Santa Maria Valley Railroad Company SMV #741

Nature of Firm

SMV operates freight service from a connection with UP at Guadalupe, CA to Santa Maria, CA (14.8 miles). The railroad has many short branch lines. Traffic consist of asphalt, petroleum products, scrap iron, gypsum wallboard, fertilizer, machinery, plastic, lumber and fresh and frozen food products.


The railroad was incorporated July 14, 1911 as the Santa Maria Valley Railway and reorganized under the present name in 1926. Passenger service was never provided. The line was abandoned between Gates and Roadamite in 1950. In 2003, the Santa Maria Valley abandoned 4.87 miles between College Drive and Gates Station. In September 2006, the railroad was sold to Coast Belle Rail, LLC.

Company Information

Company AffiliationPrivate
Interchange PointsGuadalupe, CA
Agreement TypeHandling Carrier
Information Exchange MethodRMI