Swanton Pacific Railroad Open House Events


Swanton Pacific Railroad is open to the public on a limited basis.  Twice a year, generally in April and late September or early October, Cal Poly and the Swanton Pacific Railroad Society hosts open house events that allows the public to ride the 1/3 railroad built by Al Smith.  These events are limited to 500 people and tickets are sold on a first come first served basis.  Ticket sales normally open about a month ahead of the event date. 

Events for 2018

  • Cal Poly Day - This event is in the planning stage. We are working with Swanton Pacific Ranch and the Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences on an enhanced Cal Poly Day event.  Please stay tuned.

You are also welcome to visit the railroad on the second Saturday of each month when the volunteers are working.  Although we do not offer train rides on those weekends, there is always a volunteer ready to give you a tour and talk with you about volunteer opportunities.  Occasionally we are able to accommodate visitors by special arrangement.   If you have questions about visiting or volunteering please use the contact information below.  

For more information, please contact:

Swanton Pacific Railroad
College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407


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