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San Diego, California: Model Railroad: World's Largest?

Claims to be the largest indoor model railroad display in the world, with sprawling layouts of the Southwest. Opened in 1982. Currently has 27,000 square feet of tiny trains.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA
San Diego Model Railroad Museum. Casa de Balboa Building in Balboa Park on El Prado.
Tu-F 10-4, Sa-Su 11-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $11.50
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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Sharp-eyed visitors will notice funny little visual gags hidden in the model scenes by its builders, who are curious to see if the museum's patrons are paying attention. Take your time and look closely! Newly opened last year for Balboa Park's centennial is a little model railroad garden in the very back of the museum. This garden replicates some of Balboa Park's best-known structures, and you just might get to push a few buttons....

[C.C. de Vere, 07/21/2016]

Model railroad layout with surfer.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

At 27,000 sq. ft., the museum is the largest indoor model railroad display in the world. The individual HO and N scale layouts are among largest of their type.

[Joe Cesare, 10/07/2009]

Impressive, though NJ model railroad attraction Northlandz claims to have 50,000 feet of track in a 52,000 square ft. building.

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