The railroads once moved America, transporting resources and people across distances at rapid speeds previously unachieved. Before the invention of telephones or computers, railroad engineers developed an ingenious way of communicating through light signals. Operating on the railroads at night was near impossible before the development of railroad lanterns and lamps. Using a series of varied colored lamps and lantern signals the railroads were able to stay on course throughout their nocturnal operations. This method created a basis that modern trains continue to operate off to this day. The Science of Signals describes how railroad logistics functioned in an age before high speed communications were possible and how their development paved the way for railroad operations in the 20th and 21st centuries.
5 Giant Permanent Railroad Exhibits
On exhibition all year round, the SDMRM has 5 of the largest model railroad exhibits in North America. From the World Famous Tehachapi Loop to the Goat Canyon Trestle, these model railroad club built exhibits are a world of wonder for the young and the young at heart!
Centennial Garden Railway
SDMRM is excited to announce the opening of a new garden exhibit in Balboa Park!
We invite you to go back in time, to the Panama-California Exposition and visit an exciting scale model version of Balboa Park. Visitors will be able to operate Streetcars and have fun controlling our interactive garden features. Not only is this exhibit a new feature for Balboa Park, but it also adds a brand new outdoor G'Scale exhibit for the Model Railroad Museum!
Looking for that hard to find Model Railroad Item?
You're sure to find a great deal on tons of items at the SDMRM Model Railroad Swapmeet.