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.
- Seniors (65+): $8.00
- Students (with ID): $5.00
- Military (with ID): $6.00
- Children (Age 6-14): $4.00
- 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.
- Bus 7 stop Park Bl & Village Pl
- By Bus.
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This is quite an amazing place, as it houses the layouts of four different model railroad groups. The Halloween decorations in the three-rail room are a lot of fun! If you like model railroading or just trains in general you will want to spend quite a bit of time in here. I would definitely make an effort to get there at least several hours before the 4 p.m. weekday and 5 p.m. weekend closing times, as there will be more trains running. Also, it's important to note that they are closed on Mondays.
Love this place. Miles of model railroads, towns and very realistic scenery. Trains are always running. Make sure you make your way all the way to the back where they run the HO scale trains. Very nice complex setup.
I love Trains! The museum in Balboa Park is a great place to get your full of model trains. On most days they are running and the operators are eager to share their knowledge. There is also a small interactive area for young children.
Way back when I was a teenager, my father and I were members of one of the clubs here. That was a long time ago and a lot of progress has been made since then. I haven't been down here in a while and it was really exciting to be back and see how much has changed and how much the clubs have grown over the years. We paid an admission fee I think it was around $11 per adult but it's a donation to the clubs to help pay for their overhead like the building space and keeping the lights on, etc. As I expected it was a great experience thanks to all the members who have contributed their time and resources over the years. They have really done a nice job and they take great pride in their hobby. So if you're down in Balboa Park for any reason, it's definitely worth stopping by. The kids will love it for sure!
Amazing model railways. There are multiple tracks at this venue of varying sizes and themes. This is a great place to take children and most parts of it are wheelchair and stroller friendly. Our favorite room was right at the back with a lovely frie dly gentleman who took the time to answer all our questions about the track. They have a great program where they let children in to learn how to run the trains etc.