The "Pacific Coast Railroad" follows a narrow-gauge loop around the ranch headquarters. The railroad includes three engines,

as well as four 5/8 scale passenger coaches from the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad dating back to the 1950s. Taken in September of 2012.

(Tracey Adams from Atascadero, USA, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons)



The Pacific Coast Railroad is a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge tourist railroad located at the Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, California.

Established in 2000 and completed in 2004 by San Luis Obispo entrepreneur Rob Rossi, the railroad sees only limited public operation. Phase 1 consisted of a 1.5 mi (2.4 km) loop around the most historic part of the ranch. The railroad currently operates three steam locomotives built between 1897 and 1968, and four of the original Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad Retlaw 1 passenger cars. One of the locomotives, the No. 2 Roger Linn, was used in the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman TV show. Other equipment includes an ex-International Railways of Central America caboose, business car Cuscatlan, and several ex-Denver & Rio Grande freight cars.



Rolling stock of the Pacific Coast Railroad

No. Name Mfr. Wheel arr. Year Status Notes
1 Caroline Guiberson-Harpur 4-4-0 1968 Operational Originally built for AstroWorld in Houston
2 Roger Linn Vulcan 2-4-0 1922 Operational Originally built as a quarry engine, served in Lehigh, Illinois until 1960
3 Melodia H.K. Porter 2-6-2 1897 (1964) Operational Originally built as 0-6-2T for Barker & LePine Sugar Cane Co. of LaFourche Crossing, Louisiana; retired 1953 and rebuilt as 2-6-2 in 1964
102-105 "Retlaw One" Walt Disney Studios 1955 Operational Four passenger coaches; retired in the mid-1960s

Santa Margarita Ranch Pacific Coast Railroad

Here's a feature on The Pacific Coast Railroad at the Santa Margarita Ranch.


Headquarters: Santa Margarita Ranch
Locale: San Luis Obispo, California, U.S.
Dates of operation: 2000–present
Track gauge: 3 ft (914 mm)
Length: 3.2 miles (5.1 km)

Contact Information

Santa Margarita Ranch Headquarters
9000 Yerba Buena, Santa Margarita

Phone: (805) 540-3214
Mailing Address:
750 Pismo Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401