Old Town Model Railroad Depot

Old Town Model Railroad Depot, San Diego: Hours, Address, Old Town Model Railroad Depot Reviews: 4.5/5

Old Town Model Railroad Depot

Old Town Model Railroad Depot
4.5
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
COVID-19 UPDATE: We are currently open for retail shopping and Private Experiences! 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.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Old Town
How to get there
  • Old Town Transit Center • 9 min walk
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4.5
187 reviews
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Eric Mut
Phnom Penh, Cambodia127 contributions
Nostalgia at its finest
Sep 2020
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 October 13, 2020
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Jeri B
13 contributions
model Railroad
Mar 2020
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 March 10, 2020
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Jason M
1 contribution
Great Experience at Holiday Inn in (San Diego) Old Town
Jan 2020 • 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 January 14, 2020
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Lord Clifford Hume
Greater London, UK94 contributions
A must for every big kid!
Jan 2020 • 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 January 11, 2020
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George W
29 contributions
Quaint
Jan 2020
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 January 9, 2020
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jdhag
Medellin, Colombia211 contributions
Amazing place
Nov 2019
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 December 5, 2019
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SurreyTravelGal
BC, Canada83 contributions
Impressed with the large display
Nov 2019
We popped in by chance. Was amazed at the size and all the detail invovled. A definite must see when in Old Town.
Written November 24, 2019
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Mister-Markie
San Rafael, CA2,808 contributions
Amazing layout - you'll love it!
Oct 2019
During a visit to Old Town SHP, I had to stop by here - it's a short walk from the SHP. Wow, I'm glad I did! The depot is free (feel free to leave donation on way out) and I consider that to be a true gift considering the expanse and detailing of this layout! It is divided into day and night sections, and I'm not sure which one I like better - both are highly detailed, and I don't believe I've seen a layout this size with greater detail. The layout(s) in the Balboa Park museum are much larger, but for actual detail throughout an entire layout, this is the best I've seen! The buildings, streets, people, vehicles, roads, crossings, water features, and everything else I could list are amazing. Some people prefer "operation" over "realism," but this is more my style of modeling in its truest sense. In fact, I'm going to be quiet now and let you check out the photos and see what I mean - the folks here are friendly as heck, too, and happy to chat or answer questions. Give them a visit, and catch the true spirit of scale model railroading.
Written November 12, 2019
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deegooch
184 contributions
Adorable little place!
Oct 2019
Entry is free, they do ask for donations. Small, but set up very well. We really enjoyed snapping photos as the trains zipped through the rooms!
Written October 23, 2019
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Evelyn O
El Paso, TX93 contributions
On its way to the grave
Sep 2019 • Couples
If you havent seen this you are missing out on something pretty amazing. A whole community depicted in the 1950s with all sorts of fun things for the young and old alike. From the businesses that were to the billboards with familiar as well as fun catchy sayings. It is easy to spend an hour or more taking in the creativity of this well layed out model train community.

Sad thing is at the end of September this little gem will cease to exist. Due to age and failing health the proprietors and creators of this awsome exhibit can no longer maintain it and it will be shutting down and boxed up.

So if you are in the area of old town San Diego in the next few weeks make it a priority to go by the model train depot just down the street from the Coyote Cafe.
Written September 9, 2019
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  • Thu - Sun 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM


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