San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum The San Diego Model Railroad is the Largest AAM Accredited Model Railroad Museum in North America with over 27,000 sq.ft. of Model Railroad Layouts
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☀️Booking Now!☀️ San Diego Model Railroad Museum's Virtual Summer Model Railroad Camp! Available coast-to-coast from mid...
05/26/2020

☀️Booking Now!☀️ San Diego Model Railroad Museum's Virtual Summer Model Railroad Camp!

Available coast-to-coast from mid-June through the end of July! 🌊⛰️

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

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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.

📣 Big News! 🎉 The San Diego Model Railroad Museum's STEAM for SCHOOL is back with more "Trains of Thought"! 🚂🚂 In this e...
05/21/2020

📣 Big News! 🎉 The San Diego Model Railroad Museum's STEAM for SCHOOL is back with more "Trains of Thought"! 🚂🚂


In this episode, we discuss Locomotives. Click the link to watch the full video now! 👉 https://youtu.be/QVZwX-1OdYA 👍

And don't forget, there are three earlier episodes to view - in case you missed them. 📚 Head over to our YouTube Channel for more Educational Videos and don't forget to subscribe! ▶️ ❤️
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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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It's Giving Tuesday!.The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is raising donations on GoFundMe to support SDMRM in continuing...
05/05/2020

It's Giving Tuesday!
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The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is raising donations on GoFundMe to support SDMRM in continuing to bring amazing programs and exhibits to the community during this critical time and well into the future.
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Although there are still few staff members able to work from home for the time being, it will only be a matter of time before the museum is unable to afford to keep this great work going. Without remote working staff, SDMRM is at risk of not being able to have a strong comeback when arts and culture institutions reopen in San Diego.
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In an effort to help keep museum staff working, and SDMRM's mission moving forward even while closed to the public, would you consider making a donation?
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You can donate by following this link here: http://ow.ly/41mY50zxK3X or selecting the link in our bio.
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We do understand if you are impacted in such a way
that would prevent a donation at this time. You can also help by spreading the word! Please consider sharing this link and post with your friends and loved ones!
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Welcome back to Modeler Monday!.Today we feature John Fiscella, who has not only been a part of the San Diego Model Rail...
05/04/2020

Welcome back to Modeler Monday!
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Today we feature John Fiscella, who has not only been a part of the San Diego Model Railroad Museum since its inception in 1981, but is a club member of the San Diego Model Railroad Association and serves as a Board Member of the museum.
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He first became interested in model trains when he was a young child and heard noises at 2 am in the living room. He saw his father and two uncles playing with a train layout set up around the Christmas tree and the rest is history.
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John was educated as a scientist-engineer and studied Latin and Greek - in addition to being a history buff and model railroader. He took the New York Central every day between home and school and one summer, had the opportunity to ride the 20th Century Limited, the world's most famous train.
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He went on to study applied mathematics and nuclear science, designing nuclear reactor systems. He was one of the physicists who invented nuclear waste transformation in 1970. While teaching nuclear core design in Japan a few years later, he rode the Tokaido Bullet train, the first high-speed train, at 140 mph. In graduate school at UCLA he invented the ultra-fast CT in 1981. His final venture in scientific work was as one of the 50 people who developed Unicode, enabling common computer systems to communicate in over 100 world languages and writing systems.
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His preferred scales are both O scale and HO scale, primarily working with HO scale layouts, and his favorite celebrity model railroader is Rod Stewart!
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John looks forward to doing future programming for the museum on high speed trains.
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Thank you John for sharing your wealth of knowledge with SDMRM!
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May the Fourth Be With You!Did you know that the movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story Pt. 3, was the first time an imperial tr...
05/04/2020

May the Fourth Be With You!

Did you know that the movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story Pt. 3, was the first time an imperial train made an appearance in the Star Wars series? In a true engineering fashion, Lucasfilm Design Supervisor James Clyne stated,

"To me, it’s a fun design challenge because again you’re not designing a ship that’s just flying around in space. [The train] has all these constraints against it. There’s gravity, there’s the weight of the thing, there’s…how does it rotate? Does each car rotate individually as it goes around a corner?".

Will the Fourth inspire you to design and engineer something original? We hope so!

You can find the full article discussing the design of the train heist scene in Solo: A Star Wars Story here, http://ow.ly/8Fh950zwnVG

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Don't forget about our Harvey Girls themed activities that you can access on our website!Check out our coloring pages an...
05/02/2020

Don't forget about our Harvey Girls themed activities that you can access on our website!

Check out our coloring pages and featured recipes from the Harvey Girls cookbook, then show us what you've created so we can show you off.

You can find these and more resources here: http://ow.ly/UNgN50zuG6y

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Save the date for Giving Tuesday 2020 - next Tuesday, May 5th! 🚂🚂  Not only can you support the San Diego Model Railroad...
04/30/2020

Save the date for Giving Tuesday 2020 - next Tuesday, May 5th! 🚂🚂

Not only can you support the San Diego Model Railroad Museum next Tuesday but we are participating in Giving Tuesday NOW! 🌎

Giving Tuesday & GoFundMe Charity have partnered together so when you help us reach our goal of $7,500 on GoFundMe between NOW and May 10, 2020, we become eligible to receive a $1,000 donation from GoFundMe Charity!

Find out how you you can receive a special gift with your generous tax-deductible GoFundMe donation to SDMRM here: http://ow.ly/Flil50ztx6L

Even if you can't make a donation at this time, you can support SDMRM by sharing this link with your friends, family and communities online! 💚 💙

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We want to take some time today to send a big THANK YOU to our railroad workers, who continue to dedicate themselves des...
04/28/2020

We want to take some time today to send a big THANK YOU to our railroad workers, who continue to dedicate themselves despite these uncertain times.
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Ensuring our nation's people and resources are still moving is essential, so please know your tireless efforts are noticed and appreciated!
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Happy Morse Code Day!Morse Code was used by telegraphers to communicate messages, like our featured Iron Women, Elizabet...
04/27/2020

Happy Morse Code Day!

Morse Code was used by telegraphers to communicate messages, like our featured Iron Women, Elizabeth Cogley and Abbie Strubel.

Since they couldn’t type out letters like we do today, they had to use a system of dots (a short beep) and dashes (a long beep) to represent the letters. Operators then listened to the message as it came in on the telegraph and translated it into regular letters.

There are many versions of Morse Code, but the most widely used are the American, Continental, and International.

See if you can decode our morse messages, and reply to us in the comments with what you found!

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Beautiful share Japanese Friendship Garden..Our #SunsetReset embraces the love we have for the elaborate detail and eleg...
04/26/2020

Beautiful share Japanese Friendship Garden
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Our #SunsetReset embraces the love we have for the elaborate detail and elegance of our railroads and the deep connection we have to Balboa Park and San Diego.
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Paired with one of the most picturesque views in Balboa Park, this tiny treasure from our Collections Department highlights the care and depth put into each of our model trains. For their time, brass trains were the first of their kind to capture the meaning of delicate detail and accuracy in the preservation of railroad history.
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We hope each of you can pause and take in the little intricate splendors around you, finding ways to connect us with our past, our communities and each other.
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San Diego Automotive Museum, what does your #SunsetReset look like?

Have you checked out our STEAM for SCHOOL "Trains of Thought" videos yet? 🎬 Today we would like to highlight our first t...
04/23/2020

Have you checked out our STEAM for SCHOOL "Trains of Thought" videos yet? 🎬 Today we would like to highlight our first three! You can find them here: http://ow.ly/gWQ650zmOTg

These episodes feature Boxcars, Tank Cars and Passenger Cars! 🚂💭

Each video teaches you step-by-step how you can create your own train drawings 🎨. And don't forget, we LOVE seeing your creations!

Share with us your engineered masterpieces so we can show you off to the world! 🎉🎉

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If you’re looking for a movie to watch while staying inside, why not try The Harvey Girls, starring Judy Garland!.The fi...
04/22/2020

If you’re looking for a movie to watch while staying inside, why not try The Harvey Girls, starring Judy Garland!
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The film came out in 1946 and was an instant hit, going on to win an Academy Award for Best Original song, “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe.”
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Giving Tuesday has created a new campaign promoting a world day of giving on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 called Giving Tuesday ...
04/22/2020

Giving Tuesday has created a new campaign promoting a world day of giving on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 called Giving Tuesday NOW! 🌎

Know what’s cool about that? Giving Tuesday & GoFundMe Charity are teaming up! SDMRM is raising $7,500 on GoFundMe and when you help us reach our goal between NOW and May 10, 2020, the museum becomes eligible to receive a $1000 donation from GoFundMe Charity!!

Click here http://ow.ly/fUOy50zlI80 to learn more about how you can receive a special gift with your tax-deductible GoFundMe donation to SDMRM! 🚂 ❤️ 🧡

You can also help by spreading the word - sharing this link with your friends and loved ones online!

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04/21/2020

SDMRM likes to party during the Holiday season! 🎄🎄 Ales N’ Rails is the museum’s annual fundraiser complete with 🍺 Beer tasting, 🥁 🎷 Live music and of course - Trains! 🚂🚂 This year will be our 6th annual Ales N' Rails!
http://ow.ly/rvfw50zjxcg
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What are some of your favorite local brews? We want to support the San Diego community by highlighting last year's beer vendors who graciously donated their time and🍺 to help us.
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Please check out our beloved partners below and consider supporting them by picking up or scheduling a food or drink delivery today!
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Mike Hess Brewing Company Societe Brewing Company Boochcraft Kairoa Brewing Company Pizza Port Brewing Company California Tap Room AleSmith Brewing Company Mikkeller Brewing San Diego The Homebrewer Modern Times Beer Kensington Brewing Company Waypoint Public Station Tavern and Burgers
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We're back with another #ModelerMonday featuring the one and only, Paul Voss!Paul was given a toy wind-up train when he ...
04/20/2020

We're back with another #ModelerMonday featuring the one and only, Paul Voss!

Paul was given a toy wind-up train when he was 4 years old and by the age of 6, he received his first Lionel O gauge set. As soon as he obtained his drivers license, he went on a road-trips all over Southern California riding, watching, and photographing his favorite magnificent machines (🚂trains!🚂). It was around this time where he became interested in HO scale models and joined the Culver City Model Railroad Club.

After moving to San Diego, the San Diego Model Railroad Association (SDMRRA), which had O and HO scale layouts in the Balboa Park House of Charm, accepted him into their membership. In 1982, the founding clubs started construction of the San Diego Model Railroad Museum 🏗🛠. Since that time, he has contributed countless hours building and operating the SDMRRA San Diego & Arizona Eastern HO exhibit. In 2003, Paul joined the La Mesa Model Railroad Club and spent even more time on their HO Tehachapi Pass exhibit.

For the last 30 years, he has been a member of the Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society, winning awards in model railroad photo contests🏅. He has authored two articles for Railroad Model Craftsman magazine, one on each of the museum's HO exhibits. Several pieces of his HO collection are currently part of the "Iron Women" exhibit 💪 and he has been a consistent resource for the museum's educational programming over the years. He currently resides in Lake Tahoe but still finds time to support the museum and encourage his 11 grandchildren in their model railroad pursuits 🎀🎉.

Thank you for all you do Paul! 🙌

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Address

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

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(619) 696-0199

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