• Swanton Pacific Railroad Society Swanton Pacific Railroad Society


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Mission Statement

The "Cal Poly" Swanton Pacific Historical Railroad Society is dedicated to those who: Are nuts about trains Have a love for history Like to be working on a fun project outdoors Want live steam maintenance or operating experience Have/Want machine shop, welding, or foundry experience The railroad is located on the beautiful 3200-acre Swanton Pacific Ranch in Santa Cruz County. The rolling stock consists of three one-third scale Pacific-type steam locomotives built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition and a diesel switcher.


The Swanton Pacific Railroad Society operates an historic one-third scale, 19-inch gauge railroad at Swanton Pacific Ranch, 15 miles north of Santa Cruz. The scenic mile-long railroad runs through a valley in the coastal mountains, crosses a creek, passes a Christmas Tree farm, and ends at a large field where the locomotive turns around for the return trip.

The equipment and facilities include:
-four steam locomotives and one original passennger car from the 1915 San Francisco Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) Overfair Railway.
-GE U25B diesel locomotive built in 1963
- round house, turntable, car barn, machine ship, and workshop
- four full-size cabooses, one of which was our founder Al Smith's office at Orchard Supply Hardware

The society operates in partnership with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

We host several events anually.




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Would you recommend Swanton Pacific Railroad Society?

by Javier M. (May 9, 2015)
This was a lot of fun. I helped do work on the railroad track. I did not know how much work goes into taking care of trains. I plan to go back and volunteer more.
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