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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.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“love trains” (21 reviews)
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“train lovers” (14 reviews)
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1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
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"balboa park"
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"train lovers"
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"train layouts"
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"all ages"
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"southern california"
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"great for kids"
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"any age"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This model train museum was nice but it was really expensive to get in. We had recently visited a model train museum in Old Town (much smaller) which was a donation so for this to be $32 I didn't feel it was worth it. We...More

Thank Bec W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's so neat to see so many model trains going through so many different terrains. This visit is great for your kids to explore; and the kid in us use our imagination.

Thank Dean A
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a great place for railroad lovers of all ages. There are multiple running layouts in various gauges featuring southern California railroads, with lots of historical information. In addition trains the layouts feature great modeling of people, cars, trucks, buildings, etc. Worth several hours...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

Whether or not you are into model railroading you will appreciate the craftsmanship put into this museum. $9.00 for kids and seniors. Allow at least an hour. Look closely and you will find lots of whimsical things like people climbing out of the trunk at...More

Thank Eric Y
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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

The museum was a great example of what can be done by dedicated people. There are many layouts through the basement level of the building. Most were running at least a few trains on them. My spouse loved the little animals and the scenes that...More

1  Thank KevinF484
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

Thoroughly enjoyable visit to the model railway. I would not like to guess how many hours of work that have gone into creating these layouts. Quality and commitment shines through. The one negative of the visit was the cashier who on the day we visited...More

Thank Ian_Wand
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Reviewed 9 February 2018

I've been here before, but it never fails to get my full attention. The model presentations are fantastic and show many different types of landscape and urban situations. Almost every ten feet you could study exactly what they have designed and laid out. Some of...More

1  Thank John T
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

If you like model railroads, this is a must-see place. There are over 7 different layouts to visit, with some stretching as far as the eye can see. Whether you enjoy O guage, N guage, HO guage or garden trains, there is something for everyone....More

1  Thank Warren N
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Enjoyed the displays in this museum. Some real work by volunteers and organizations goes into setting up these model villages and trains.

Thank bethduncan7
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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

An amazing experience of model railroading with incredible detail in multiple gauges or sizes of track. Especially wonderful for children to experience days gone by when constructing and simplicity were enough. Much more satisfying than game boy. Take the kids!

1  Thank carylanddon
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Randy F
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Not a lot. 5 or 6 dollars as I recall
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