The Central Coast Railroad Festival is October 1-4, and your family will want to climb aboard! This train-themed festival takes place throughout the county, from Camp Roberts to Oceano, and includes special exhibits, tours, music, art, face painting, food, and more. Here are some highlights of the 4-day festival’s happenings:
San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market: Stop by the booth on Thursday, 10/1 between 6pm and 9pm to toot a locomotive horn and grab a full schedule of the festivals events!
San Luis Obispo Library: The library will be displaying railroad art and photos, the Orange County “N” Gineers will have their model layout running throughout the festival, and there will be presentations on Thursday at 7pm and 8pm.
San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum Head over to the restored 1894 Southern Pacific Freight Depot and check out the Central Coast Railroad Model, music, railroad art, an amtrak display, presentations, face painting, food, and more! There will also be a historic walk of the SLO Railroad Historic District on Saturday. Presentations at the museum on Saturday and Sunday include information on the Pacific Coast Railway, Operation Lifesaver, Amtrak Trails, and more! Here are the museum hours for the festival:
Thursday, 10/1 from 10am to 2pm
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am ton 4pm
Interior admission per day (exterior activities and displays are FREE): $3/adult, $2/child (4-12)
Free: Members, children 3 and under, and people with current Amtrak ticket/receipt.
Camp Roberts Train Station at the Main Museum: See a scale replica of the Camp Roberts Train Station that operated during World War II on Thursday or Saturday between 9am and 4pm. Admission is free.
Paso Robles Pioneer Museum: See some special railroad exhibits Thursday-Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.
Atascadero Library: See the ‘History of Central Coast Railroads’ presentation on Thursday at 6:30pm.
Central Coast Trains, Atascadero: See display layouts in HO, N and O scale on Thursday and Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday from 9am to 4pm.
Obermeyer Ranch Railroad, Atascadero: Check out this model layout that blends Southern Pacific and Santa Fe operations in the mid-1950s on Friday between 10am and 5pm.
PCRy Bike Ride, Jack House, SLO: Ride the old route of the Pacific Coast Railway from San Luis Obispo to Avila with guides to show you its historic sites along the way on Sunday from 9am to 11am.
Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab, Arroyo Grande: Enjoy ice cream while watching the G-scale train travel the perimeter of the shop. The Village Railroad in the AG store has been running since 1981 and includes an engine that replicates a train that traveled through Arroyo Grande in the 1800s. Thursday-Sunday, 1pm-9pm.
Central Valley Model Works, Oceano: Check out this model of the Northern Pacific in Montana that features detailed brass steam locomotives, tuned and weighted to pull scale length trains. Thursday 10am-3pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 10am-3pm.
Oceano Depot: Head over to see the special programs and running model trains by the San Luis Obispo Model Railroad Association. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm.