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Model railroads roll into Oceano

Rail fans turn out for annual event

By Adobe Staff

Huck Peterson, 3, points out an object on the model railroad display to his mother, Holley, both of San Luis Obispo, on Sunday during Model Railroad Days. //Frank Cowan/Contributor

Railroad buffs of all ages converged on the Oceano Depot last weekend to watch model trains in operation and view artifacts from the early days of railroading and the town.

Members of the San Luis Obispo Model Railroad Association set up and operated some of their newest modular HO- and N-scale layouts inside the historical depot.

Oceano Depot Association, which co-sponsored the annual Model Railroad Days, also had its own HO- and N-scale trains running in the restored 1907 caboose parked just outside.

Model railroaders shopped for bargains in a “yard sale” and got free minor maintenance and evaluations for their engines and rolling stock at a “tune-up” table.

Meanwhile, Oceano Depot volunteers conducted tours of the restored 1904 Southern Pacific station, which is filled with photographs and memorabilia, and sold hot dogs, popcorn and drinks.

They also unveiled two speeders, small railway cars also known as go-devils that were once used for track maintenance and are now in the depot’s collection. More info.

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