A multi-level model railway layout in a well lit warehouse, with a huge model mountain on the left hand side

Golden State Model Railroad Museum

This warehouse in the Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline park in Richmond, CA has been home to the Golden State Model Railroad Museum since 1985.

The museum is run by the East Bay Model Engineers Society, one of the world’s oldest model railway groups, who split from the Golden Gate Model Engineers Guild in 1933.

The museum features 10,000 square feet of railway layouts, separated into three areas - O scale (1:48), HO scale (1:87) and N scale (1:160).

The overall theme for the layouts is the scenery of Northern and Central California, with features that include the Niles Canyon, the Altamont Pass and the Tehachapi Loop.

Around 70 club members work on maintaining and improving the railway and scenery.

The static layouts can be viewed for free most Saturdays between noon and 5pm. On Sundays an admission fee is charged but the trains are running!


900-A Dornan Drive, Point Richmond, CA 94801 - Map

13 August 2022

My Spot: Golden State Model Railroad Museum

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