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!

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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.

Event Alert! 🎉 We're hosting our first 2021 Family Day on June 19, celebrating the Dads and Dad-like Dudes that make us ...
06/09/2021

Event Alert! 🎉 We're hosting our first 2021 Family Day on June 19, celebrating the Dads and Dad-like Dudes that make us laugh & teach us important lessons. ​

Visit SDMRM on Saturday 6/19 for crafts, cards, and more! Museum members, visit & receive a special gift that you can share with a dad in your life. ​

See you there with dad in tow! 👨‍👧‍👦​
Tickets: https://tickets.sdmrm.org/e/san-diego-model-railroad-museum-2021​

(Pre-pandemic photo)

Event Alert! 🎉 We're hosting our first 2021 Family Day on June 19, celebrating the Dads and Dad-like Dudes that make us laugh & teach us important lessons. ​

Visit SDMRM on Saturday 6/19 for crafts, cards, and more! Museum members, visit & receive a special gift that you can share with a dad in your life. ​

See you there with dad in tow! 👨‍👧‍👦​
Tickets: https://tickets.sdmrm.org/e/san-diego-model-railroad-museum-2021​

(Pre-pandemic photo)

Bring the fun to your home! 🚞 🏡 Virtual Summer Camp teaches kids how to build a miniature railroad of their own, and eve...
06/07/2021

Bring the fun to your home! 🚞 🏡 Virtual Summer Camp teaches kids how to build a miniature railroad of their own, and everything you need can be shipped to your door! Register at https://www.sdmrm.org/summer-camps​

➡️ If you need supplies shipped, please register for Session 1 by June 15 or Session 2 by June 22. ​
➡️ Session 1: June 22-24​
➡️ Session 2: June 29-July 1

Bring the fun to your home! 🚞 🏡 Virtual Summer Camp teaches kids how to build a miniature railroad of their own, and everything you need can be shipped to your door! Register at https://www.sdmrm.org/summer-camps​

➡️ If you need supplies shipped, please register for Session 1 by June 15 or Session 2 by June 22. ​
➡️ Session 1: June 22-24​
➡️ Session 2: June 29-July 1

06/05/2021
Last Day to Support Our Railroad Modelers!

The San Diego 3-Railers are known for their engine-uity 🤣 in track planning and design! Four track lines can become independent loops, to allow for up to 7 trains to run simultaneously.

‼️ Today is the LAST DAY to give - 50% of donations to the museum made today will support the San Diego 3-Railers, an independent model railroading club. Give at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate

Tomorrow is the LAST day to support the 3-Railers with your donations! Give at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate to help main...
06/04/2021
Spotlight on the Toy Train Gallery | San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Tomorrow is the LAST day to support the 3-Railers with your donations! Give at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate to help maintain & operate our Toy Train Gallery for years to come.

Want to learn more about the Toy Train Gallery? Watch our newest YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/ntLUthJZ21w

The Toy Train Gallery, created and operated by the San Diego 3-Railers, has been delighting guests of the San Diego Model Railroad Museum for almost 20 years...

#Throwback to the San Diego 3-Railers’ Tree-Making Party on June 8, 2002 🌲Club members like John Ritch (pictured here) g...
06/03/2021

#Throwback to the San Diego 3-Railers’ Tree-Making Party on June 8, 2002 🌲Club members like John Ritch (pictured here) gathered to create little trees for the Toy Train Gallery!

💡Remember, during 3-Rail Spotlight Week (May 30-June 5), 50% of donations to the museum will support the San Diego 3-Railers, an independent model railroading club. Give at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate to support these operators and modelers!

#ThrowbackThursday

#Throwback to the San Diego 3-Railers’ Tree-Making Party on June 8, 2002 🌲Club members like John Ritch (pictured here) gathered to create little trees for the Toy Train Gallery!

💡Remember, during 3-Rail Spotlight Week (May 30-June 5), 50% of donations to the museum will support the San Diego 3-Railers, an independent model railroading club. Give at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate to support these operators and modelers!

#ThrowbackThursday

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…#TrainFactTuesday! From the Caped Crusader and his trusty sidekick stopping a bank robbe...
06/01/2021

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…#TrainFactTuesday! From the Caped Crusader and his trusty sidekick stopping a bank robbery to the Man of Steel getting ready to save the day, there are little heroes along the rails of the Toy Train Gallery. Next time you visit, see who you can find!

💡Remember, during 3-Rail Spotlight Week (May 30-June 5), 50% of donations to the museum will support the San Diego 3-Railers, an independent model railroading club. Keep our engines running at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate

05/31/2021
We are Open Memorial Day

Today is #MemorialDay, and we are open! After your honors and celebrations for those who came before, travel to the Toy Train Gallery to see the America of yesteryear. When creating the exhibit, the San Diego 3-Railers took inspiration from American small towns of their youth to create areas like Lesserton.

💡 During 3-Rail Spotlight Week (May 30-June 5), 50% of donations to the museum will support the San Diego 3-Railers, an independent model railroading club. Give at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate

Take a look into our world of pure imagination! Our social media this week will focus entirely on the Toy Train Gallery ...
05/30/2021

Take a look into our world of pure imagination! Our social media this week will focus entirely on the Toy Train Gallery and the San Diego 3-Railers, the club that created it.

Four independent model railroad clubs maintain & operate the exhibits you know and love at the museum. Each club will have its own Spotlight Week to showcase its contributions to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. During these Spotlight Weeks, the museum is asking you to help reach its $40,000 goal! 50% of the donations made to the museum during a Spotlight Week will support the model railroad club that is featured. Give at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate

The Toy Train Gallery is in O Scale, so one foot of the model represents 48 real-life feet. It’s a freelance model railroad, meaning it is completely created by the modelers, instead of a historical railroad. Drawing upon the traditional toy train sets of the 1950s, the gallery transports guests to a fantasy world full of bright colors, vibrant towns, and beloved characters.

Keep your 👀 on our social media to learn more about this whimsical exhibit!

Take a look into our world of pure imagination! Our social media this week will focus entirely on the Toy Train Gallery and the San Diego 3-Railers, the club that created it.

Four independent model railroad clubs maintain & operate the exhibits you know and love at the museum. Each club will have its own Spotlight Week to showcase its contributions to the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. During these Spotlight Weeks, the museum is asking you to help reach its $40,000 goal! 50% of the donations made to the museum during a Spotlight Week will support the model railroad club that is featured. Give at https://www.sdmrm.org/donate

The Toy Train Gallery is in O Scale, so one foot of the model represents 48 real-life feet. It’s a freelance model railroad, meaning it is completely created by the modelers, instead of a historical railroad. Drawing upon the traditional toy train sets of the 1950s, the gallery transports guests to a fantasy world full of bright colors, vibrant towns, and beloved characters.

Keep your 👀 on our social media to learn more about this whimsical exhibit!

Only three weekends until The Carolwood Pacific: Walt's Magical Railroad steams away on June 13! Don't miss your chance ...
05/26/2021

Only three weekends until The Carolwood Pacific: Walt's Magical Railroad steams away on June 13! Don't miss your chance to see artifacts from Walt Disney's backyard railroad and pieces of theme park history. Thank you to Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn for partnering with us to bring some extra magic to SDMRM.

Only three weekends until The Carolwood Pacific: Walt's Magical Railroad steams away on June 13! Don't miss your chance to see artifacts from Walt Disney's backyard railroad and pieces of theme park history. Thank you to Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn for partnering with us to bring some extra magic to SDMRM.

Summer 2021 is shaping up to be a summer of fun, but why not keep the fun going ALL year? SDMRM offers a variety of memb...
05/24/2021

Summer 2021 is shaping up to be a summer of fun, but why not keep the fun going ALL year? SDMRM offers a variety of membership options to let you choose how you want to enjoy unlimited museum admission, special discounts, and more! ️Visit https://www.sdmrm.org/become-a-member for all the details.​

📸 Instagrammer, cecilia_kendzior

Summer 2021 is shaping up to be a summer of fun, but why not keep the fun going ALL year? SDMRM offers a variety of membership options to let you choose how you want to enjoy unlimited museum admission, special discounts, and more! ️Visit https://www.sdmrm.org/become-a-member for all the details.​

📸 Instagrammer, cecilia_kendzior

05/23/2021
Trains on the brain 🧠

Freight makes its way through the San Diego Santa Fe Depot towards the National City freight yard in our Pacific Desert Lines #NScale Layout.​

📸 Instagrammer, featheriverailfan

📣 We'll be OPEN on Memorial Day, May 31! 📣Visit from 11-4 to enjoy the exhibits you know & love, along with The Carolwoo...
05/21/2021

📣 We'll be OPEN on Memorial Day, May 31! 📣Visit from 11-4 to enjoy the exhibits you know & love, along with The Carolwood Pacific: Walt's Magical Railroad, which steams away in June!​

🎟️ Tickets available at https://tickets.sdmrm.org/e/san-diego-model-railroad-museum-2021

📸 Instagrammer, bnsf_modern_modeler​
📍 Tehachapi Pass HO-Scale Layout

📣 We'll be OPEN on Memorial Day, May 31! 📣Visit from 11-4 to enjoy the exhibits you know & love, along with The Carolwood Pacific: Walt's Magical Railroad, which steams away in June!​

🎟️ Tickets available at https://tickets.sdmrm.org/e/san-diego-model-railroad-museum-2021

📸 Instagrammer, bnsf_modern_modeler​
📍 Tehachapi Pass HO-Scale Layout

There's just a few weeks left 'til we kick off Model Railroading Summer Camp! Campers combine artistic creativity with s...
05/20/2021

There's just a few weeks left 'til we kick off Model Railroading Summer Camp! Campers combine artistic creativity with scientific know-how to create a model railroad complete with buildings, trees, and little people. ​

Virtual and in-person camps are available, and in-person will fill up fast! 👉 Visit https://www.sdmrm.org/summer-camps for all the information.​

​(pre-pandemic photo)

There's just a few weeks left 'til we kick off Model Railroading Summer Camp! Campers combine artistic creativity with scientific know-how to create a model railroad complete with buildings, trees, and little people. ​

Virtual and in-person camps are available, and in-person will fill up fast! 👉 Visit https://www.sdmrm.org/summer-camps for all the information.​

​(pre-pandemic photo)

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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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