A model train circling a model town

Welcome to the Old Town Model Railroad Depot. We are 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 hope you can visit us in person soon – in the meantime, thanks for stopping by our website!

Trains in Action

Enjoy a preview of our highly detailed model railroad layout. We have different model trains
running every day and a special themed layout during the holiday season.

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2415 San Diego Ave., Ste. 107, San Diego, CA 92110

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Thursday3:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday11:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday11:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday11:00am – 7:00pm

COVID-19 UPDATE: San Diego is currently in the State of California’s Purple Tier. This means our museum is closed. However, our retail space is open. Please visit us and support us by shopping in person or online.


About the Museum

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.

The Depot also includes a retail store featuring model trains and supplies, train-themed gifts, books, toys, and apparel.

Three photos of various model train and town pieces