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“trains, trains, trains”

San Diego Model Railroad Museum
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Ranked #42 of 435 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 francisco
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“trains, trains, trains”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Best model railroad museum or collection in the country. A collection of model railroading clubs housed together in this large space give visitors a view of many types of model railroading and many miniature views of different parts of the state since each club has modeled a different part of California in their layout. Don't miss the Tehachapi pass, it's the biggest and most amazing.

Visited April 2013
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Lexington, Kentucky
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297 reviews
198 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
“Be mesmerized by amazing models for a day!”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

This museum was among our favorite experiences in San Diego. Kids who love trains (are there any who don't?) will have to be dragged out at closing! Model quality and attention to detail are first class. My only criticism is that the operators / model builders weren't friendly. I felt as though we were intruding in their club, weren't very welcome, and were allowed in only to finance their hobby. Maybe I'm being extreme, but relative to our other experiences in San Diego, customer service was the worst. Regardless, you don't need service here - just stare at the models for hours!

Visited April 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Even nice for older children”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Our children 10 and 13 liked it very much, and so did I. There are several very large railroad displays, some historic, some more fun displays. The volunteers have a great time playing with the trains and explaining what is happening.

Visited March 2013
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Northern California
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242 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Fun; unexpected”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Balboa Park must have more museums grouped in one area that any one single other place in the world (even more than the Mall in D.C.). This was a totally serendipitous find. In fact we were in SD for a conference and just wanted a walk in the park (we know San Diego) when we came upon the Model Railroad Museum. It's terrific fun for young and old. You do have to look for it in the park. It doesn't just hit you in the face.

Visited March 2013
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Sowerby Bridge, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“This could blow your mind”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

I used to be a bit of a model railway enthusiast when younger but grew out of any active involvement in my teens, merely visiting the occasional exhibition. This place was below our pre-visit radar so we more-or-less stumbled upon it and boy, are we glad we did. The layouts are so extensive and detailed that they completely outshine anything I have seen before. They would probably impress someone with a better knowledge of Californian geography and railway history even more. As Michelin guides say "worth the journey". I can offer no greater recommendation.

Visited February 2013
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