May 18 Updated the Program schedule.
  • May 8 Posted the May 2009 issue of the Newsletter.
  • Apr 11 Work Day.
  • Mar 14 Work Day.

  • 2008
  • Dec 31 Posted the December 2008 issue of the Newsletter.
  • Dec 31 2nd Saturday Work Days.
  • Oct 9 Friends Open House at the new location.
  • Oct 3 SMVRR at work in Guadalupe.
  • Sep 30 Move from downtown yard is complete.
  • Sep 13 Friends help pack up the blacksmith shop. More…
  • Sep 11 Friends forge deal to acquire the old SMVRR blacksmith shop.
  • Sep 10 Posted an SMVRR Roster (PDF) on the History page.
  • Aug 31 Friends help at the Pacific Coast Railroad.
  • Aug 30 Posted the August 2008 issue of the Newsletter.
  • Aug 16 The Presidents visited the Goleta Railroad Museum.
  • Jul 30 Friends has accepted ownership of the SMVRR Yahoo Group.
  • Jul 11 Posted presentation from yesterday's Program re. the Freight Depot (PDF, 3.5mb)
  • Jun 19 Right On Track, an article about the SMVRR in this day's Santa Maria Sun.
  • May 10 Friends helped at the Pacific Coast Roundup.
  • Mar 10 Posted the March 2008 issue of the newsletter (PDF).
  • Feb 22 Added threader pictures to the steam equipment page (bottom).
  • Feb 5 Miller Street crossing is removed.
  • Jan 29 A rare look into the steam era. More…
  • Jan 29 The MOW carts recently got an extreme makeover. More…
  • Jan 28 SMVRR's No. 70 began life on the A&O. More...
  • Jan 21 SMVRR hauls in 18 freight cars from Guadalupe.
  • Jan 9 Updated the Programs page.

  • 2007
  • Oct 9 A new Battles Street grade crossing went into service on September 6, 2007.
  • Oct 6 Friends help the railroad hold a very successful Open House during the City's Grapes and Grains festival.
  • Sep 25 Updated the Program page. Posted an Announcement.
  • Sep 20 Added Rice Siding Removed.
  • Sep 11 Added the History section.