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I have just completed a written tour of the route of the narrow gage Pacific coast railway through SLO county, with computer generated maps of the location of the line which are referenced to existing roads. This tour differs from other known info because it references existing county roads. It specifies stopping points of interest which include Hadley station, the Arroyo Grande warehouse and the famous horseshoe curves. My goal is to append this information to a more complete set of info so that if someone wants to take the auto tour they can down load the text and maps and then conduct their own guided tour to visit those sites excessable by county roads. Am I on the right track?
I'd love to see your work Mr. Marshall! How do we do this?
I am in the final stages of completing the tour. It contains pictures, maps and verbiage.
My concern is how to distribute this information to interested persons. The maps and pictures are stored as jpegs. The total size of all is 72 Mbytes. I don't think email could handle that much. I was hoping to use some sort of cloud, such as Wikipedia, to link to the subject of "Pacific Coast Railroad"
Do you have experience with a situation such as this?
Do you have suggestions?
I like your little cross bar.
Hello Jimmy. Did you get my comments??
I too would love to get to see this project of yours. I would love to take my friends on a road trip over the original lines and show them significant spots where the train went through. You could use MegaUpload's website to store information of your project and just provide a download link to the file/s for free. Here is MegaUpload's website html: https://mega.co.nz/
I also found a website recently with files containing maps of the entire route. It even shows degrees and grading. http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/PW/County_Surveyor/Pacific_Coast_Railway_Right_of_Way_Maps.htm
Sorry I missed your comment last Oct. Elliott. Dropbox.Com would work well also. Best, jy
Jimmy and Justin send me your email addresses and I will send you the path to the auto tour and a word doc study I did on the incline up to the quarry on Bishop's peak. email me at
If that doesn't work call me at 805 781 9918
I have mapped The route using early 1900's USGS overlays on Google Earth available at https://ngmdb.usgs.gov/maps/TopoView/viewer. Older maps get you in the ballpark. Looks like some of the alignments might coincide with the Santa Maria Valley Railroad, but cannot confirm. USGS maps clearly identify lines as being PCR. Interesting that NW termination is on the pier at Bay St Luis. The Avila Beach website has an old picture of the pier with track.
Great work rail fans!
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Not sure if this has been mentioned elsewhere but you might be interested in this site: historicaerials.com. They have old topos and you can even toggle or dissolve old topos over old aerial survey images or newer survey images. The SLO County section of the PCRR is mapped out in great detail with the 1947 and 1949 topo maps!! SB county-you're on your own! However, I found a 1943 aerial survey map from the USCB image library here: (http://mil.library.ucsb.edu/ap_indexes/btm1943/supplemental/btm-1943_5.jpg). With that and the RoW maps and Photoshop I was able to locate some of the old Roadbed just South of Los Alamos. You can see it using google street view from Southbound 101!!
I just got a message from Elliott Marshall who has commented on this site. I have been doing research on the PCRy since 1970, on and off. I am a retired history teacher, and am part of a group of people , Elliott included who have just finished work on The Bishop Peak Spur of this Ry. I have a time line I can send you...and depending if you can open Google Docs can send you some information on the spur. I would recommend you buy Curtiss Johnson's & Kenneth Wetcott's book "The Pacific Coast Railway" through the San Luis Obispo Rail Road Museum; and through Amazon.."Ships and Narrow Gauge Rails" by Gerald Best because it may be out of print. They are your best resources for information. Rail Road Days is coming up..maybe even this coming weekend at the museum..and I may be there for a short time as will other members of our group. Go to the museum's website. let me know how you want me to send the timeline... best MB
OK here is how I think this should pan out.
1] I will post my auto tour on either icloud or onedrive.
2] anyone wanting to view it, just send me your email address which I will use to send you an invitation to view. If your iphone is capable you can just view the tour as you drive it.
3] Mike Burrell and I have power point briefings on other parts of the PCRY namely:The PORT and The Bishops Peak spur. Because of copyright considerations we cannot post them but if a group of you can get a place we will present.
Look forward to your info.
I would like to walk some of the road bed leaving Los Olivos along 154.
JimmyJazz332@hotmail.com please send me the info!
The auto tour from the fire station # 1 in Slo to AG is about two weeks away. So far Jimmy Young and Justin Swabash are the only on my distribution list.
Should I add other names ???
The PowerPoint slide show of the AUTO Tour has been sent to selected requesters. Anyone else interested??
Yes Elliott you are on the right track !! Looking forward to seeing the south end in Los Olivos area.
I agree Howard. Since he has the most familiarity with the area,RJ Hansen would be to one to make that show. I guess we just need to encourage him to put some of what he has gathered together into a presentation.
I specialize in SLO county.
M Burrell is developing shows for specific locations along the route starting at the station on South Street.