San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego

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Address: Balboa Park, 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, 92101, United States

Phone: +1-6196960199

Ticket Price: 11 USD

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

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Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki?curid=9097277

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About San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego

This is one of the largest indoor model railroad exhibits in the world. Manage by four local railroad clubs, there are five main exhibits.

  • Cabrillo & Southwestern - Route from San Diego to Sacramento.
  • Pacific Desert Lines - Represents 33 miles worth of track that was never built, scaled down to 331 metres.
  • San Diego & Arizona Eastern RR - Prototype San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway line from San Diego to El Centro.
  • Tehachapi Pass - A highly detailed model of the Southern Pacific / Santa Fe railroad from Bakersfield to Mojave.
  • Toy Train Gallery
  • Centennial Railway Garden - Scaled light rail street cars amongst Spanish Colonial architecture.

Needless to say, train lovers and kids love this place. The models are scarily immersive and you could spend hours picking out individual details.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum Ticket Prices

  • Seniors (65+): $8.00
  • Students (with ID): $5.00
  • Military (with ID): $6.00
  • Children (Age 6-14): $4.00

San Diego Model Railroad Museum Opening and Closing Hours

  • Holiday Times (New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day): 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

How To reach San Diego Model Railroad Museum by Public Transport

  • Bus 7 stop Park Bl & Village Pl
  • By Bus.

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San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego Reviews

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  • I am not a big fan of Museums however I found this one to be spectacular. The detail and size of the sculptures and amazing cities/towns created was amazing. I spent 1.5 hrs at this museum admiring how many people and man hours that were dedicated to creating such a masterpiece of a display. They had multiple rooms and even if you are not a train / railroad enthusiast I would recommend going.

  • This is a must see for anyone with a kid or a kid at heart. An amazing set of layouts. There are 2 huge HO layouts, a large N scale layout, a large O 2 rail layout and a large toy train layout that is decorated for several holidays, and a garden trolly run off solar power and a kids corner (only open some of the museum hours) . There is also a kids corner The people running the trains are very friendly. The level of detail is amazing. Go when it first opens to avoid crowds. If your local its free once a month but much more crowded. 10X more crowded on a free Tuesday than on a regular Tuesday.

  • Miniature heaven !!! Must visit place in Balboa Park . Best model rail road museum, perhaps biggest in the world they say.. it’s huge with Great attention to details .. with so much history.

  • Really wonderful little museum. Great for children and adults alike. They're always adding more to it

  • I'm not a model train enthusiast, by any means, but I still enjoyed this place. The displays are massive and you can see the new stuff being built by hand upstairs. They had a ton of models running on beautifully crafted landscapes. Views could be a bit better, but I think this is a fun way to kill some time.

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