San Diego Model Railroad Museum Research Library

Bob Chaparro

San Diego Model Railroad Museum Research Library

For future consideration, a tip courtesy of Ryan Di Fede.

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum has a railroad/model railroad research library that is open to the public under normal circumstances.

The Museum describes their library as:

"The Erwin Welsch Memorial Research Library is a non- circulating research library which focuses on all aspects of railroading with a particular emphasis on railroading in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The library is dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of historical, social, economic and technical knowledge of railroading and railroad modeling.

The Library collection covers railroads throughout Central and South America, Europe, and Asia.

Reference materials include books, periodicals, professional journals, government publications, manuscript materials, maps, engineering drawings, DVDs, videotapes, slides, photographs, and other ephemera.

The collection also includes material on model railroading in all scales.

The online catalog now contains:

1316 railroad and model railroad magazine titles with 7102 individual issues

and over 6000 books, 1700 videos and DVDs."

The library has over 15,000 photographs and slides plus a large timetable collection.

Currently the Museum and Library are closed until further notice, but when things get back to normal keep in mind this great resource.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

1649 El Prado

San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 696-0199


info@... [info AT sdmrm DOT org]


library@...  [library AT sdmrm DOT org]

Bob Chaparro


Model Railroads of Southern California