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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

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Neighbourhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
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+1 619-696-0199
11:00 - 16:00
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One of the world's largest model railroad museums features a scale model...

One of the world's largest model railroad museums features a scale model railway that replicates San Diego's tracks.

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Awesome museum!!!

We spent a couple hours viewing the multiple train layouts. Most all gauges are on display. After you tour the multi levels in one direction, reverse course to view again. You... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stuart, FL
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Stuart, FL
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a couple hours viewing the multiple train layouts. Most all gauges are on display. After you tour the multi levels in one direction, reverse course to view again. You won't believe all that you will have missed the first time. Fun for all ages.

San Diego, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you've ever been intrigued by model trains, this is a place not to miss. They have trains of several different gauges and sizes running at most times on layouts so big, you need to walk 20 or 30 feet to view them fully. Be sure to check out their model of the famous Tehachapi Loop, where there is a... More 

Thank Jack S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is our second visit to this museum, and we love going here. It claims to be one of the best in the world, and we would agree. The layouts are expansive, including N Scale, O, HO and even a small nano scale train. Their layouts are as large s 4,500 square feet, and they are working on a new... More 

Thank Natickpal
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A really a wonderful job of laying out an O gauge running display. It's really quite large with tons of scenes and detail. The man and woman running it are very friendly and easy to talk with. You can go from one area of it to another and continue to be amazed of the variety of scenes. The running engines... More 

Thank Alan Z
Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is a whole lot of fun for kids and the kid in you. The room where you control trains using buttons was most fascinating to the kids in our party.

Thank Dipraj N
Santa Clara
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum has a number of train displays including HO, O and N scale. There is a fun Lionel exhibit with many fun figurines, houses and stores including a drive in theater and characters from the movie Minions. Don't miss the tiny train. We spent a few hours here with our model train enthusiast Grandpa and it was a great... More 

Thank Ryan M
Claremont, California
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

The variety and expertise of these model train diorama's are amazing. We have visited a number of similar attractions in our travels, and this one is the best. The staff is hungry to share their commitment to the hobby, and their talent and creative drive is on display at all times. Well worth a stop every time we head south!

Thank AnnieB2304
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

Huge outstanding layouts staffed by knowledgeable volunteers await you at this museum. You can park for free and visit this museum and others in Balboa Park. O guage, HO guage, G guage and a wonderful model of the Tehachapi Loop. Do not miss this one if you like model railroads

Thank califken
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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

This museum is unique. It is made up of four local railroad "clubs" that have very extensive models set up. Once inside, just keep wandering; there is more than you first think. The details put into each scene is incredible so take the time to notice their craft. We especially enjoyed talking and asking questions of the engineers that were... More 

Thank Jennifer R
South Haven, MI
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

This museum is must for model railroad enthusiasts, parents with kids and anyone else looking for something to do. There are several layouts of different scale sizes. Club members will answer questions. More trains are being set up. The kids room has trains that kids can push buttons to control trains, characters they recognize are in the towns & on... More 

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