San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum The San Diego Model Railroad hosts over 27,000 square feet of trains, trestles, and tracks in the majestic Balboa Park 🚂Open Fri-Sun 11-4!

Operating as usual

08/02/2021
Oil Tankers Through Woodford - HO-Scale

Oil tankers, pulled by powerful engines 🚆 often traversed the Tehachapi Pass in the early 1950s. Here, they pass by the #HOScale model of Woodford station, the same way they would have in real life 70 years ago!​

📸Vic Yoder, YouTube

08/01/2021
Sunday Punday!

Why do railroad tracks get so angry? 🤔 Because people always cross them! 😠 #punintended​

📍Cabrillo Southwestern #OScale Exhibit

Did you know if you visit us 3 times in one year, you've already paid for a museum membership? 😲​Membership gets you unl...
07/30/2021

Did you know if you visit us 3 times in one year, you've already paid for a museum membership? 😲​

Membership gets you unlimited museum visits, discounts in our gift shop, and reduced ticket prices for special events, all while supporting our mission!​

Learn more & join the community at https://www.sdmrm.org/become-a-member

Did you know if you visit us 3 times in one year, you've already paid for a museum membership? 😲​

Membership gets you unlimited museum visits, discounts in our gift shop, and reduced ticket prices for special events, all while supporting our mission!​

Learn more & join the community at https://www.sdmrm.org/become-a-member

We're counting the days 'til Thomas and Friends take over the museum for a day of music from Songbirds Music, arts & cra...
07/28/2021

We're counting the days 'til Thomas and Friends take over the museum for a day of music from Songbirds Music, arts & crafts, and fun! (It's 16 days, by the way...)​

🗓️ Saturday August 14 ​
🕚 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.​
➡️ https://www.sdmrm.org/thomas-family-day

We're counting the days 'til Thomas and Friends take over the museum for a day of music from Songbirds Music, arts & crafts, and fun! (It's 16 days, by the way...)​

🗓️ Saturday August 14 ​
🕚 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.​
➡️ https://www.sdmrm.org/thomas-family-day

07/27/2021
A beautiful steam train from across the pond 🇬🇧

England has about 9,320.5 miles (15,000 km) of working railways, with most of that used for passenger trains. In England, trains go over 40,000 bridges and tunnels! #TrainFactTuesday​

📸 TH Railway Videos on YouTube

Introducing the Canine Corner! 🐶 Visit our online gift shop at https://www.sdmrm.org/shop to pick up a toy, leash, or co...
07/26/2021

Introducing the Canine Corner! 🐶 Visit our online gift shop at https://www.sdmrm.org/shop to pick up a toy, leash, or collar for your furry friend.​

Spokesmodel: Bailey, fur baby of our Volunteer & Guest Relations Manager!

A visit here is like Monopoly - go directly to RAIL, do not pass go!​📸 Instagrammer, vanmateo559​📍San Diego & Arizona Ea...
07/23/2021

A visit here is like Monopoly - go directly to RAIL, do not pass go!​

📸 Instagrammer, vanmateo559​
📍San Diego & Arizona Eastern #HOScale Exhibit

A visit here is like Monopoly - go directly to RAIL, do not pass go!​

📸 Instagrammer, vanmateo559​
📍San Diego & Arizona Eastern #HOScale Exhibit

07/22/2021
Thomas Family Day is Coming!

Get ready – Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends return to the museum on August 14 for Thomas Family Day! From 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., enjoy live music & movement from Songbirds Music, express your creativity with arts & crafts, and watch Thomas trains make their way around our model railroad exhibits.​

You can help Thomas get to Donation Station! We only need $4,000 to reach our fundraising goal, and the money raised will help us continue to put on fun events.​

➡️ More information at https://www.sdmrm.org/thomas-family-day

07/20/2021
A Sporty Train Fact!

This #TrainFactTuesday, learn how a mischievous train prank helped a football team capture the victory 🏈 In the early morning hours of November 7, 1896, Auburn University ROTC cadets greased 400 yards of rails to prank the Georgia Tech football team, which was arriving via train for the day's game. The train slid 5 miles past the train station, and the Georgia Tech team had to walk back to Auburn. Unsurprisingly, the well-rested Auburn football team won the game.​

📍San Diego & Arizona Eastern #HOScale Exhibit

07/18/2021
Some Great News!

Our friends at Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn reopen their doors today! You got a taste of their fascinating collection in The Carolwood Pacific: Walt's Magical Railroad this spring, but a visit to the Barn reveals so much about Walt Disney's life and backyard railroad. Congratulations, Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn!

📍5202 Zoo Drive​
Los Angeles, CA 90027​
🕚Every 3rd Sunday, 11-4

Save the Date! Thomas and his friends from the Isle of Sodor will take over SDMRM on Saturday, August 14. Admission to T...
07/17/2021

Save the Date! Thomas and his friends from the Isle of Sodor will take over SDMRM on Saturday, August 14. Admission to Thomas Family Day is included with museum admission. More details coming soon on https://www.sdmrm.org/thomas-family-day 😉

Save the Date! Thomas and his friends from the Isle of Sodor will take over SDMRM on Saturday, August 14. Admission to Thomas Family Day is included with museum admission. More details coming soon on https://www.sdmrm.org/thomas-family-day 😉

#Throwback to the 2007 construction of the Erwin Welsch Research Library, which now holds over 10,000 books, serial publ...
07/15/2021

#Throwback to the 2007 construction of the Erwin Welsch Research Library, which now holds over 10,000 books, serial publications, drawings, manuscripts, maps, and more covering the history of the American railroad. ​

👉Did you know you can visit our library and use our historical resources? Email [email protected] to book a visit!​

#throwbackthursday

#Throwback to the 2007 construction of the Erwin Welsch Research Library, which now holds over 10,000 books, serial publications, drawings, manuscripts, maps, and more covering the history of the American railroad. ​

👉Did you know you can visit our library and use our historical resources? Email [email protected] to book a visit!​

#throwbackthursday

We'd like to extend our thanks to the State of California Small Business Administration and Lendistry for selecting us a...
07/14/2021

We'd like to extend our thanks to the State of California Small Business Administration and Lendistry for selecting us as recipients of the California Relief Grant! The $15,000 granted will help maintain our facilities and offer programming throughout the summer. ​

📍Tehachapi Pass #HOScale Exhibit

We'd like to extend our thanks to the State of California Small Business Administration and Lendistry for selecting us as recipients of the California Relief Grant! The $15,000 granted will help maintain our facilities and offer programming throughout the summer. ​

📍Tehachapi Pass #HOScale Exhibit

Our Toy Train Gallery is a world beyond your wildest STEAMS 🤣​📸 Instagrammer, Erin.bambinitravel
07/12/2021

Our Toy Train Gallery is a world beyond your wildest STEAMS 🤣​

📸 Instagrammer, Erin.bambinitravel

Our Toy Train Gallery is a world beyond your wildest STEAMS 🤣​

📸 Instagrammer, Erin.bambinitravel

This little #NScale farm has seen a lot of sunny days, but we all know when it TRAINS, it pours! 🌧️​ #punintended
07/11/2021

This little #NScale farm has seen a lot of sunny days, but we all know when it TRAINS, it pours! 🌧️​ #punintended

This little #NScale farm has seen a lot of sunny days, but we all know when it TRAINS, it pours! 🌧️​ #punintended

Did you know we have a replica of an early 1900s trolley? 🚎 Trolleys like these transported people around San Diego, inc...
07/07/2021

Did you know we have a replica of an early 1900s trolley? 🚎 Trolleys like these transported people around San Diego, including to the 1915 Panama California Exposition in Balboa Park. The mural behind it is the train depot in downtown San Diego as it appeared in the 1930’s. Next time you visit, come take a seat!

Did you know we have a replica of an early 1900s trolley? 🚎 Trolleys like these transported people around San Diego, including to the 1915 Panama California Exposition in Balboa Park. The mural behind it is the train depot in downtown San Diego as it appeared in the 1930’s. Next time you visit, come take a seat!

🎶 It goes on and on and on and on.... 🎶 The longest passenger train in regular service is The Ghan, which travels betwee...
07/06/2021

🎶 It goes on and on and on and on.... 🎶 The longest passenger train in regular service is The Ghan, which travels between Adelaide and Darwin, Australia. The train is typically 2 locomotives & 30 passenger cars (for a total length of 2,359 feet/774 meters). However, during peak times, the locomotives pull 44 carriages for a total length of almost 3600 feet (1096 meters) 😯 #TrainFactTuesday​

📸International Railway Journal

🎶 It goes on and on and on and on.... 🎶 The longest passenger train in regular service is The Ghan, which travels between Adelaide and Darwin, Australia. The train is typically 2 locomotives & 30 passenger cars (for a total length of 2,359 feet/774 meters). However, during peak times, the locomotives pull 44 carriages for a total length of almost 3600 feet (1096 meters) 😯 #TrainFactTuesday​

📸International Railway Journal

See you this weekend? We are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (July 4! 🇺🇸) from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.​➡️Swap Meet from 7-11 ...
07/02/2021

See you this weekend? We are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (July 4! 🇺🇸) from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.​

➡️Swap Meet from 7-11 a.m. on July 3. Admission is $3 for 1 person, $5 for duos! We're excited to host vendors from around Southern California for the first time in over a year.

See you this weekend? We are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (July 4! 🇺🇸) from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.​

➡️Swap Meet from 7-11 a.m. on July 3. Admission is $3 for 1 person, $5 for duos! We're excited to host vendors from around Southern California for the first time in over a year.

06/30/2021
🔔 Donation Update 🔔

We're VERY close to our goal - $33,700 has been raised to commemorate our anniversary. Will you help us get to $40k for 40 years?​

Make a donation at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate to keep our engines running through this summer of economic recovery. Thank you for your support!​​

📸 La Mesa Model Railroad Club - LMMRRC, Inc.
📍Tehachapi Pass #HOScale Layout

Join us for the first SDMRM Swap Meet in over a year! You'll find great deals on hard-to-find items from vendors around ...
06/28/2021

Join us for the first SDMRM Swap Meet in over a year! You'll find great deals on hard-to-find items from vendors around Southern California. Details on https://www.sdmrm.org/​

🕖 Saturday, July 3 7-11 a.m.​
📍 1649 El Prado, San Diego CA​
💵 $3 for 1 person, $5 for duos​

Please note: Item pictured is an example, and is not reflective of actual Swap Meet stock.

Join us for the first SDMRM Swap Meet in over a year! You'll find great deals on hard-to-find items from vendors around Southern California. Details on https://www.sdmrm.org/​

🕖 Saturday, July 3 7-11 a.m.​
📍 1649 El Prado, San Diego CA​
💵 $3 for 1 person, $5 for duos​

Please note: Item pictured is an example, and is not reflective of actual Swap Meet stock.

06/26/2021
FINAL Day to Donate!

This week, we took you to the miniature worlds crafted by the San Diego Model Railroad Association. Today is the FINAL DAY to give in support of these modelers, so make your gift at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate

50% of this week’s donations to the museum will support the San Diego Model Railroad Association, an independent model railroad club, and ANY amount you give helps us reach our $40,000 fundraising goal.

Two exhibits this Spotlight Week means two NEW videos on our YouTube channel!Spotlight on Cabrillo Southwestern 🚞 https:...
06/25/2021
Spotlight on Cabrillo Southwestern | San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Two exhibits this Spotlight Week means two NEW videos on our YouTube channel!

Spotlight on Cabrillo Southwestern 🚞 https://youtu.be/OvMTIZ6zzrA
Spotlight on San Diego & Arizona Eastern 🚂 https://youtu.be/L32EU3yydZI
(Special thanks to Filmsmith Productions and "Shotgun Tom" Kelly for their assistance on this video)

🔔 Don’t forget – 50% of donations to the museum this week will support the San Diego Model Railroad Association, an independent model railroad club. Give at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate

The Cabrillo Southwestern O-Scale Exhibit, created and operated by the San Diego Model Railroad Association, has been delighting guests of the San Diego Mode...

For #ThrowbackThursday we’re back where it all began – a 🐔 coop! The San Diego Model Railroad Club was founded in 1939, ...
06/24/2021

For #ThrowbackThursday we’re back where it all began – a 🐔 coop! The San Diego Model Railroad Club was founded in 1939, and its first model railroad lived in a chicken coop. It was empty, so no feathers were ruffled, but you can still spot the wire fence along the wall.

🔔 Don’t forget – 50% of donations to the museum this week will support the San Diego Model Railroad Association, an independent model railroad club. Give at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate

For #ThrowbackThursday we’re back where it all began – a 🐔 coop! The San Diego Model Railroad Club was founded in 1939, and its first model railroad lived in a chicken coop. It was empty, so no feathers were ruffled, but you can still spot the wire fence along the wall.

🔔 Don’t forget – 50% of donations to the museum this week will support the San Diego Model Railroad Association, an independent model railroad club. Give at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate

06/23/2021
A Trip Through the Mountains

Navigating tricky mountains is a challenge on all California railroads, whether they’re fantastical or historical! The Goat Canyon Trestle, which you can see in the San Diego & Arizona Eastern exhibit, was created as an alternate route after a mountain tunnel collapsed, and still stands today in real life.

🔔 Don’t forget – 50% of donations to the museum this week will support the San Diego Model Railroad Association, an independent model railroad club. Give at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate

📸 David Lancaster, YouTube

One club, two exhibits - twice the fun on #TrainFactTuesday! Don’t be shocked - the Cabrillo Southwestern exhibit is pow...
06/22/2021

One club, two exhibits - twice the fun on #TrainFactTuesday! Don’t be shocked - the Cabrillo Southwestern exhibit is powered by over 5,000 feet of wire 🔌 The San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railroad is a movie star! The railroad was featured in the 1925 silent film Beggars of Life.

🔔 Don’t forget – 50% of donations to the museum this week will support the San Diego Model Railroad Association, an independent model railroad club. Give at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate

06/21/2021
Monday Punday...

What did the train passenger say when he couldn’t find his ticket? 🤔
“That’s not FARE!” 😂

🔔 Don’t forget – 50% of donations to the museum this week will support the San Diego Model Railroad Association, an independent model railroad club. Give at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate

One model railroad club, two stunning exhibits! 🚉🚂 This Spotlight Week, our social media will focus on the San Diego & A...
06/20/2021

One model railroad club, two stunning exhibits! 🚉🚂 This Spotlight Week, our social media will focus on the San Diego & Arizona Eastern and the Cabrillo Southwestern, and the San Diego Model Railroad Association, the club that created them.

Four independent model railroad clubs maintain & operate the exhibits you know and love at the museum, and this week, the museum is asking you to help reach its $40,000 goal! 50% of the donations made to the museum this week will support the San Diego Model Railroad Association. Give at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate

The San Diego & Arizona Eastern is in HO Scale, so 1 inch of the model represents 87 inches in real life. It depicts a real railroad, from downtown San Diego to El Centro, as it existed in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The Cabrillo Southwestern is in O Scale, so 1 inch of the model represents 48 inches in real life. It is a freelance model railroad, meaning the design was entirely created from the modelers’ imagination.

Keep your 👀 on our social media to learn more about these fascinating exhibits!

Today is Juneteenth, honoring the day the last enslaved people in the nation learned of their freedom. Many of the most ...
06/19/2021

Today is Juneteenth, honoring the day the last enslaved people in the nation learned of their freedom. Many of the most important figures in the early story of the American railroad were former slaves or children of former slaves, and the events of Juneteenth set in motion a shift in the railroad industry and the whole country towards a more equitable nation. ​

We celebrate inventors like Andrew J. Beard, trailblazers like Edwina Justus, and the black railroad workers of yesterday and today. The work towards a more equitable nation, that began on June 19, 1865, is far from done. ​​

#juneteenth​
📸: Encyclopedia of Alabama, Jacobin Magazine

06/15/2021
🔔 Donation Update 🔔

🔔 Donation Update 🔔 Right now, we only need $9,974 to reach our goal, and anything YOU can give will get us even closer to raising $40k for our 40th anniversary!​

Make a donation at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate to help keep our engines running through this summer of economic recovery. Thank you for your support!​

📸Instagrammer, customrailroader​
📍Tehachapi Pass #HOScale Layout

Calling all Dads and Dad-like Dudes! We're celebrating you on June 19, with a Family Day at the museum featuring a varie...
06/13/2021

Calling all Dads and Dad-like Dudes! We're celebrating you on June 19, with a Family Day at the museum featuring a variety of crafts and activities that families can do together. See you there!​

🕦Hours: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.​
🎟️ https://tickets.sdmrm.org/e/san-diego-model-railroad-museum-2021​

(Pre-pandemic photo)

Calling all Dads and Dad-like Dudes! We're celebrating you on June 19, with a Family Day at the museum featuring a variety of crafts and activities that families can do together. See you there!​

🕦Hours: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.​
🎟️ https://tickets.sdmrm.org/e/san-diego-model-railroad-museum-2021​

(Pre-pandemic photo)

06/12/2021
Pardon Our Pun...

How long 'til your next visit to the museum? It's only a MOTOR of time...​

📍Cabrillo Southwestern #OScale Layout

Don't miss the magic! ✨ The Carolwood Pacific: Walt's Magical Railroad is in its FINAL weekend. Come down to SDMRM and s...
06/10/2021

Don't miss the magic! ✨ The Carolwood Pacific: Walt's Magical Railroad is in its FINAL weekend. Come down to SDMRM and see a variety of historical artifacts on loan from Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn - some of which were personally owned by Walt himself. ​

Thank you to Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn for collaborating with us to create this amazing exhibit.

Don't miss the magic! ✨ The Carolwood Pacific: Walt's Magical Railroad is in its FINAL weekend. Come down to SDMRM and see a variety of historical artifacts on loan from Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn - some of which were personally owned by Walt himself. ​

Thank you to Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn for collaborating with us to create this amazing exhibit.

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1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA
92101

Bus Information: (619) 233-3004 Bus Routes: #7, 7A OR 7B Nearest Trolley Station: City College, then any #7 Bus to Balboa Park

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