Golden State Model Railroad Museum – 511 Contra Costa

Golden State Model Railroad Museum

Conversations about public transit, the outdoors, and history attracts a diverse and interesting group of people.
Looking for a conflation of the three? Take a trip to the Golden State Model Railroad Museum in Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline Park!
The installation depicts the railroads around the San Francisco East Bay to Truckee over Donner Pass, as well as the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe Railroads. You can see replica steam locomotives up to modern diesel freight and passenger trains.
The museum is open Wednesdays from 11 am to 3 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 pm. The trains only run on Sundays, when admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children (the museum is free otherwise).

We know what you’re thinking: But how to get there?
For a train museum, the place is pretty transit-inaccessible (but they advertise having plenty of parking). You could take Amtrak or BART to Richmond, and then the 72M, and then walk 15 minutes. Or you could just chalk up the day to adventure and explore the park, too.
The 307-acre Miller/Knox park is one of the East Bay Regional Park System’s gems. Visitors can hike Mount Tamalpais, wade and swim into the Bay at Keller Beach (check water quality results online), or event try their luck fishing from the historic ferry terminal.
Have you visited the museum? What do you think?

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