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 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.  Tickets for these events are sold on a first come first served basis. Ticket sales normally open about six to eight weeks ahead of the event date. 

Events for 2020

  • Al Smith Day - it is unlikely we will have the tracks repaired and locomotive restoration complete in order to host Al Smith Day for 2020. 

  • Cal Poly Swanton Pacific Day for 2020 will be held in early October.  We are working with the Swanton Pacific Ranch and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences to highlight all of the activities that take place at Swanton Pacific Ranch.  If we have our tracks repaired we hope to be able to provide train rides.  At the very least, the roundhouse and shops will be open with static displays. For more information about Cal Poly Swanton Pacific Day click here.

Informal Visits

  • 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. 


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


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