Golden State Model Railroad Museum, Point Richmond

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Golden State Model Railroad Museum is an operating model railroad exhibit located in Point Richmond, California, within the boundary of the Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline park. It is located in the Brickyard Cove area and features dozens of realistic city and country scenes, with trains from different eras running on several layouts in different scales. It is on the US National Register of Historic Places.

As of September 28 2020, the museum remains closed indefinitely, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No projected date of re-opening has been released.

Previously based in Oakland, the East Bay Model Engineers Society, which builds and operates the layouts in the Museum, was founded in 1933 and is one of the oldest continually operating model railroad clubs in the country. Construction of the museum began in 1986.
The Museum operates models ranging from the steam engines and classic passenger trains to today's modern diesel behemoths and Amtrak passenger trains.

The 10,000 square foot exhibit includes O scale, HO scale and N scale models, replicating many California railroading locations.
Track layouts include historic scenes such as the Oakland Mole, Oakland 16th Street stations ca. 1955, Martinez' John Muir trestle, Tehachapi Loop, Niles Canyon, and Donner Pass.

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  • We had so much fun seeing the model trains and talking to the staff who ran the trains at the Golden State Model Railroad Museum. It is located in Richmond, California.  more »
  • I'm just seven decades old and this place put me back playing with my American Flyer set-up, Lionel trains and HO cars. And, it was my Sister-in-law who brought me even though I live only a mile...  more »
  • Super fun for all ages. Don’t expect all the trains to be moving, but there’s tons of scenery to look at, and always some hidden meaning or scenarios. Great park across the street, too
  • Nice train club open Sundays. Stay long or a little!

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