After 20 year of hard work railroad enthusiasts were finally be able to check out the new San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum. The museum hosted a grand opening on Saturday as part of the fifth annual Central Coast Railroad Festival. It’s the first museum of its kind on the Central Coast.
The museum is located in a former freighthouse at 1940 Santa Barbara St., San Luis Obispo near the Amtrak station. Attendees were given special tours of the museum, and presentations by railroad experts and enthusiasts. Inside the 5,000-square-foot museum, visitors can check out antiques and artifacts from the golden age of railroads.
In March 2012 organizers began a capital fundraising campaign to complete the restoration and interior improvements to the historic 1894 Freighthouse as the permanent home of the Museum. They received over $25,000 in gifts and pledges. While they still have a long way to go, it is a great start, organizers said on their website. The funding allows them to keep their contractor working to complete the new rooms and spaces that will house and exhibit our artifacts, equipment, collections, archives and miniature model railroad.
The San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum was founded as a regional non-profit educational museum for the public benefit. The are working to preserve the railroad history of California and the Central Coast by collecting, restoring and displaying artifacts as well as operating historic railroad equipment.
Photos by Jack Erhart