Central Coast Railroad Festival is expanding its rail excursions on the California Central Coast.
The festival has scheduled a National Train Day Family Excursion starting at and returning to the Grover Beach Train Station on Saturday, May 12.
That same day, a National Train Day Wine Rail Excursion will travel from the Amtrak station in San Luis Obispo to the station in Paso Robles for wine tasting, with a return trip on a private bus.
A special Wine Rail Excursion on June 22 will take guests to the Pomar Junction Train Wreck Friday party in Templeton.
Check-in for the Family Excursion on Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner will start at 11:30 a.m. at the Station Grill in Grover Beach, where children will receive free railroad promotional items.
At 12:30 p.m., riders will board the Surfliner, which will deliver passengers to the National Train Day festivities in San Luis Obispo by 1 p.m.
Activities will include railroad art displays and operating model trains from the San Luis Obispo Model Railroad Association.
Riders will assemble to reboard the train at 1:40 p.m. for the return trip to the Grover Beach station, where they’ll receive a free ice cream treat from Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab’s big red truck.
Tickets at $25 for adults and $19 for children 15 and younger are available on the Railroad Festival website at www.ccrrf.com.
Those who take the Wine Rail Excursion that day will leave the San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station at 3 p.m. aboard the Coast Starlight for a trip to Paso Robles, where wine tasting and railroad songs and stories from troubadour Don Lampson will be served up at the D’Anbino Tasting Room.
Guests who take a monthly Second Sunday Wine Rail Excursions aboard the Coast Starlight up or down the Cuesta Grade will learn a little railroad history, be served a light lunch and visit rail-related wineries.
The new excursions include a Sunday, May 13, trip that starts in San Luis Obispo and visits Pomar Junction Winery; a Sunday, June 10, trip that starts in Paso Robles and visits D’Anbino Tasting Room and Pomar Junction Winery; and a Sunday, July 8, trip that starts in San Luis Obispo and visits Pomar Junction Winery.
Wine Rail Excursions, limited to 24 people, are $49 for adults and $39 for children 15 and younger and usually sell out in advance.
The special excursion offered Friday, June 22, will start at 3 p.m. in San Luis Obispo aboard the Coast Starlight to Paso Robles. The cost for this trip is $39 per person.
A private bus will take guests to Pomar Junction for a barbecue, wine tasting and rockin’ blues from the Brad Wilson Band and then back to San Luis Obispo.
Tickets and complete schedules are available on the Railroad Festival website.
For more information, call the festival office at 773-4173.
Hobo’s Bash to mark life on rails
Oceano Depot is planning a Hobo’s Bash to celebrate the colorful culture of itinerant individuals who once rode the rails across America.
The fundraising event set for Saturday, May 19, at the Oceano Depot, 1650 Front St., will begin at
2 p.m. with a social hour.
A dinner to be served at 3 p.m. will include “hobo stew and all the trimmings,” plus dessert and a soft drink, coffee or tea, said Oceano Depot Association President Linda Austin.
Prizes will be awarded for the best hobo costumes, Austin said.
The event also will include live music, operating model trains from the San Luis Obispo Model Railroad Association and prize drawings.
More information and tickets at $25 per person are available by calling 489-5446 or 440-9994