Old Town Model Railroad Depot

Old Town Model Railroad Depot

Old Town Model Railroad Depot
4.5
Speciality Museums
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11:00 - 17:00
Monday
11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 17:00
Thursday
11:00 - 17:00
Friday
11:00 - 18:00
Saturday
11:00 - 18:00
Sunday
11:00 - 18:00
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COVID-19 UPDATE: We are currently open for retail shopping and visitors! No reservations needed. About Us: A visit to the Old Town Model Railroad Depot will take you back in time to the 1950's where you will see trains from that era travel over a 2,000 sqft layout featuring a city at night with over 100 buildings with lights and flashing neon signs. Continuing on your journey you will pass a large farm, country town, beautiful mountain range, a large lake and dam with trestles traversing over a large gorge.
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Neighbourhood: Old Town
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  • Old Town Transit Center • 9 min walk
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Dick L
Union City, CA24 contributions
The Old Town Model Railroad Depot is worth your time when visiting San Diego’s Old Town. The Old Town Trolley Tour begins and ends its tours (Stop A) in Old Town so there are multiple opportunities to stop by and visit, and admission is included if you are already on the trolley tour. The train display is of trains meandering through any town USA with nostalgic references throughout the display. The diorama is divided in two sections, where one room has trains travelling through the day and the second has the same trains travelling through the night. The buildings and landscaping are constructed with great detail providing you with wonderful visual experience. The staff is friendly, informative and welcoming. It appears that the entire operation is created and managed by model train enthusiasts who want to share what they have created. The self-guided tour can be as quick or slow as you wish with steps up providing views at many levels and perspectives. Photography is allowed and a small wall of train themed items are available for purchase. The visit to the Old Town Model Railroad Depot will not take much of your time but could be one of the fun memories of your visit to San Diego’s Old Town.
Written 26 April 2022
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Steve Armitage
Mastic, NY44 contributions
This place has lots of different models and scenery to explore. There are many different displays which can keep you busy for at least an hour. It takes about an hour to see everything.
Written 1 March 2022
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Shawn N
Pittsburgh, PA10 contributions
Had an hour before closing after visiting the zoo so we figured we would stop by as I hadn't been in 20 years. The level of detail and the amount of work displayed on these layouts is simply amazing. Definitely worth the stop and the fee to help support people doing their master craft.
Written 31 December 2021
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mark m
Burlington, IA781 contributions
Great layout at the far south end of Old Town. You can travel here on the light rail from downtown SD.
Written 29 November 2021
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Thank you for your review! We are glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 6 December 2021
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Eric Mut
Phnom Penh, Cambodia127 contributions
I used to visit this museum with my grandma when I was a child, over 30 years ago. I recently visited, and because it was close to closing it was only $2 to visit, which is a fair price for this smaller intimate attraction.

This attraction is full of amazing works of moving art, that were hand crafted and have been cared for lovingly over the past 30 years since my last visit.

I enjoyed visiting, and will visit again next time I am in town.
Written 13 October 2020
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Jeri B
13 contributions
My husband is into model railroads, but I like anything miniature. So this was interesting for both of us. It is amazing how big these displays are! THere is also a Toy Train room that is more fun, especially for kids as it incorporates Mater from CARS, plus other fun things. For anyone (young or old) interested in model trains, this is a nice museum to visit.
Written 10 March 2020
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Jason M
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Business
I had a great experience with all staff associated with this location. I must say that Art, Elia, Josh and Mr. Jose were by far superb! They made me feel welcomed and a special guest at all times! These gentlemen greet you with a smile and professionalism time and time again! I'd recommend this location to anyone visiting San Diego (Old Town). Thanks guys!

Jason (New Orleans)
Written 14 January 2020
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Lord Clifford Hume
Greater London, UK146 contributions
Couples
This venue evokes lots of childhood memories and is pure nostalgia.

It is an ‘O’ gauge railway and the detail is exquisite. Friendly staff are there to assist and the place relies on donations. If I had more time I would have happily stayed and watched mesmerised by this fascinating model.
Written 11 January 2020
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George W
29 contributions
Pleasant enough place..the show was a bit little cheesy...souvenirs are fun plenty of things to buy..The place looks old and pretty
Written 9 January 2020
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jdhag
Medellin, Colombia217 contributions
Is an amazing place. A must see hidden gem in San Diego. They don´t have admission fee but donations are well accepted. The visit takes you less than an hour. Also you can shop fabulous things.
Written 5 December 2019
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Old Town Model Railroad Depot is open:
  • Mon - Mon 11:00 - 17:00
  • Wed - Thu 11:00 - 17:00
  • Fri - Sun 11:00 - 18:00


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