First United Methodist Church of Arroyo Grande

This Train is Bound for Glory

June 6, 2009

Final instructions

All Aboard! This Saturday morning, June 6th...

Please plan to arrive at the Santa Maria Valley Railroad (SMVRR) headquarters by 8:50am or so in order to grab some breakfast goodies and be ready for the presentation to start at 9:00am. We'll be done about 12:30pm.

Please find a map below that goes with these directions from Guadalupe to the railroad. I'm assuming that you can find your way to Guadalupe. If you have any questions or would like specific directions from a specific address, just let me know. Allow about 30 minutes from Arroyo Grande to the railroad.

Guadalupe, CA
1. Head south on CA-1/Guadalupe St toward 2nd St. About 1 min, go 0.4 mi.
2. Turn left (east) at CA-166/W Main St. About 2 mins, go 0.9 mi.
3. Turn right (south) at S Simas Rd. About 2 mins, go 0.9 mi.
4. Continue on Betteravia Rd. About 8 mins, go 3.1 mi.
Betteravia, California

As you approach Betteravia, you'll easily see two huge tanks that once held the sugar that the old mill produced. Pull off the road on the tank side of the road (south side), and go through the gate just to the west of the tanks. Continue straight all the way to the back of the property, and then make a left turn into the parking area by the SMVRR office building. See pictures below.

The weather is looking good at the moment. We go rain or shine. Bring an umbrella if it looks like rain.

Dress casually ("Saturday wear"). And wear comfortable, closed-toe, low-heel shoes with good traction.

If you have not yet paid ($45/person), please bring your payment with you. Checks should be made out to "The SMVRR".

Holler if questions...

All Aboard!

9:00am - 10:00am
At the headquarters of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad (Betteravia).
Continental breakfast.
Chapel car slide show and talk by Jamie Foster.

10:15am - 12:30pm
Train Excursion aboard the La Condesa, a 1926 Pullman observation car, along the SMVRR including an on-board worship service.

Tickets: $45/person. Contact Jamie Foster. 24 seats are available. Checks should be made payable to "The SMVRR".

Pictured above is the La Condesa, our "chariot" for the morning. It's not a chapel car, but it's quite close to that vintage - a 1926 Pullman observation car.

Note: The ticket monies go to the SMVRR for covering the direct expenses of operating the train. This is not a fundraiser for the church.

The La Condesa is not handicap accessible.

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