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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
+1 619-696-0199
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Very good display for all ages

The museum was a great example of what can be done by dedicated people. There are many layouts... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
KevinF484
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Pitt Meadows, Canada
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Good Visit

Thoroughly enjoyable visit to the model railway. I would not like to guess how many hours of work... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ian_Wand
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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One of the world's largest model railroad museums features a scale model railway that replicates San Diego's tracks.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101-1621
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum was a great example of what can be done by dedicated people. There are many layouts through the basement level of the building. Most were running at least a few trains on them. My spouse loved the little animals and the scenes that...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyable visit to the model railway. I would not like to guess how many hours of work that have gone into creating these layouts. Quality and commitment shines through. The one negative of the visit was the cashier who on the day we visited...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been here before, but it never fails to get my full attention. The model presentations are fantastic and show many different types of landscape and urban situations. Almost every ten feet you could study exactly what they have designed and laid out. Some of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like model railroads, this is a must-see place. There are over 7 different layouts to visit, with some stretching as far as the eye can see. Whether you enjoy O guage, N guage, HO guage or garden trains, there is something for everyone....More

1  Thank Warren N
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the displays in this museum. Some real work by volunteers and organizations goes into setting up these model villages and trains.

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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

An amazing experience of model railroading with incredible detail in multiple gauges or sizes of track. Especially wonderful for children to experience days gone by when constructing and simplicity were enough. Much more satisfying than game boy. Take the kids!

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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

This review is based on my son’s reaction. At first, I was a little skeptical and thought the museum might be a little boring. However, my son’s enthusiasm really proved the place was worthwhile and really fun for him. He is 5 years old and...More

Thank RuTut
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

The attention to detail in the O guage trains and, more impressive, in the construction effort that went in to making this very large display which fills two rooms of wall to wall train displays. What added tremendously to my pleasure was being giving a...More

1  Thank kennebunk_larryMaine
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

There are lots of model trains to see and an activity room for kids. They seem to change some of the railroads around so the scenery might be different since the last visit.

Thank Dee S
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

This is the largest model railroad exhibit in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world. This was my second visit to the museum. The first time I met an employee Brian who took the time to talk to me about the exhibition...More

1  Thank LouisM565
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Not a lot. 5 or 6 dollars as I recall
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