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Review of San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum
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US$83.99*
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Ranked #43 of 419 things to do in San Diego
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Owner description: One of the world's largest model railroad museums features a scale model railway that replicates San Diego's tracks.
San Carlos, California
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Wow!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

Incredible model railroad exhibits. Loved it! Located in the middle of Balboa Park in the basement of a building.

Visited February 2012
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San Diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Our grandsons love it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

Last time we went was in December - beautiful holiday decorations on all the railroads, plus a wonderful Lego display. Best not to go on weekends because it gets rather crowded with people trying to see the train displays.

Visited December 2011
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Fremont, CA
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“Find this near the history museum in Balboa Park; MUCH FUN”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2012

Even if you've been to a model railway set, check this one out. It's very California/Southwest centric. Several layouts and multiple scales. Don't miss the toy trains room. I could have... I mean kids can enjoy just that portion for an hour. It's a very low-key kind of place but with a great setup to accommodate visitors.

Visited February 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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69 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Spectacular layouts - behind panes of Plexiglas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2012

We stumbled upon this place by accident while walking around Balboa Park. As avid model railroaders we could not pass it up.

Admission is quite inexpensive at $12. There are wall displays about the history of model railroading and a vast selection of layouts from N scale to gigantic scale.

Our only wish is that the displays were more interactive. We could watch layouts and the people operating them but there was no hands on opportunity. We can understand not permitting the public to interact with such elaborate and expensive layouts but we would have really appreciated more access to the people who designed and ran the displays, and maybe just a little bit of hands on somewhere along the way.

Nevertheless this was the most spectacular display we have ever seen and we got a lot of ideas how to build on our own layout at home.

Visited January 2012
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San Diego, California
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“What a great surprise for our whole family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2012

We went to a birthday party here recently. The party was for a 1 year old, but all ages attended. Everyone loved the place - adults, teens, kids, toddlers. Something for everyone. An old-fashioned, relaxing, interesting place to spend an hour or two.

Visited December 2011
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