Photos: Central Coast Railroad Festival

Featuring a wealth of train-related activities that began on Thursday, the countywide Central Coast Railroad Festival continues through today.

About 5,000 people were expected to attend the festival — with visitors coming from as far as Oakland, Orange County and Utah — at venues from Paso Robles to Santa Maria.

The festival celebrates the region’s railway-rich past while looking ahead to its future, according to organizers.

At a Saturday event, festival organizers drove a ceremonial golden spike to open the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum’s new display track, and dedicated “Icons of an Era,” a public art installation by Jim Trask.

Other festival highlights included a children’s train party, running model trains, music by singer-songwriter Steve Key and The Mudskippers, and a screening of the film “The First Great Train Robbery.”

Visit www.ccrrf.com/schedule.html for the festival schedule and for information.

— Tribune staff report