San Diego’s Model Railroad Museum is a World Attraction


San Diego is famous for its tourist attractions. This is probably no surprise to you as you think of the Zoo, SeaWorld, Legoland, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, the beaches, and so on.

Yet, did you know that visitors come from all over the world to visit San Diego’s Model Railroad Museum? It boasts the largest display of model railroads in the world. The members of several local train clubs take responsibility for funding, creating, and managing the displays.

The Museum even publishes its own newsletter called the San Diego Telegraph. In the current issue, there is a heart warming article about a train club member who noticed a Japanese visitor taking particular interest in his club’s display. The member happened to have his Japanese-speaking wife with him that day so they decided to engage the visitor in conversation.

It turns out the visitor had just flown with his son from Tokyo to Los Angeles that morning. They took Amtrak to San Diego for the specific purpose of visiting the Model Railroad Museum. The visitor had so much fun that he wired a contribution once he returned home and promised to return again shortly.

So, if you are looking for something fun to do for a couple hours, just head over to the Model Railroad Museum at Balboa Park. It’s in the lower level of the Casa de Balboa building, which is on the Pedestrian Mall.

Visit the San Diego Model Railroad Museum web site for more details.

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