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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

  • 1649 El Prado Map It
  • Balboa Park

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

When the exhibits at this 27,000-square-foot museum are in operation, you can hear the sounds of chugging engines, screeching brakes, and shrill whistles. Local model railroad clubs built and maintain the four main displays, which represent California railroads in "miniature," with the track laid on scale models of San Diego County terrain. Out back, the Centennial Railway Garden features replicas of the streetcars and scenes of Balboa Park during the 1015 Exposition. The Toy Train Gallery has interactive Lionel exhibit and whimsical vignettes.

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Casa de Balboa, 1649 El Prado, San Diego, California, 92101, USA

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Sight Details:

  • $10.75
  • Closed Mon.

Published 07/06/2016


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