San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum's 11th annual railroad festival to feature 19 tour layouts

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Sep. 13—The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum will host the 11th annual Central Coast Railroad Festival from Oct. 1 to 3 to celebrate the long history of trains and tracks on the Central Coast.

The museum will kick off the event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, with food from Railroad BBQ Co., railroad vendors and displays, children's activities, a model railroad for kids to operate, music on the platform by South Street Roundhouse and a world-class model railroad developed since the last festival in 2019.

The museum's exhibit area has been revamped since its closure in early 2020 due to the pandemic, a spokesperson said.

In addition to the event lineup at The Oceano Depot, several rail-related locations throughout the region will be open with displays throughout the weekend, including event newcomers Dana Adobe & Cultural Center in Nipomo and Norgrove Railway in Arroyo Grande.

The annual Model Railroad Tour of public and private layouts will this year include a tour of 19 layouts from Paso Robles to Lompoc.

A complete Railroad Festival schedule containing details for all venues can be found at

The annual event is hosted by the City-County library and the Orange County N-Gineers.

For more information, email the Central Coast Railroad Festival director at or call 805-548-1894.

Lisa André covers lifestyles and local news for Santa Ynez Valley News and Lompoc Record.

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