On Saturday, May 7, 2011, The Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad in conjunction with the Santa Maria Valley Railroad, San Luis Obispo Model Railroad Association, Guadalupe Historical Society, Amtrak, and the Guadalupe Chamber of Commerce, will celebrate National Train Day by hosting public tours of the former Santa Maria Valley Railroad Caboose #210 located at the downtown Guadalupe, California Amtrak Station.

The Caboose will be open from 11am to 3pm (last year was the first time in nearly 20 years). Visitors may enjoy a step back into the railroad history of Guadalupe and the entire Santa Maria Valley. Information about the various railroading activities in the area will be available.

SMVRR Caboose No. 210 was acquired by the Guadalupe Chamber of Commerce and the City of Guadalupe from the Santa Maria Valley Railroad for a display at the Guadalupe Amtrak Station.  Last year volunteers from the Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad worked to clean up the caboose and repair the flooring inside the caboose.  The Santa Maria Valley Railroad assisted with technical support on repairs of the caboose.  The Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserve, improve, and interpret the historical aspects of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad.

Volunteers from the Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad and representatives from the Santa Maria Valley Railroad will be on hand at the caboose during National Train Day.  On display inside the caboose are tools and artifacts on loan from the Santa Maria Valley Railroad.

The Caboose Open House is part of the National Train Day Celebration.  The Guadalupe Chamber of Commerce, Guadalupe Historical Society, City of Guadalupe, and Amtrak will also be present and part of the festivities at the Guadalupe Amtrak Station.  There will be live music, displays, and a model railroad layout along with the open house of SMVRR Caboose 210.

The Guadalupe Amtrak Station is currently served by two northbound Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and two southbound Amtrak Pacific Surfliner passenger trains daily.  The Amtrak station is adjacent to the Union Pacific Guadalupe yard, serving rail customers in the Central Coast and interchanging with the Santa Maria Valley Railroad.

For more information contact Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad, P.O. Box 1031, Santa Maria, CA 93456-1031 or email info@friends-smvrr.org.  Visit the Friends website at www.friends-smvrr-org.

Contact:

Kevin O’Roark – President

Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad

(805) 938-6325

Jamie Foster – Business Development Director

Santa Maria Valley Railroad

(805) 458-6175