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 ๐Ÿš‚ We are temporarily closed.

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There are constant innovations in railroad technology, and today's #TrainFactTuesday is no exception. In 2018, some Japa...
08/11/2020

There are constant innovations in railroad technology, and today's #TrainFactTuesday is no exception. In 2018, some Japanese trains were programmed to imitate the sounds of a deer snorting ๐ŸฆŒ and a dog barking ๐Ÿถ in order to scare away animals that venture onto the train tracks! โ€‹

Many people have had to celebrate their birthdays a little differently this year...and Thomas the Tank Engine and his pa...
08/10/2020

Many people have had to celebrate their birthdays a little differently this year...and Thomas the Tank Engine and his pals are no exception! Starting August 17, SDMRM will host Thomas Takeover Week, a virtual 75th birthday party for the trains of Wilbert Awdry's Railway Series ๐ŸŽ‰โ€‹

Thomas needs your help to make his way to Donation Station! We'd love to celebrate the Railway Series' legacy by raising $3,000 before 8/23 so the museum may continue all the programming you know and love through these uncertain times.โ€‹

Visit sdmrm.org/thomasweek to donate and learn more!โ€‹

Tomorrow kicks off Shark Week, the renowned week on Discovery celebrating these majestic, powerful creatures ๐Ÿฆˆ โ€‹Anyone k...
08/08/2020

Tomorrow kicks off Shark Week, the renowned week on Discovery celebrating these majestic, powerful creatures ๐Ÿฆˆ โ€‹

Anyone know where this little finned friend swims in our museum?โ€‹

Kids love to ask questions ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ so we created FREE educational resources to help you answer all of them! โ€‹From the me...
08/06/2020

Kids love to ask questions ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ so we created FREE educational resources to help you answer all of them! โ€‹

From the mechanics of maglevs ๐Ÿš… to the importance of the caboose, to how to draw a locomotive โฌ‡๏ธ you can find all our educational content at https://www.sdmrm.org/teacher-student-resourceโ€‹

08/04/2020

Now THAT's a role model...or, a model on a roll?

Another manic Monday makes us wish we could disappear into this peaceful little layout ๐Ÿ˜Œโ€‹
08/03/2020

Another manic Monday makes us wish we could disappear into this peaceful little layout ๐Ÿ˜Œโ€‹

07/31/2020

This model car in our 3-Railer Room is getting its Friday fuel-up โ›ฝ โ€‹

In need of a Friday fuel-up of your own? Here's some ideas: ๐Ÿšด ๐ŸŽน ๐ŸŽจ ๐Ÿท

๐Ÿ’ญ ๐ŸŒ‰ The bridge that might have been...Our N-Scale Pacific Desert Line shows a route planned in 1855 through California a...
07/30/2020

๐Ÿ’ญ ๐ŸŒ‰ The bridge that might have been...Our N-Scale Pacific Desert Line shows a route planned in 1855 through California and Arizona that was never built. We've brought it to life in the museum's smallest scale! โ€‹

This #TrainFactTuesday, we're going transcontinental! ๐ŸŒ The world's longest train ride ventures from Portugal to Vietnam...
07/28/2020

This #TrainFactTuesday, we're going transcontinental! ๐ŸŒ The world's longest train ride ventures from Portugal to Vietnam โ€“ over 10,000 miles long, 10 trains, and 2 weeks of travel! Sound like the perfect getaway to anyone?

This week we kick off our final session of Virtual Summer Camp ๐ŸŒค๏ธ and we are grateful to all our campers and their paren...
07/27/2020

This week we kick off our final session of Virtual Summer Camp ๐ŸŒค๏ธ and we are grateful to all our campers and their parents for their involvement and support! โ€‹

Because of the overwhelmingly positive response, we're finding ways to offer interactive model railroading lessons to kids all year round. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks!โ€‹

We're incredibly grateful for the support of our museum Members โค๏ธ They give to us, and we give back! โ€‹Membership gets y...
07/25/2020

We're incredibly grateful for the support of our museum Members โค๏ธ They give to us, and we give back! โ€‹

Membership gets you perks like unlimited museum admission, a gift shop discount, opportunities to visit other San Diego museums via membership exchanges, and member-exclusive offers and events. There are virtual events in the works, so keep your eyes peeled! โ€‹

Join our membership community here โžก๏ธ https://www.sdmrm.org/become-a-memberโ€‹

Thank you to Hoa Quach of the Times of San Diego for spreading the word about our interactive and creative Virtual Summe...
07/23/2020
San Diego Model Railroad Museum Hosts Virtual Summer Camps - Times of San Diego

Thank you to Hoa Quach of the Times of San Diego for spreading the word about our interactive and creative Virtual Summer Camps! The final session is next week, and we are excited to host another group of future engineers.

https://timesofsandiego.com/arts/2020/07/22/san-diego-model-railroad-museum-hosts-virtual-summer-camps/

San Diego Model Railroad Museum is continuing to run its virtual summer camps through the month of July.

Hmm...There's a lot to keep TRACK of here ๐Ÿ˜‚โ€‹โฃโฃAnyone know where this little car waits at the railroad crossing? Guess in...
07/23/2020

Hmm...There's a lot to keep TRACK of here ๐Ÿ˜‚โ€‹โฃ
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Anyone know where this little car waits at the railroad crossing? Guess in the comments ๐Ÿ‘‡โ€‹โฃ

๐ŸŽต Come with meโ€‹And you'll beโ€‹In a world of pure imagination ๐ŸŽตโ€‹We miss hosting you in our world of pure imagination and h...
07/20/2020

๐ŸŽต Come with meโ€‹
And you'll beโ€‹
In a world of pure imagination ๐ŸŽตโ€‹

We miss hosting you in our world of pure imagination and hope to see you soon! โ€‹

๐Ÿ“ธ: rajivgoshah on Instagramโ€‹

The globally-beloved Thomas the Tank Engine turns 75 this year! ๐ŸŽ‚ You can view this friendly blue engine making his way ...
07/18/2020

The globally-beloved Thomas the Tank Engine turns 75 this year! ๐ŸŽ‚ You can view this friendly blue engine making his way around the tracks in our Toy Train Gallery.โ€‹

Learn more about Thomas and his friends in our online exhibit at https://www.sdmrm.org/thomas-and-friends. Listen to stories from the isle of Sodor and dream up an island of your own!โ€‹

Today is World Emoji Day, and we love the huge variety of train emojis available on phones around the world, including s...
07/17/2020

Today is World Emoji Day, and we love the huge variety of train emojis available on phones around the world, including steam ๐Ÿš‚ diesel ๐Ÿšž ๐Ÿš‰ and newer electric trains like the monorail ๐Ÿš and high-speed "bullet" train ๐Ÿš…โ€‹

What's your favorite type of train? Comment its emoji below!

Happy #TrainFactTuesday from SDMRM! Did you know the first steam engine lost a race to a horse ๐Ÿ˜ฒ?! โ€‹On August 28, 1830 e...
07/14/2020

Happy #TrainFactTuesday from SDMRM! Did you know the first steam engine lost a race to a horse ๐Ÿ˜ฒ?! โ€‹

On August 28, 1830 engineer Peter Cooper was challenged to race his new engine against a horse-drawn train car. A piece of the engine broke, and the horse crossed the finish line ๐Ÿ‡ However, the race convinced the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company to use Cooper's engine, beginning the widespread use of the steam engine in the United States. โ€‹

๐ŸŽถClang, clang, clang went the trolleyโ€‹Ding, ding, ding went the bell ๐Ÿ””๐ŸŽถโ€‹The Class 1 Streetcars were created for the 1915...
07/13/2020

๐ŸŽถClang, clang, clang went the trolleyโ€‹
Ding, ding, ding went the bell ๐Ÿ””๐ŸŽถโ€‹

The Class 1 Streetcars were created for the 1915 California-Panama Exhibition in Balboa Park and served thousands of San Diegans for nearly 25 years. Our interactive garden layout re-creates how Balboa Park looked during the Exhibition, trolley and all!โ€‹

Our campers, like Alex K., are getting crafty at HOME this summer! They're sent materials to create their own model rail...
07/11/2020

Our campers, like Alex K., are getting crafty at HOME this summer! They're sent materials to create their own model railroad, and our education team helps them bring their creative ideas to life.โ€‹

โžก๏ธ Visit https://www.sdmrm.org/summer-camps to register for our final 2 sessions!โ€‹

Before food delivery ๐Ÿšด and drive-thrus ๐Ÿš— there were drive-in restaurants, where carhops (waitstaff on rollerskates!) ser...
07/08/2020

Before food delivery ๐Ÿšด and drive-thrus ๐Ÿš— there were drive-in restaurants, where carhops (waitstaff on rollerskates!) served meals to hungry guests waiting in their cars. โ€‹

Our little drive-in is modeled on Mels Drive In, a restaurant founded in San Francisco in 1947!โ€‹

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, museums in San Diego must close for the time being. While all of us at SDMRM are sadd...
07/07/2020
San Diego Model Railroad Museum

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, museums in San Diego must close for the time being. While all of us at SDMRM are saddened to hear we cannot welcome visitors, we're grateful to all who visited over the holiday weekend and look forward to hosting guests again when it is safe to do so. Stay tuned for updates!

The sudden closure mandate means the San Diego Model Railroad Museum needs your help more than ever. Donation to our GoFundMe will ensure that no matter what, we can continue offering enriching and interactive at-home programming and exhibits to our community during this critical time and well into the future.

https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/sdmrm

Help us raise money to support the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. Your donation helps support our education and exhibit programming

THANK YOU to all our guests that celebrated with us this weekend! We look forward to seeing more smiling (but for now ma...
07/06/2020

THANK YOU to all our guests that celebrated with us this weekend! We look forward to seeing more smiling (but for now masked!) faces in the future when we can safely reopen for the long term ๐Ÿ˜ท

*This photo was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Happy Fourth of July - and grand reopening day! - from the San Diego Model Railroad Museum ๐Ÿ—ฝ Visit us before 4 p.m. toda...
07/04/2020

Happy Fourth of July - and grand reopening day! - from the San Diego Model Railroad Museum ๐Ÿ—ฝ Visit us before 4 p.m. today to see the American story of railroading told through our unique collection of exhibits.โ€‹

๐Ÿ‘‰ Visit https://www.sdmrm.org/covid19 to know what to expect and how we're keeping you safe.โ€‹

As we prepare to reopen our doors, we'd like to say a heartfelt thank-you to our members, whose support helped carry us ...
07/04/2020

As we prepare to reopen our doors, we'd like to say a heartfelt thank-you to our members, whose support helped carry us through months of closure โค๏ธ We're happy to have you back! โ€‹

If you're interested in supporting SDMRM through membership and receiving unlimited admission (and MORE!) visit https://www.sdmrm.org/become-a-member โ€‹

This summer, our education team has taken SDMRM summer camp VIRTUAL! Campers are learning how to build a model railroad,...
07/01/2020

This summer, our education team has taken SDMRM summer camp VIRTUAL! Campers are learning how to build a model railroad, complete with painted trees, buildings and people, all from home. All campers receive two FREE museum passes to use when they're ready to leave the station ๐Ÿกโ€‹

Registration is still open โ€“ check out https://www.sdmrm.org/summer-camps for more information!โ€‹

๐Ÿ‘‰ Museum members receive $10 offโ€‹

We're excited to welcome guests back to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum on July 4th, and we want to make sure our gu...
06/29/2020

We're excited to welcome guests back to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum on July 4th, and we want to make sure our guests feel comfortable enjoying our exhibits and attractions. Before you stop by SDMRM to blow off some steam, visit https://www.sdmrm.org/covid19 to see what we're doing to keep all our trainspotters safe ๐Ÿš‰ See you soon!โ€‹

*This picture was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.โ€‹

We're reopening! The San Diego Model Railroad Museum will happily open its doors to the public beginning Saturday, July ...
06/28/2020

We're reopening! The San Diego Model Railroad Museum will happily open its doors to the public beginning Saturday, July 4. โค๏ธ To thank our SDMRM members for their generous support, we've partnered with the San Diego History Center and Museum of Photographic Arts for a members-ONLY preview of all three museums on Thursday, July 2 & Friday, July 3 from 11:00am-4:00pm. We're thrilled to have our wheels turning again!

What to expect during your visit: https://www.sdmrm.org/covid19

Dear San Diego Model Railroad Museum Family, While these are values that we have and are always working on, we feel as a...
06/05/2020

Dear San Diego Model Railroad Museum Family,



While these are values that we have and are always working on, we feel as a community organization, it is important in light of recent events to express and emphasize our commitment to the organizationโ€™s core values.



The museum is dedicated to its diverse community and seeks to be a source of human connectivity.



Sincerely,



The San Diego Model Railroad Museum

โ˜€๏ธBooking Now!โ˜€๏ธ San Diego Model Railroad Museum's Virtual Summer Model Railroad Camp! Available coast-to-coast from mid...
05/26/2020

โ˜€๏ธBooking Now!โ˜€๏ธ San Diego Model Railroad Museum's Virtual Summer Model Railroad Camp!

Available coast-to-coast from mid-June through the end of July! ๐ŸŒŠโ›ฐ๏ธ

Visit www.sdmrm.org/summer-camps or contact [email protected] for more information and to secure your place today! ๐Ÿš‚

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SDMRM would like to take this Memorial Day to honor all those who have served and supported our nation, and are no longe...
05/25/2020

SDMRM would like to take this Memorial Day to honor all those who have served and supported our nation, and are no longer with us.

We are grateful to you.

๐Ÿ“ฃ Big News! ๐ŸŽ‰ The San Diego Model Railroad Museum's STEAM for SCHOOL is back with more "Trains of Thought"! ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚ In this e...
05/21/2020

๐Ÿ“ฃ Big News! ๐ŸŽ‰ The San Diego Model Railroad Museum's STEAM for SCHOOL is back with more "Trains of Thought"! ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚


In this episode, we discuss Locomotives. Click the link to watch the full video now! ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://youtu.be/QVZwX-1OdYA ๐Ÿ‘

And don't forget, there are three earlier episodes to view - in case you missed them. ๐Ÿ“š Head over to our YouTube Channel for more Educational Videos and don't forget to subscribe! โ–ถ๏ธ โค๏ธ
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The San Diego Model Railroad Museum wants to take this time to thank everyone who has generously donated over the course...
05/08/2020

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum wants to take this time to thank everyone who has generously donated over the course of the last month.
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Because of YOU, we were successfully able to surpass our GoFundMe goal of $7,500 and become one of the 350 eligible non-profit organizations to receive a $1,000 donation from GoFundMe Charity! Additional gifts given by our supporters, helped the museum raise a combined amount of over $16,000!
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YOU have made an impact. Support made by community members like yourself is essential to fulfilling the museum's mission. This allows SDMRM to continue bringing you public programming and exhibits that everyone may enjoy safely in the near future.
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The San Diego Model Railroad Museum could not have done it without you and we cannot wait to see you again soon!
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In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we would like to send a gracious THANK YOU to all teachers, educators and school ...
05/07/2020

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we would like to send a gracious THANK YOU to all teachers, educators and school communities!

Teachers change lives and play such an incredible role in inspiring curiosity, discovery and learning for our children. One memorable teacher can make a long-term difference for the rest of a child's life.

We particularly want to send a special shout-out to our very own Education Staff at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum - Julia and Eddie! Their dedication, expertise, creativity and love of education energizes the entire museum and the San Diego community. It's a privilege to recognize you both and all that you do!

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Happy Hump Day!.We hope this train joke brings you a little cheer and helps get you through the middle of the week..Also...
05/06/2020

Happy Hump Day!
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We hope this train joke brings you a little cheer and helps get you through the middle of the week.
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Also, can you guess which San Diego Model Railroad Museum club layout is featured in this picture? Let us know in the comments below!
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