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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
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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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Very Cool Hidden Gem

Inexpensive entry fee - Very elaborate and intricate train setup made and maintained by some very devoted people. Worth a trip.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Singapore, Singapore
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75 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

there is lots of large scale model trains... explain a little on the various types of train models as well. however, can be a little boring if you are not an extreme fan of model trains.

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SAN DIEGO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Inexpensive entry fee - Very elaborate and intricate train setup made and maintained by some very devoted people. Worth a trip.

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Thank PETER D
San Diego, California
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Growing up in a rail road family and working for the Union Pacific RR for over 15 years I totally recommend visiting this attraction at Balboa Park

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Thank GaleForce01
Des Moines, Iowa
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52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a marvelous museum. Each club involved has taken a historical part of the RR system in the area and designed an elaborate model railroad around it. It is historically accurate, well designed and the attention to detail is amazing (look for the drag race with the policeman waiting at the end, look for the hikers climbing near the Carrizo... More 

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Thank Nancy F
Lake Arrowhead, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have ever played with trains, you'll love this place, but you'll also love it if you appreciate the work of dedicated hobbyists whose attention to detail is incredible. If you spend any time at all admiring the 5 gauges of trains exhibited here, you will also find a lot of things to marvel at and to laugh at.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is composed of layouts owned by several different clubs with different interests. Seeing them being built is part of the fascinating experience - the massive Tehachapi Loop layout is still a work in progress so you can see the amount of work and detail that goes into the building of model railroads, and watch trains of several scales... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is was every model railroad enthusiast dreams of. The details of the scenery, town, and trains is amazing. I'm sure many thousands of hours went into building such a place.

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Thank Fain R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lot of work went into assembling all of the trains and their scenery and it looks like more is in store for the future. We loved this museum. You could spend some time in this museum looking at the intricate displays. There were quite a few items besides trains that moved.

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Thank Kathy R
Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the $10 price of admission. Detailed and skillfully presented train layouts bring back childhood memories. The detail is overwhelming. Lots to see and you can get real close to the exhibits. Gift shop is weak.

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Thank gorlinjay
Highland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fascinating museum. You don't have to be a train enthusiast to enjoy this museum, although if you are you will enjoy it too. The detailed scenery is incredible. Everything is to scale. We really enjoyed our visit.

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