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“Nice, big HO layout and some extras”

San Diego Model Railroad Museum
Ranked #42 of 451 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed June 1, 2013

Needed something to do in Balboa Park with a train-obsessed three-year-old. This fits the bill perfectly, and the prices are pretty reasonable.

The museum is in the basement of one of the buildings. There's a pretty big HO layout with a lot of accessories and working parts, some viewing stands for younger (and shorter!) children. There's also a couple smaller O-scale layouts, a few wooden train play rooms, and the biggest (and only) museum N scale work I've seen.

Add in a room for railroad clubs to set up a temporary layout, and you have a pretty good few hours of wandering around.

Thank plavacek
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Stopped in here after purchasing a Groupon. Interesting display of train layouts. Took about an hour to go through it all. Will definitely be back to see the progress on their new layout!

Thank WDWLuvr
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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.

1  Thank Gene F
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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

Thank Chris C
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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.

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