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Davenport (between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz).
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10:00 - 4:30

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Ride the 1915 PPIE Overfair Railway Steam Train at Swanton Pacific Railroad

Swanton Pacific Railroad Society
Aug 08, 10:00AM – 04:30PM

Railroad Centennial Open House: Take a train ride on the Swanton Pacific Railroad with 100-year old steam locomotives from the Overfair Railway that ran along San Francisco’s Marina during the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE). The railroad is located about 15 miles north of Santa Cruz and 35 miles south of Half Moon Bay. Tour the railroad roundhouse and workshops. Learn about the locomotive’s history. Talk with railroad volunteers about becoming an active member of the Swanton Pacific Railroad Society.

Railroad Hours 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tour the railroad roundhouse and workshops.
Bring your own picnic (no alcohol) and have lunch at our tables or lawn (please take your trash home with you).
Swanton Pacific Railroad store open for cold drinks, t-shirts, railroad hats (cash or check only).
Learn about participating at the railroad.
Steam Up at 8:00 AM – watch the steam locomotive get ready to run for the day.

Train Rides Depart from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Half-hour steam train rides throughout the day (crew will break for lunch around noon).
How to Get to 297 Swanton Road, Davenport
Swanton Pacific Railroad is 15 miles north of Santa Cruz and 35 miles south of Half Moon Bay. From Hwy 1, take the nearest Swanton Road entrance. Swanton Pacific Railroad is 2.8 miles from the south entrance, 4.1 miles from the north entrance, and between Big Creek Fire Station and a meadow. The round house is visible from the road.

What to Wear
Bring layers of clothing, mornings can be cool but the afternoons can be quite hot.
Wear shoes that work on uneven terrain and lawns.
Period clothing from 1915 is encouraged, since it is our centennial after all!

No alcoholic beverages permitted
No pets except for service animals
Reservations required!

Our next reservation-based event is on September 27. Visit the Swanton Pacific Railroad Society Facebook page for more information on upcoming events.

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