South Coast Railroad Museum
300 N. Los Carneros Road
Goleta, CA  93117

(805) 964-3540
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8/6/14 - Free Train Rides This Weekend
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Ride the miniature-train and handcar free this weekend at the railroad museum, compliments of The Towbes Group.  Email
7/23/14 - Take the Vintage Rail Daytrip on the “Central Coast Flyer” -- Saturday Aug. 2
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Take a scenic one-day train ride on the “Central Coast Flyer” on Sat., Aug. 2, 2014 aboard the historic Vista Dome car, Silver Splendor. Sights and Points-Of-Interest during the trip include the breathtaking Gaviota Coast, the legendary surfing beaches of the Hollister and Bixby ranches, Point Conception, the massive launch sites of Vandenberg AFB, the vineyards of the Edna Valley, state and county beach parks, a variety of wildlife and botanical wonders, and a lot more.


Boarding Information: Passengers may board in either Santa Barbara or Goleta. Travel times are as follows: Depart Santa Barbara (SB) at 10:22 a.m. (Goleta 10:34). Arrive San Luis Obispo (SLO) at 1:00 p.m. Depart SLO at 1:55 p.m. Arrive SB at 4:32 p.m. (Goleta 4:17).

Tickets: only $102. Receive a $3 per passenger discount by making your purchase through the museum's Online Store at http://goletadepot.org/ride. If you prefer not to purchase your tickets through the online store, please call Terry, our reservation specialist, at 805/680-0397 (9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.). You will receive your souvenir tickets at the station before you board the train. Tickets are not issued in advance of the date of travel. Your name(s) will be listed on the passenger manifest. Please bring your online store receipt with you as additional proof of purchase.

Food & Beverage: Complimentary soft drinks, coffee, and a light snack are included. Passengers are responsible for any additional food. No food is available for purchase on the train. You may bring your own box or bag lunch to eat enroute or during our brief stop in San Luis Obispo. You may also detrain at the Grover Beach Amtrak station and have lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. (There is some walking involved with the Grover Beach option. Those requiring the aid of a walker are encouraged to remain on the train to San Luis Obispo.)

Additional Trip Information will be sent to you via your email address.

Accessibility: None of the railcars used in the museum program are wheelchair accessible. As historic passenger vehicles, they are exempt from compliance with ADA requirements.

Children On Board: Passengers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. In accordance with Amtrak policy, all children must be closely supervised by their adult guardian at all times, including any time they are moving about the car. Children may not enter the vestibule areas of the car, or exit the car, unless escorted by their adult guardian.

About The Car: Built by the Budd Co. in 1956 as Chicago, Burlington & Quincy No. 4735, this stainless steel car raced between Chicago and Denver on a daily basis until 1980, the last nine years under Amtrak ownership. Originally named Silver Buckle, she was part of the last two complete conventional train sets to be ordered new in the pre-Amtrak era, traveling more than 4.5 million miles.


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Venue ... South Coast Railroad Museum  Website
6/19/14 - Save the Dates! Free Miniature-Train Rides in July and August
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Free miniature-train rides will be given to South Coast Railroad Museum visitors on Saturday, July 19 and Saturday, Aug. 23. Visitors may ride as often as they like. The rides will operate continuously from 1:00 to 3:45 p.m. The event is made possible by a generous contribution from Fairview Car Wash. The 1/2-mile-long “Goleta Short Line” ride around the museum grounds takes about nine minutes. It is suitable for all ages, except the very young and very old. In the interest of safety, all train riders must be meet the minimum 34-inch height requirement. Admission to the railroad museum is also free; donations are appreciated.
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Venue ... South Coast Railroad Museum  Website
6/13/14 - Rotary Day -- Free Rides for Dads -- Fathers Day, June 15
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Free miniature train and handcar rides for all museum visitors. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime. Minimum-height requirements: Train-Ride, 34 inches; Handcar-Ride, 48 inches.
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Venue ... South Coast Railroad Museum  Website
5/23/14 - Ride the Central Coast Flyer -- tomorrow -- to San Luis Obispo and back
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This is a special opportunity to enjoy the experience of riding two historic American railcars during a scenic one-day roundtrip excursion up the coast to San Luis Obispo. Seating is limited to only 52 passengers, who will ride the historic railcars, Acoma and Overland Trail. All passengers will ride one of the cars in the morning and the other car during the afternoon return, changing cars during the midday stopover in San Luis Obispo.
Both railcars have an impressive pedigree. Consider Acoma. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad started upgrading its premier train, the Super Chief, “The Train Of The Stars,” to new lightweight “streamliner” cars in 1937. It began with just one train set, consisting of eight stainless-steel cars manufactured by the Budd Co. Acoma was one of those first eight cars. The new streamlined Super Chief traveled between Los Angeles and Chicago, making one round trip a week. The streamlined Super Chief was pulled by diesel locomotives sporting the now-famous “warbonnet” paint scheme. Each car, including Acoma, featured an interior uniquely decorated with a Southwest motif.
Today, Acoma is the only car from this first stainless-steel Super Chief train set that remains in active service. Only two of Acoma's sister cars survive: the dining car, Cochiti, which is showcased at the California State Railroad Museum, and the observation car, Navajo, proudly displayed at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Acoma was named in tribute to the people of the ancient Native American pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico. The pueblo was built atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff where its inhabitants could be forewarned of possible attack. Founded in about 1150 A.D., Acoma pueblo has earned the reputation as the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. The mesa-top settlement is known worldwide for its unique art and rich culture. This artistic inspiration is evident throughout much of the design of the Acoma railcar's interior. Overland Trail is a 39-seat club lounge, built by the Pullman company for the Southern Pacific Railroad and delivered in 1949. Originally designated SP 2981, the car served on the San Francisco Overland, a train jointly operated by the Southern Pacific, Union Pacific, and Chicago & North Western railroads between San Francisco and Chicago. Overland Trail was featured in the Travel Channel’s “Tricked Out Trains” (2013) television show and the car's interior was the setting for a key scene in Clint Eastwood’s award-winning film, “Flags of Our Fathers” (2006). Today, elements of the original Flags set decoration, including two large railroad murals, still furnish part of Overland Trail’s interior. Overland Trail was also an invited participant in the 100th anniversary celebration for New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. The railroad museum will have members of its corps of guide-interpreters aboard both cars to provide narrative and answer questions about local history, points-of-interest, things-to-do, and the natural history of the area traveled. The public is invited to participate in this unique travel experience, offered for a fraction of the usual cost of private railcar travel.
Passengers will be able to board at either the Santa Barbara or Goleta Amtrak stations. The scheduled departure both days is 10:22 a.m. (Santa Barbara; Goleta from 10:34), arriving in San Luis Obispo at 1:00 p.m. The return trip will begin at 1:55 p.m., arriving in Santa Barbara at 4:32 p.m. (Goleta 4:17). Besides the chance to ride two historic rail cars in a single day, the trip will be a great opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views and sites along the beautiful route between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, including the majestic Gaviota Coast, Santa Barbara Channel Islands, the legendary surfing beaches of the Hollister and Bixby ranches, Point Conception, Vandenberg AFB, Guadalupe Dunes, Pismo Beach, the Edna Valley wine country, a number of state and county beach parks, and more.
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Venue ... Santa Barbara (or Goleta) Train Station  Website
5/8/14 - Ride the Central Coast Flyer on May 24th
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This is a special opportunity to enjoy the experience of riding two historic American railcars during a scenic one-day roundtrip excursion up the coast to San Luis Obispo. Seating is limited to only 52 passengers, who will ride the historic railcars, Acoma and Overland Trail. All passengers will ride one of the cars in the morning and the other car during the afternoon return, changing cars during the midday stopover in San Luis Obispo.
Both railcars have an impressive pedigree. Consider Acoma. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad started upgrading its premier train, the Super Chief, “The Train Of The Stars,” to new lightweight “streamliner” cars in 1937. It began with just one train set, consisting of eight stainless-steel cars manufactured by the Budd Co. Acoma was one of those first eight cars. The new streamlined Super Chief traveled between Los Angeles and Chicago, making one round trip a week. The streamlined Super Chief was pulled by diesel locomotives sporting the now-famous “warbonnet” paint scheme. Each car, including Acoma, featured an interior uniquely decorated with a Southwest motif.
Today, Acoma is the only car from this first stainless-steel Super Chief train set that remains in active service. Only two of Acoma's sister cars survive: the dining car, Cochiti, which is showcased at the California State Railroad Museum, and the observation car, Navajo, proudly displayed at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Acoma was named in tribute to the people of the ancient Native American pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico. The pueblo was built atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff where its inhabitants could be forewarned of possible attack. Founded in about 1150 A.D., Acoma pueblo has earned the reputation as the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. The mesa-top settlement is known worldwide for its unique art and rich culture. This artistic inspiration is evident throughout much of the design of the Acoma railcar's interior. Overland Trail is a 39-seat club lounge, built by the Pullman company for the Southern Pacific Railroad and delivered in 1949. Originally designated SP 2981, the car served on the San Francisco Overland, a train jointly operated by the Southern Pacific, Union Pacific, and Chicago & North Western railroads between San Francisco and Chicago. Overland Trail was featured in the Travel Channel’s “Tricked Out Trains” (2013) television show and the car's interior was the setting for a key scene in Clint Eastwood’s award-winning film, “Flags of Our Fathers” (2006). Today, elements of the original Flags set decoration, including two large railroad murals, still furnish part of Overland Trail’s interior. Overland Trail was also an invited participant in the 100th anniversary celebration for New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. The railroad museum will have members of its corps of guide-interpreters aboard both cars to provide narrative and answer questions about local history, points-of-interest, things-to-do, and the natural history of the area traveled. The public is invited to participate in this unique travel experience, offered for a fraction of the usual cost of private railcar travel.
Passengers will be able to board at either the Santa Barbara or Goleta Amtrak stations. The scheduled departure both days is 10:22 a.m. (Santa Barbara; Goleta from 10:34), arriving in San Luis Obispo at 1:00 p.m. The return trip will begin at 1:55 p.m., arriving in Santa Barbara at 4:32 p.m. (Goleta 4:17). Besides the chance to ride two historic rail cars in a single day, the trip will be a great opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views and sites along the beautiful route between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, including the majestic Gaviota Coast, Santa Barbara Channel Islands, the legendary surfing beaches of the Hollister and Bixby ranches, Point Conception, Vandenberg AFB, Guadalupe Dunes, Pismo Beach, the Edna Valley wine country, a number of state and county beach parks, and more.
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Venue ... Santa Barbara (or Goleta) Train Station  Website
2/14/14 - Heads Up! Trails & Rails Volunteer Training -- March 8th
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The National Park Service (NPS) and the South Coast Railroad Museum, in cooperation with Amtrak, are offering an exciting opportunity for local volunteers to travel, interpret, and explore West Coast rails. “Trails & Rails” — a nationwide educational program aboard Amtrak trains developed by the National Park Service — has a West Coast version on the Los Angeles-to-Seattle Coast Starlight train. It is coordinated by the South Coast Railroad Museum and carried out by the museum’s volunteers. The Goleta-based museum has conducted educational programs aboard Amtrak trains since the 1980s.
From May through September, Trails & Rails guides will offer a unique travel experience to Coast Starlight passengers, presenting informative talks and public-address announcements about the natural, cultural and historical significance of the route, and points of interest and things to do in the area. Two versions of the program are offered: Some volunteers make their presentations during a one-day Santa Barbara-to-San Luis Obispo roundtrip; other guide teams make an overnight trip to San Jose.
Trails & Rails volunteers do not need to be historians or naturalists. The program sponsors are looking for dedicated and entertaining volunteers with an enthusiasm for public speaking, travel, and human interaction. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, in good health, and available to make an average of at least two one-day trips per month during the five-month period that the program is offered. Uniforms, program materials, travel, meals, and overnight lodging are all provided. Volunteers must attend the all-day orientation and training session, scheduled for Saturday, March 8 and beginning promptly at 8:30 a.m. This training is only offered once a year. The day-long session will conclude at about 4 p.m. Participants may wish to bring a bag lunch.
The March 8 training will be held in the 900 Calle De Los Amigos, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. For more information about the Trails & Rails Program aboard the Coast Starlight, contact: Trails & Rails Coordinator, South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 North Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, CA 93117. Phone: 805-964-3540. Or, via e-mail: info@goletadepot.org.
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Venue ... Valle Verde, Social Room  Website
12/10/13 - Save the Date! “Far Western Tavern Special” Vintage Rail Car Excursion -- 12/28
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This day trip along the Santa Barbara Channel and Central California coastlines will feature two historic rail cars and a lunch from the legendary Far Western Tavern. For more than a half-century, the Far Western Tavern stood as a jewel in the crown of the small town of Guadalupe, Calif. The famous meeting place and watering hole attracted fans from near and far, who came to enjoy the landmark restaurant's unique blend of contemporary California ranch cuisine, inspired by the local tradition of the Santa Maria-style barbecue. In 2013, the Far Western Tavern was relocated to downtown Orcutt, Calif.
On Dec. 28, the Far Western Tavern will make a one-day return to Guadalupe, when delicious lunches, freshly prepared in the Far Western's kitchen, will be delivered to the Guadalupe Amtrak station and loaded aboard the vintage Central Coast Flyer rail cars, for the delight and pleasure of passengers in the museum group. The luncheon menu includes a variety of selections.
The public is invited to take part in this special travel and culinary experience. The museum has chartered two entire rail cars for this trip, Overland Trail and Silver Splendor. Besides the chance to ride in these unique rail cars and enjoy a unique luncheon, this trip will be a great opportunity to see enjoy the spectacular views and sites along the beautiful route between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, including the majestic Gaviota Coast, Santa Barbara Channel Islands, Hollister Ranch, Point Conception, Vandenberg AFB, Pismo Beach, the Edna Valley wine country, a number of state and county beach parks – including El Capitan, Refugio, Gaviota, Ocean Park, and Jalama – and more.
Passengers may board the “Far Western Tavern Special” at either the Santa Barbara or Goleta Amtrak stations. The train is scheduled to depart Santa Barbara at 10:22 (10:32 for Goleta), arriving in San Luis Obispo at 1:00. The return trip, also aboard the Overland Trail, will begin at 2:00 p.m., arriving in Goleta at 4:17 and Santa Barbara at 4:32. Tickets for the “Far Western Tavern Special” rail trip are only $79 for Overland Trail ($89 for Silver Splendor) when purchased through the museum’s online store at goletadepot.org/ride. Beverages and a light snack are included.
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Venue ... Santa Barbara (or Goleta) Train Station  Website
5/31/13 - Save the Date! Rotary Day -- Free Rides for Dads on Father's Day (6/16)
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Free miniature train and handcar rides for all museum visitors. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime. Minimum-height requirements: Train-Ride, 34 inches; Handcar-Ride, 48 inches.
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Venue ... South Coast Railroad Museum  Website
4/19/13 - Volunteer Opportunity Aboard Amtrak Trains
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The National Park Service and the South Coast Railroad Museum, in cooperation with Amtrak, are offering an exciting opportunity for local volunteers to travel, interpret, and explore West Coast rails.
“Trails & Rails” — a nationwide educational program aboard Amtrak trains developed by the National Park Service — has a West Coast version on the Los Angeles-to-Seattle Coast Starlight train.
It is coordinated by the South Coast Railroad Museum and carried out by the museum’s volunteers. The Goleta museum has conducted educational programs aboard Amtrak trains since the 1980s.
The Trails & Rails guides offer a unique travel experience to Coast Starlight passengers, presenting informative talks and public-address announcements about the natural, cultural and historical significance of the route, and points of interest and things to do in the area. Two versions of the program are offered: Some volunteers make their presentations during a one-day Santa Barbara-to- San Luis Obispo roundtrip; some guide teams make a two-day trip to San Jose.
The local Trails & Rails program is being expanded in 2013 during the summer months to include additional overnight trips to San Jose.
A special all-day orientation and training session will be held on Saturday, May 18 for persons interested in joining this volunteer program. Trails & Rails volunteers do not need to be historians or naturalists. The program sponsors are looking for dedicated and entertaining volunteers with an enthusiasm for public speaking, travel, and human interaction.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, in good health, and available to make an average of at least two one-day or two-day trips per month during the eight-month period that the program is offered.
Uniforms, program materials, travel, meals, and overnight lodging are all provided. New volunteers must attend the all-day training. Registration is required. To register online, visit info.goletadepot.org
For more information about the Trails & Rails Program aboard the Coast Starlight, contact: Trails & Rails Coordinator, South Coast Railroad Museum, 300 North Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, CA 93117. Phone: 805-964-3540. Or, via e-mail: museum@goletadepot.org.   Website
4/5/13 - Save the Date! -- Ride the Central Coast Flyer -- Acoma lounge car -- April 20th
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Celebrate spring with friends and family aboard the 1937 club-lounge car, Acoma. Admired as the only restored Super Chief lounge certified by Amtrak to travel on American rails, Acoma's two “sister” cars are both on exhibit in museums. Seating for this trip is limited to only 26 passengers.
Passengers may board in either Santa Barbara or Goleta. Travel times are as follows: Depart Santa Barbara (SB) at 10:22 a.m. (Goleta 10:34). Arrive San Luis Obispo (SLO) at 1:00 p.m. Depart SLO at 1:55 p.m. Arrive SB at 4:32 p.m. (Goleta 4:17).
Complimentary soft drinks, coffee, and light snacks are included. Passengers are responsible for any additional food. No food is available for purchase on the train. You may bring your own box or bag lunch to eat enroute or during our brief stop in San Luis Obispo. You may also detrain at the Grover Beach Amtrak station and have lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. (There is some walking involved with the Grover Beach option. Those requiring the aid of a walker are encouraged to remain on the train to San Luis Obispo.)
You will receive your souvenir tickets at the station before you board the train. Tickets are not issued in advance of the date of travel. Your name(s) will be listed on the passenger manifest. Please bring your online store receipt with you as additional proof of purchase.
Venue: Santa Barbara (or Goleta) Train Station.  Website
2/1/13 - "Super Saturday!" -- Free Train Rides -- February 2
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"Super Saturday!" is an annual event held at the museum before the Super Bowl football game. The event will be Saturday, February 2, 2013. Hours: 1-4 p.m. The event marks the first weekend day of unlimited free miniature-train rides during the year. It is open to the general public.
Venue: South Coast Railroad Museum.  Website
8/28/12 - Save the Date! -- 30th Annual Depot Day -- September 30th
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Depot Day is the day set aside each year for celebrating the preservation of one of the area's leading historical landmarks — the Southern Pacific railroad station building, which was moved on Nov. 18-19, 1981.
The depot was built in 1901 by the Southern Pacific Railroad, during the completion of the Coast Line route connecting the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles. Goleta Depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the official U.S. listing of buildings, sites and other properties declared worthy of preservation.
A highlight of Depot Day will be rides on three different types of railroad vehicles. On the Goleta Short Line miniature-train, passengers may take a nine-minute ride over the recently-expanded half-mile-long railroad, aboard cars pulled by two different miniature engines, both fashioned after actual Southern Pacific Railroad locomotives. Depot Day visitors will also have the opportunity to propel themselves along on the museum's people-powered handcar, or ride on an old inspection car or “speeder,” formerly used on the Ventura Railway. A day-long silent auction will feature about 200 valuable items, including dinners at fine restaurants, luxury hotel stays, tickets to regional performing-arts productions and sporting events, and a wide assortment of wine, goods, services, and gifts for all ages.
Food and refreshments include sausage sandwiches, hot dogs, snacks, soft drinks, and other beverages. Depot Day also affords visitors the rare opportunity to view Goleta Depot's upstairs living quarters, where the station agents and their families once lived. Depot Day visitors will be able to enjoy the museum's regular attractions, including the Southern Pacific bay-window caboose and the model-railroad exhibit, which depicts the Santa Barbara/Goleta areas of the early 20th century.
Venue: South Coast Railroad Museum.  Website
6/4/12 - Public invited on "Central Coast Flyer" Inaurural Trip -- June 30th
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The public is invited to join the South Coast Railroad Museum in celebrating the inaugural run of the “Central Coast Flyer” (CCF) on Saturday, June 30. That’s when two vintage railcars will arrive at the Santa Barbara Amtrak station, at about 10:15 a.m., to take on passengers for an exciting roundtrip adventure along the beautiful Pacific Coast to San Luis Obispo.
Points of interest along the route include the breathtaking Gaviota Coast, the legendary surfing beaches of the Hollister and Bixby ranches, Point Conception, the massive launch sites of Vandenberg AFB, the vineyards of the Edna Valley, state and county beach parks, a wide variety of wildlife and a lot more.
Advance reservations are required. Seats are $69, which includes light snacks, soft drinks and coffee. Discounted fares are available by booking seats through the museum’s online store at http://goo.gl/RQ2XA
Or, reservations can be made and additional information obtained by calling Terry, the museum’s reservation specialist, at 805/680-0397.
Venue: Santa Barbara Train Station.  Website
5/22/12 - Save the Date! -- Rotary Day -- Free Rides for Dads -- June 17
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Free miniature train and handcar rides for all museum visitors. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime. Minimum-height requirements: Train-Ride, 34 inches; Handcar-Ride, 48 inches.
Venue: South Coast Railroad Museum.  Website
4/6/12 - Jump on the Easter Bunny Express -- Tomorrow, Saturday April 7
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Hop Aboard the annual “Easter Bunny Express.” It promises to be a hare-raising egg-sperience for the whole family! The egg-shaped souvenir ticket lists these activities as a “schedule of stops” for every Easter Bunny Express ticketholder.
They include: Wabbit-Twacks Station (to board the museum's miniature train for a half-mile-long ride around the grounds – [all train riders must meet 34-inch minimum-height requirement); Harvey's House (where a cookie and beverage await); and Jack-Rabbit Junction (to enter a drawing for some special prizes). Children's tickets also include: Easter-Bunnyville (to meet the Easter Bunny and select an egg surprise); What's Up Dock (to collect another event souvenir). All tickets will be available at the museum on event day.
Hot sandwiches and refreshments will also be available for purchase during the event.
In the event of rain, the Easter Bunny Express will be held on the following Saturday. Hours and other event information will remain the same.
Venue: South Coast Railroad Museum.  Website
6/10/11 - New Museum Schedule
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Effective July 1, the South Coast Railroad Museum will operate on a 5-day-a-week schedule. Until further notice, the museum will be open 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday. ----- Miniature-train rides will be offered all five days. Train rides on Fridays will continue to be free, compliments of Fairview Car Wash. All riders must meet 34-inch minimum-height requirement. ----- Since January, the museum has been operating on a 3-day, Fri-Sun, schedule.   Website
4/27/11 - Museum Offers Excursion Aboard Vintage Rail Car
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The South Coast Railroad Museum will lead a one-day round-trip excursion aboard the historic railroad car, Colonial Crafts, on Saturday, June 4, 2011. The museum has chartered the entire car for this special trip to San Luis Obispo. The public is invited to participate in this unique travel experience. ----- For the June 4 excursion, passengers may board at either the Santa Barbara or Goleta Amtrak stations. The train is scheduled to depart Santa Barbara at 10:15 (10:27 for Goleta), arriving in San Luis Obispo at 12:45. The return trip, also aboard the Colonial Crafts, will begin at 2:00 p.m., arriving in Goleta at 4:16 and Santa Barbara at 4:31. The museum group size has been limited to 25 passengers. ----- The cost is $69 per person ($65 for museum members), which includes soft drinks and light snacks. Passengers are responsible for any additional food they may desire, which may be carried on board or purchased in San Luis Obispo during the one-hour layover. All proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the railroad museum.   Website
3/24/11 - Save the Date!! April 23rd -- Easter Bunny Express
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Hop Aboard the 19th annual “Easter Bunny Express.” It promises to be a hare-raising egg-sperience for the whole family! The egg-shaped souvenir ticket lists these activities as a “schedule of stops” for every Easter Bunny Express ticketholder. ----- They include: Wabbit-Twacks Station (to board the museum's miniature train for a half-mile-long ride around the grounds – [all train riders must meet 34-inch minimum-height requirement); Harvey's House (where a cookie and beverage await); and Jack-Rabbit Junction (to enter a drawing for some special prizes). Children's tickets also include: Easter-Bunnyville (to meet the Easter Bunny and select an egg surprise); What's Up Dock (to collect another event souvenir). All tickets will be available at the museum on event day. ----- Hot sandwiches and refreshments will also be available for purchase during the event. ----- In the event of rain, the Easter Bunny Express will be held on the following Saturday. Hours and other event information will remain the same.  Website
12/8/10 - South Coast Railroad Museum announces a one-day round-trip excursion aboard the Silver Splendor
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The South Coast Railroad Museum will lead a one-day round-trip excursion aboard the historic Vista Dome car, Silver Splendor, on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. The museum has chartered the entire car for this special trip to San Luis Obispo. The public is invited to participate in this unique travel experience. Vista Dome cars are celebrated for their graceful glass-enclosed rooftop observation rooms, which provide unparalleled views in all directions. “This makes Silver Splendor the perfect venue for enjoying the spectacular views and sites along the beautiful coastal route between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, including the Gaviota Coast, Hollister Ranch, Point Conception, and Vandenberg AFB,” according to South Coast Railroad Museum Director Gary Coombs. The museum group size has been limited to 48 passengers, so that everyone will be guaranteed seating in the 24-seat dome for half of the trip. Those making early reservations will have first choice of riding in the dome either during the north- or south-bound portion of the trip. Built for the Zephyr fleet of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad by the Budd Co. in 1956, this stainless steel car raced between Chicago and Denver on a daily basis until 1980, including the final nine years under Amtrak ownership. Originally named Silver Buckle, she was part of the last two complete conventional train sets to be ordered new in the pre-Amtrak era, traveling more than 4.5 million miles. To learn more about Silver Splendor, visit: http://heritagerailways.us/ For the Feb. 19 excursion, passengers may board at either the Santa Barbara or Goleta Amtrak stations. The train is scheduled to depart Santa Barbara at 10:15 (10:27 for Goleta), arriving in San Luis Obispo at 12:45. The return trip, also aboard the Silver Splendor, will begin at 2:00 p.m., arriving in Goleta at 4:16 and Santa Barbara at 4:31. The cost is $79 per person, which includes soft drinks and light snacks. Passengers are responsible for any additional food they may desire, which may be carried on board or purchased in San Luis Obispo during the one-hour layover. All proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the railroad museum. For more information, or to make reservations, call the museum, 805/964-3540. * * * * *   Website
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