A model train circling a model town

Welcome to the Old Town Model Railroad Depot. We used to be a model railroad museum and retail store based in San Diego’s historic Old Town district. Founded in 2014, the Depot features a custom-built O-gauge (Lionel size) train layout that’s over 2,000 square feet. We permanently closed our doors on November 6, 2022. Thanks for stopping by our website!

Trains in Action

Enjoy a view of our highly detailed model railroad layout.

Visit Us

Unfortunately, we permanently shut our doors on November 6, 2022. Being a tourism-based business was just too much for our little museum to handle during Covid and beyond. Please visit our online store for a chance to purchase the remainder of our inventory. Thank you for years of support.


About the Museum

Permanently Closed — A visit to the Old Town Model Railroad Depot will take you back in time to the 1950’s, where various trains travel over a 2,000 sq. ft. custom-built layout. The highlight is a city at night including over 100 buildings with lights and flashing neon signs, a ballpark, zoo, depot, industrial district, and even a working drive-in movie theater. Continuing on your journey, you will pass a large farm, a quaint country town, a beautiful mountain range, a large lake (complete with sharks), and a dam with trestles traversing over a large gorge.

Three photos of various model train and town pieces