The San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park is dedicated to preserving the heritage of railroading and the history of model railroading. Its exhibits feature miniature representations of California railroads by its four non-profit affiliated clubs: the San Diego Model Railroad Club, La Mesa Model Railroad Club, the San Diego Society of N-Scale, and the San Diego 3-Railers. Each club is fully responsible for the design, construction, funding, and operation of its exhibit.
The museum contains the world's largest indoor model railroad display, constructed by volunteer club members. Among its exhibits are the Cabrillo Southwestern O-Scale Exhibit (1/48 actual size), the San Diego & Arizona Eastern HO-Scale Exhibit (1/87 actual size), the Tehachapi Pass HO-Scale Exhibit (1/87 actual size), and the Pacific Desert Lines N-Scale Exhibit (1/160 actual size).
In addition to its exhibits, the museum features a Toy Train Gallery with four separate main lines, all operating, including realistic scenery and many accessories.
- Tuesday through Friday: 11am to 4pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 11am to 5pm
- Closed Mondays
- Adults: $7
- Seniors (65+): $6
- Students (with ID): $3
- Active Military (with ID): $2.50
- Children under 15: Free when accompanied by an adult
- Address: 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
- Phone: 619-696-0199
- Website: www.sdmrm.org