Phillips 66 to host event to showcase new training car

Union Pacific Railroad will unveil a state-of-the-art interactive training car today at the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum. The training car will travel the U.S. teaching rail safety and emergency preparedness to first responders. San Luis Obispo is its first stop.

Phillips 66 of Santa Maria is hosting the tour of the training car and will use the event as an opportunity to provide information about its proposed rail project at the Santa Maria Refinery.

Phillips 66 plans to extend a rail spur line at its oil refinery on the Nipomo Mesa from the main rail line to its facility, so that crude oil from more sources can be delivered to the refinery by rail. The refinery now receives crude oil by pipeline mostly from Santa Barbara County.

The event is open to the public from 2 to 6 p.m., outside near the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum, 1940 Santa Barbara St. in San Luis Obispo.