Help Us With Our Current Projects
All projects at the museum are funded via grants, donations, and sponsors. Please help us out with a donation to one of our ongoing projects.
Each of our ongoing projects are described by clicking on their title at the right. To donate online to one of these projects, click on the “Donate” button and enter your PayPal information or your credit card number.
If you’d prefer to donate by sending a check, the mailing information is detailed below.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact us by letter (address below), email ([email protected]) or telephone (805-548-1894).
Southern Pacific Railroad Pacific Motor Trucking Trailer
The museum recently acquired a 22 feet, Daylight painted Pacific Motor Trucking Trailer. This is the second such trailer acquired by the SLORRM and the plan is to have both of these trailers put on a Southern Pacific flat car just as would have been done when they were in service, TOFC (Trailer on Flat Car). We are working to raise funds to acquire and move an old TOFC trailer to the museum to begin construction of this fantastic display. See a SLO Tribune video. Also, see Brad’s video with more information and donation request. You may donate to this project here:
Support Museum Programs
Our museum is always working on ways to educate and support our visitors, members, and the public and this is still true during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are creating information and activities that you can enjoy from home. For example we created a digital version of the Museum’s book Danny the Diesel Locomotive, intended for ages about three to six. It’s free to view and download, but a donation will help continue Museum programs for our younger visitors. All proceeds go entirely to the Museum with an acknowledgement to the creators of these materials.
Museum Model Railroad Exhibit
The museum includes an operating 1200 square foot model railroad which visually tells the story about how local railroads operated on the central coast. This model railroad exhibit seeks to demonstrate the life and times wherein the railroads were directly involved in the economic vitality of local communities and provided the majority of transport for people and freight. This model railroad depicts portions of the Southern Pacific and the entire Pacific Coast Railroad as they operated along the California Coast from Gaviota to Paso Robles. Please support the continued development of our model railroad. See the model railroad page.
Freighthouse Development & Museum Exhibits
The museum includes an operating 1200 square foot model railroad which visually tells the story about how local railroads operated on the central coast. This model railroad exhibit seeks to The City of San Luis Obispo completed its repair and restoration work of the exterior of the Freight House in 2012. Then in 2012 and 2013, the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum held fundraising events and received several grants which allowed construction of interior trusses, insulation, removal of deteriorated and non historic walls and preparation of the interior per our master plan. Finally, in 2014, the museum completed restoration of the interior, provisioning of accessible restrooms, and construction of spaces to facilitate the public’s access to displayed artifacts, documents, model railroad and archives. Since our opening, we continue to develop new exhibits and enhance existing exhibits. Please help us continue to tell the story of railroading on the Central Coast by donating to our exhibit development activities.
Donate by Mailing a Check
Indicate which project you wish to support and send your check to:
San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum
1940 Santa Barbara Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
TAX ID 77-0277323
San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum is a 501c3 non-profit organization, donations are tax deductible per the law and your circumstances.