Old Town Model Railroad Depot, San Diego

4.9
#16 of 39 in Museums in San Diego
Located in historic Old Town San Diego, the Old Town Model Railroad Depot provides visitors with a nostalgic trip back to the late 1950's America, The 2500 square foot O-Scale layouts is one of the largest in the country and includes special effects including baseball game fireworks and a thunderstorm. Steam and diesel engines power through the country and the nighttime city scenes all day long! Come by and join in the fun!
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  • ...to love this little museum. Anyone who appreciates detailed craftsmanship will enjoy this! A highlight of our old town san Diego visit!  more »
  • While visiting Old Town San Diego for the day, we stumbled across this amazing place. It's a two room format, one daytime and one night and the trains make a giant loop around both. Staffed by volunte...  more »
  • What a fun place and way to show a bit of local history! This model railroad display appeals to both the young (step up boxes to the windows are available for small people) and the young at heart. The...  more »
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  • This is a must if your in Old Town. My son loves trains and when I saw this I knew it was something we had to do. It wasn’t crowded at all I think I only one other family was there when we walked in. It’s free to go in but they do ask for a donation. One really cool thing is, they have little stands built at areas around the track where kids can stand up and watch the train pass by. My son loved it. I did hold his hands because he was so excited I thought he might reach out and grab the train. They have put a lot of work into that model and even if you don’t have kids you should walk through and appreciate the hard work they have put in. I recommend this stop to anyone in the area and if you passing close by and have kids that love trains I would advise you to go out if your way to see it.
  • We loved it, even brought our grandkids back to see it. It is amazing and unbelievable the details in it. The gentlemen who run it are so nice and informative. I hope they get enough donations to keep it going. It is a master piece, something the children today don't see much of. They were fascinated by it, ages 4 and 8. Thank you.
  • This place is pretty amazing and highly recommended for families to visit, with or without kids. It's free to enter (donation through donation box is optional) and enjoy the large miniature train setups with many cool landscapes, buildings, cool lighting, bridges, miniature cars and peoples etc. My family enjpyed it so much, we happily provide some donation at the end. Excellent job by the owner whose passion for miniature trains really showed through this oil exhibit. Thank You for letting enjoy this.
  • This is an awesome spot. We stumbled upon the Old Town Model Railroad museum after eating lunch in Old Town. Free admission, they just ask for a donation which I would encourage you to make. $5-10 is well worth it. Our 3 year old son could have spent hours in the train museum. He loved it and it was impressive how much detail everything had. You definitely need to check this place out next time you're in Old Town. Check out more on YouTube / Alex & Erika
  • A fun place to visit if you're in the area. A lot of time went into making this town and railroad. So many small details to enjoy. We brought our two toddlers here and they LOVED it!! It's free to get in but they do have a place to donate money if you so choose.
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