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Central Coast Railroad Festival showcases local train history this weekend

Railroad Festival celebrates 10th anniversary
Posted: 4:27 AM, Oct 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-04 07:27:41-04
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Calling all train and history lovers: this weekend is the 10th annual Central Coast Railroad Festival .

The main event is Saturday at the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum , near the train station.

Inside the old freight house, there are dozens of interactive exhibits including the sprawling model train room that depicts rail-lines from Lompoc to Paso Robles.

Kids can play at the train tables while adults enjoy wine tasting.

Model train collectors can shop at a swap meet outside the museum.

Out on the tracks, festival-goers can climb aboard real, vintage train cars to learn about what traveling by rail was like decades ago.

"We have something for everybody that day all the way from little kids up to you know the old-timers that want to come and reminisce," said SLO Railroad Museum manager Diane Marchetti.

Admission to the event is $5 for adults, $3 for kids and free for children under 3-years-old.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There are a variety of train-related events happening throughout the weekend.

Tune into KSBY News Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for an in-depth look at Central Coast railroad history and how train travel shaped this place we call home.