Railroad property is private property. For your safety please do not trespass on railroad property including tracks, rail yards, and railroad equipment. Much of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad's line traverses farm land which is private property. If you would like to take pictures and/or videos of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad, please photograph from public property such as the shoulder of a public road or public sidewalk.
Excursions: Due to the increase in freight traffic, the Santa Maria Valley Railroad no longer offers public excursions. We recommend the Filmore and Western Railroad located in Filmore, CA for wonderful dinner excursions, daytime lunch excursions, and special events. They can be reached at 805-524-2546 or www.fwry.com. The 32-mile Filmore and Western Railroad features vintage railcars and equipment, delicious meals, wonderful scenery, and is known as the "movie train railroad" where many railroad scenes are filmed for movies, TV shows, and commercials.
If you are interested in learning more about the Santa Maria Valley Railroad, please consider joining the Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad. It's a great organization to join to learn more about the railroad and its history and also to get involved. The Friends host presentations and field trips. The Friends is a 501(c)(3) organization where donations of historical artifacts of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad can be tax deductible. The Santa Maria Valley Railroad recognizes the Friends as the official organization for the preservation of its history.
One of the Friends projects is preserving the contents of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad's original blacksmith shop.