The clickety-clack of a train’s wheels on the joints of a track, the deep echo of a train’s horn, the squeal of steel wheel on steel rail—the alluring sounds and experience of trains become oddly amplified in miniature. Experience the allure and magic of model trains at the San Diego S-Gaugers Model Train Exhibit tucked away in Liberty Station. Big enough to please your little trainiac, but small enough to keep you on schedule to make it home in time for naptime, this one room exhibit will give you a brief respite of childhood bliss.
There are a handful of vintage 1950s trains to see running the tracks and a variety of interactions that will delight even the youngest aspiring engineer. With the push of a button, junior can unload lumber at the lumber mill, help the forklift operator move his barrels, deliver Christmas presents from the North Pole, or guide the cows out to pasture. Do a great job and your kiddos can earn their Junior Engineer badge!
The highlight of the exhibit is the handful of friendly, self-proclaimed “adult 10 year olds” – Dale, Bob, Mike, and Alex – who eagerly share their hobby to keep the trains running for the next generation of conductors.
Your little train enthusiasts can get their fix on Wednesdays and Sundays between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm. While most of the trains are in the stockyards the other five days, press the button on the outside window to see the train head around what is currently a model of the Bennington Memorial. This oft-changing display garners over 1,000 hits per week!
Find It: Located in Liberty Station off the grassy knoll behind and between the Trader Joes and Vons at:2445 Truxton Road Suite 106 San Diego, Ca 92106
** Note: This stop does not have any visible signage until you are right in front of the station.
This is a free exhibit, but donations are warmly accepted to keep the trains up and running.
Since this exhibit is sandwiched between the Trader Joes and Vons in Liberty Station, your little engineers can get their choo-choo fix before you ride that happy train over to the grocery to get some shopping done whine (though unlikely wine) free.
How was your visit to the stockyards?
Copy and photo by: Kathleen Berkson