Saturday, November 29, 2014

Newest San Diego Attraction, Interactive Model Railroad Exhibit, Now Open In Old Town, San Diego, CA For Holiday Season

Kids, Christmas and model trains just naturally go together. The Old Town Model Railroad Depot, the largest O scale exhibit open to the public in the Western US, is now open and ready in time for the 2014 Holiday Season

San Diego attractions draw millions of visitors each year. Old Town San Diego is recognized as an extremely popular destination for tourists from around the world. While there are many things to see with kids in San Diego, one of the most popular attractions has been model trains and model railroads. Now, just in time for the Holiday Season, children and adults can experience locally in Old Town the joy and happiness that model railroad brings: a live interactive model railroad has come to Old Town San Diego in time for the holiday season.

Today model railroading is more than just a hobby. Today's model railroad and model train displays are light years beyond the Christmas train set we remember.

“Christmas and trains always go together," stated Danny Hampson, Marketing Director, "so to open our new model railroad interactive exhibit the day after Thanksgiving was our goal.  Kids, their parents, grandparents and friends will now be able to come to San Diego to visit the newest attraction in Old Town and have great family fun”.

Owned by Gary Hickok, the interactive model railroad exhibit is one of the largest O scale operating exhibits open to the public in the Western United States.  When visiting "The Depot", visitors will see many types of different trains, including models of steam engines of the past up to trains of the modern era and will include Santa Fe trains. The layout is approximately 2,500 square feet with plenty of animation, sound, lights, operating accessories and remote control devices. The Old Town Model Railroad Depot layout  has been designed to give visitors a feeling of how life was during the 1950's by displaying a large city with buildings from that time period, a working country farm, a zoo, rail yard engine workshops, and more.

“The Depot” is located at 2415 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110, suites 107 & 108. Photos of the ongoing construction are posted weekly on the company's website. A slideshow gives website visitors a glimpse into the ongoing construction, a preview of locomotives to run at “The Depot”, as well as a historical perspective of railroad traveling .

For more information regarding Old Town Model Railroad Depot L.L.C., contact Danny Hampson at, or visit the company's website at


Gary Hickok is a graduate from Youngstown State University.  A former Captain & Reconnaissance Officer of the U.S. Marine Corps,  Mr. Hickok developed his civilian career in the financial industry.  He has been a model railroad enthusiast for decades.


Danny Hampson