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AL SMITH DAY at the Swanton Pacific Railroad

GGRM Staff
March 2015

GGRM Field Trip on Sunday, April 12, 2015

If you missed out in September or had so much fun you want to do it again, please join us for the train rides, barbecue and choice of other activities put on by the Swanton Pacific Ranch and Railroad.

Al Smith, a Cal Poly Alumni, trusted his Swanton Pacific Ranch and his 1/3 scale railroad to Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo. Al Smith Day at the Swanton Pacific Ranch and Railroad was established following his passing in 1993 and is on the Sunday in April closest to his birthday. The day not only honors Al, but is the inaugural day for the SPR&R season.

Al was also a major contributor to the rebuilding of the 2472 that allowed us to make the inaugural run to Railfair 1991 in Sacramento. During the 1990's the annual GGRM picnic was held at the Swanton Ranch. Come join us again at this great venue.

The one-third scale live steam locomotives were built to haul visitors to the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition, held in San Francisco to celebrate both the opening of the Panama Canal and the reconstruction of the city after the 1906 earthquake. 2015 marks the Centennial Celebration of this event.

We hope you will be able to come and enjoy this fun filled day of riding the trains at Swanton, and to be brought up-to-date on projects for both the ranch and railroad. The event is held at the beautiful Swanton Pacific Ranch, 299 Swanton Rd, Davenport, CA. Directions are on the ticket form.

Al Smith Day Sunday, April 12, 2015 10:30am to 4:30pm

Tickets, train rides, barbecue and all events are $25 for adults, $15 for children postmarked before the preregistration date of April 2, and are available only by mail through the Swanton Pacific Railroad.

Click here to download your ticket form!

Please Note: Attendance is limited to the first 500, and they usually reach that capacity by the pre- registration date of April 2. Ticket prices will increase to $35 for adults, $20 for children after April 2. So order your tickets ASAP!

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