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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
+1 619-696-0199
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One of the world's largest model railroad museums features a scale model railway that replicates San Diego's tracks.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“love trains” (20 reviews)
“train lovers” (16 reviews)
“balboa park” (79 reviews)
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1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
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+1 619-696-0199
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Reviewed 17 December 2016

This was a disappointment because they have so many good displays, but very few model trains running (at least when we were there). The potential for a really great show is there, but with so few model trains running, it just didn't cut it.

Thank p0pcycle
Reviewed 17 December 2016

We are not really railroad fans but we had a great time here! The amazing displays appeal to anyone interested in miniature art, history, or trains. The incredible details on the displays show the labor of love hundreds of volunteers put in. One volunteer who...More

Thank MJ S
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

This extraordiarily unique museum of train models, railsystem and miniature landscapes provides whole picture of this kind of transportation in US every region: pacific coast , desert in southwest through east coast. There is special section for Christmas : trains in snowy environment with presents,...More

Thank jajavalB
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Great activity while visiting Balboa Park. Multiple train layouts, from older Christmas style Lionel to historically accurate representing Southern California and the famed Tehachapi loop. Lots of knowledgeable folks on hand to talk trains.

1  Thank mikemcnj
Reviewed 26 November 2016

I had what I thought was a great O guage Lionel set which took most of my parent's basement as a kid. Nothing like this! Several rooms of operating HO trains with fantastic landscape. Of course they now have electronic controls which we did not...More

1  Thank J R R
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Be sure to take your camera. Be sure to atleast spend 2 or 3 or more hours. I'm an HO Scale Man myself and admire the work done by those who've worked on the layouts over the years. Take many many pictures of O and...More

1  Thank Vishal P
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

This place made me feel like a kid in a candy store! If you are interested in model trains and miniature maquettes you will adore this place. The trains were wonderful to watch as they operate. The people that work there (some donated their own...More

Thank PeterTravelAdvisor
Reviewed 1 November 2016

enjoyed walking around and seeing the layout of the track The trains are running which makes viewing the exhibit interesting and enjoyable.

Thank 728explorer
Reviewed 27 October 2016

So much history, and cool models. This was a lot of fun. It might be too much for a very young or very active child. Also the child needs to be at 3 feet to see everything.

Thank Kristye G
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Give yourself plenty of time her.The layouts go on and on.One train takes over an hour and a half to go around just one of the displays.Whether you like trains or not you must go

Thank Sally D
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