Port San Luis to Los Olivos

The Pacific Coast Railway

I do not have any information on this abandoned route. If you know anything about this route, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Thank you!

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?

Elliott Marshall
San Luis Obispo , CA
7/22/2014

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I'd love to see your work Mr. Marshall! How do we do this?

Jimmy Young
Ventura, CA
9/30/2014

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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.

Elliott Marshall
San Luis Obispo , CA
10/1/2014

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Hello Jimmy. Did you get my comments??

Elliott Marshall
San Luis Obispo, CA
10/20/2014

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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/

Justin Swabash
Solvang, CA
7/13/2015

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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

Justin Swabash
Solvang, CA
7/13/2015

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Sorry I missed your comment last Oct. Elliott. Dropbox.Com would work well also. Best, jy

Jimmy Young
Ventura, CA
7/13/2015

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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

elldon@charter.net

If that doesn't work call me at 805 781 9918

elliott Marshall
San Luis Obispo , CA
7/16/2015

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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.

Chuck Jones
San Juan Capistrano, CA
2/13/2017

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Great work rail fans!

My email is jimboyoung@aol.com

Jimmy young
Ventura, CA
2/19/2017

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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!!

Smokey Joe
Arroyo Grande, CA
5/14/2017

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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

Michael Burrell
San Luis Obispo, CA
5/15/2017

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