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San Diego Model Railroad Museum – Virtual Tour

San Diego Model Railroad Museum - Virtual Tour

San Diego Model Railroad Museum – Virtual Tour

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is a large set of model railroad exhibits. At 27,000 sq. ft., it is the largest model railroading indoor exhibit in North America.

Model railroading consists of rail transport systems that are modeled at a reduced scale. The scale models include locomotives, rolling stock, streetcars, tracks, signaling, and landscapes.

The landscape modeling includes countryside, roads, bridges, buildings, vehicles, urban landscape, model figures, lights, and features such as rivers, hills, tunnels, and canyons.

The Museum opened in 1982 with a mission to:

“preserve the heritage of railroading through a series of miniature representations of California railroads, research and preserve the history of model railroading.”

The museum also has a specialized not-circulating library related to both model railroading and real railroads. The library collection includes books, magazines, videotapes, blueprints, and other materials for research. 

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum exhibits some of the largest HO (1:87 scale) and N (1∶160 scale) layouts of their types. (Depending upon the manufacturer (or country), the N scale ranges from 1∶148 to 1∶160.)

The model railroads were built and are maintained by local railroad clubs, which exhibit their respective displays.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum - Virtual Tour

Highlights of the San Diego Model Railroad Museum

  • Cabrillo & Southwestern (O scale) – the layout is a representation of a route from San Diego to Sacramento
  • Pacific Desert Lines (N scale) – the layout is based on a rail line that was surveyed but never built
  • San Diego & Arizona Eastern RR (HO scale) – the layout is based on the prototype San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway line through Carriso Gorge to the desert floor at El Centro
  • Tehachapi Pass (HO scale) the two-level layout represents the joint Southern Pacific / Santa Fe railroad from Bakersfield to Mojave, California, of the 1950s
  • Train Gallery (3-Rail O gauge) – a layout with four separate main lines, realistic scenery, and many operating accessories

San Diego Model Railroad Museum - Virtual Tour

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

  • Museum:       San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • City:               San Diego, California
  • Country:        United States
  • State:             California
  • Established:  1980
  • Type:             Specialist Museum
  • Location:       1649 El Prado Modern and Contemporary Art and Dynamic, San Diego, CA, United States

San Diego Model Railroad Museum – Map

San Diego Model Railroad Museum – 360 Views 

San Diego Model Railroad Museum – 360 Views

San Diego Model Railroad Museum – 360 Views

San Diego Model Railroad Museum – 360 Views

San Diego Model Railroad Museum – 360 Views

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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

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“The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before.”
– Gilbert K. Chesterton

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