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“Old boy's toys................”

San Diego Model Railroad Museum
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$89.00*
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Ranked #43 of 434 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.
Coronado, California
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442 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Old boy's toys................”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

What an enjoyable visit to the Model Railroad museum to see all the club displays and the enjoyment of the 'railroaders' as they drove their trains. All these men were very proud and were very open to engage in discussing their hobby and their trains. A must see bargain in San Diego.

Visited May 2013
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Mission Viejo, California
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“My Hobby”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

A great experience for the whole family. So much to see and so many eras shown. The intricate models are mind-blowing. The displays change all the time so even if you went a second time it is possible to see different displays and set ups. This one is a must see

Visited April 2013
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san francisco
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10 reviews
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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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258 reviews
166 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 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
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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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