San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park


Mind-blowing, a treat for model enthusiasts.

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San Diego’s Balboa Park claims to be the largest municipal cultural park in the nation. Within Balboa Park are many museums, including the San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park

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At 27,000 square feet, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is one of the largest indoor model railroad displays in the world, one of the largest model railroad displays in North America, and the only accredited model railroad-themed museum in the United States.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

The individual HO and N scale layouts are among largest of their type.

Construction of the model railroads is accomplished by volunteer club members. Complete construction of any specific layout can take many years.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

San Diego Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Now it’s time to gather the children around the computer monitor to watch some model train videos. Shortest to longest:

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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About Ken McMurtrie

Retired Electronics Engineer, most recently installing and maintaining medical X-Ray equipment. A mature age "student" of Life and Nature, an advocate of Truth, Justice and Humanity, promoting awareness of the injustices in the world.
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