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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

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Neighborhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
Phone Number: 619 696 0199
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Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: 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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Great for train enthusiasts

My husband and 2-year-old son LOVE trains, so we knew this was a must see while in San Diego. While it's not a huge museum, it does have 5 or 6 different layouts, each maintained... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
40 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My husband and 2-year-old son LOVE trains, so we knew this was a must see while in San Diego. While it's not a huge museum, it does have 5 or 6 different layouts, each maintained by a different local club. Other than Miniatur Wunderland in Germany (which is on a level all its own), this is one of the best... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

You have to see this! These people really out did themselves on this! We had to go here twice! Be sure to read the signs they have around through the railroad!

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172 reviews 172 reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

and big boys will like it too. This is a great train lay out with lots of things to see. Along with the train sets is a toy train museum and has antique toys.

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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

An amazing display of model trains. Even if you are not a train lover you will appreciate all the years of hard work that went into the landscapes created. If you are lucky one of the club members could be driving there train and you get to interact with them. A lot of fun..

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San Diego, California
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

By far the most un-museum in Balboa Park. Yes it has A ton of trains and some you can play with too. There are about a half dozen train layouts of all scales and styles. If you have kids may be two hours is needed. If you love toy trains and models give yourself 4 hours.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

A real treat for everyone. A lot of work went into this set up and well worth the price. Love all the different scales from very small to very large.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

What can you say about miles and miles of model railroads carefully overseen by volunteer enthusiasts? Great fun! And very charming. We enjoyed our 90 minutes there.

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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315 reviews 315 reviews
191 attraction reviews
227 helpful votes 227 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I have no interest at all in being a model railroader, but I stopped in this museum to check things out. The displays were, in a word, impressive. I couldn’t hazard a guess as to how many hours were involved in creating all the little towns and countryside(s). Some of the rooms were huge! All downstairs tracks have trains running,... More 

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Oakhurst, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This museum is amazing and entertaining. On the surface it's just a bunch of model trains but the details they add to the scenery is amazing and takes a lot a creatively. The history is fascinating as well. We stayed for a little over an hour but we would recommend more time in this special museum.

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Concord, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We loved this. The one piece of info I'll give you is if you're adults without children, go when they open. It will take you about 90 minutes to 2 hours to go through the whole thing, and by the time it had been open for 2 hours there were little kids running everywhere, and we were there on a... More 

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