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Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad

Buena Vista Industrial Park | 11611 115th St., Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V5, Canada
250 495-6842
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Osoyoos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: OPEN YEAR ROUND World Class Miniature Wonderland Experience 4000 sq ft. of family fun with up to 40 computer controlled trains traveling on 2 km (1... more » Owner description: OPEN YEAR ROUND World Class Miniature Wonderland Experience 4000 sq ft. of family fun with up to 40 computer controlled trains traveling on 2 km (1 1/4 miles) of tracks weaving through mountains and towns. Discover the 16000 + hand-painted little people and animals in scale 1:87 (HO) placed in humorous and funny situations and scenes. You'll be impressed with the devotion to details and the charm and humor of the presentation. Watch with delight, the unique operational car system running through towns, stopping for gas and traffic lights. So much more than just Trains.When driving from downtown Osoyoos, take Hwy 3 towards Vancouver (about 3 km.) Turn left at the SECOND enterance into the Buena Vista Industrial Park onto 115th Street. Look for the yellow warehouse with the big signs out front. « less
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New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This attraction is unique to Osoyoos. If you enjoy seeing carefully created miniature scenes complete with railroads, come check out this relatively inexpensive past-time. Just wait for the lights to go down for a real treat!!

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Edmonton Alberta
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I was speechless the moment I walked into the Showroom floor. WOW. You can't even imagine the amount of detail involved in the Displays. It's too bad we were pressed for time because you could easily spend 20-30 minutes at each display marveling at the amazing detail. I'm not even really a Model Train Fan, but my son is and... More

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UllaPedersen, Owner at Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad, responded to this review

We thank you very much for coming to visit us and for your glowing recommendation of our model railroad display. To be compared to the Las Vegas Strip lighting is quite something and I must admit I have not even made that comparison myself. Good that we could WOW you. You can very easily get lost in the amount of... More

Oakville, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My wife allowed me a "quick" visit to the model railroad as neither of us had ever been to see one before. Two hours and counting later, we finally left having both thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The detail is absolutely amazing and I am positive we could have spend another two hours and still found things to see. If only... More

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UllaPedersen, Owner at Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad, responded to this review

We thank you for coming for a “quick” visit here at the model railroad display. I am so happy that you both thoroughly enjoyed a couple of hours here. It seems every person leaves with a different impression, as some are very much into all the many different trains and others are more into discovering some of all the little... More

Edmonton
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I have an active kids and trains have never been in their "fun zone". They like waterslides, boating, ziplining, etc....but for a rainy day I sold them on just taking a quick look....everyone got a surprize as it was so COOL!!! I can tell how cool my 12 yr old thinks something is by the amount of photos he takes,... More

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UllaPedersen, Owner at Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad, responded to this review

You really know you are COOL, when you can impress a 12 year old and have selfies taken with the display as backdrop! Thanks for sharing you and your active kids experience visiting us at the model railroad on a rainy day. The beauty is once you step inside the train room, you step into a miniature fantasy world and... More

Vancouver
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

There is so much detail you need time to check it all out. A very large setup and a perfect cool off activity on a hot day.

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UllaPedersen, Owner at Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad, responded to this review

We thank you for coming to visit us on a hot day here at the model railroad place. We have 4000 sq. feet of display with 45 computerized trains weaving through mountains and villages with lots of little details to discover. We hope to see you again. More

Dublin, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The working railroad models themselves pale in comparison to the fantasy models of towns, valleys, mountains, lakes, rivers, etc that comprise this extraordinary exhibit. In out of the way Osoyoos of all places! I challenge anyone to visit this museum and not come away mightily impressed by the imagination and quality of modelling. And what a sense of humor: find... More

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UllaPedersen, Owner at Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad, responded to this review

We can’t ask for a better recommendation and we thank you very much for your high opinion of our place. A lot of people don’t expect to find a world-class model railroad exhibition in a small town, but this is where we live, and this is where we stay, so of course we built our display in wonderful Osoyoos. I... More

Calgary, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We visited the Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad because we thought it would be great for the kids. It turned out to be a highlight for the adults too! It is remarkable and hard to explain how much fun it is to see. It has been done with a great sense of humor if you look at the smallest details.

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UllaPedersen, Owner at Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit us at our model railroad display. Sometimes it is hard to explain who have more fun – the adults or the kids – but that is what’s so great about our place. If you have never seen a model railroad display it is indeed very hard to describe, what you will see, because it... More

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

While passing through Osoyoos, we took a quick look at the town's tourism website and came across the listing for the Desert Model Railroad. Not knowing the area, we almost didn't find it (thank goodness for GPS navigation!), but it was certainly worth the effort. The model railroad represents over 13 years of dedicated model-builder by the proprietors, with a... More

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UllaPedersen, Owner at Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad, responded to this review

We are so glad that you found us and from the description of your experience it sure sounds like you were able to cram a lot into the hour you were here. You have certainly highlighted a lot of all the wonderful details, which you can see on our display – you even discovered the details in the windows especially... More

New York City, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Super friendly staff to greet you and answer any questions you may have. You could spend hours there and not see everything! You can see the loving craftmanship and thousands of hours spent building the different scenes! Wheelchair accessible. What a great way to spend an afternoon!

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UllaPedersen, Owner at Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit us at the model railroad and for your appreciation for all of us working on creating our display. So far it has taken us 13 years and still counting as we continuously change different sections. I am in a wheelchair myself. We hope to see you again. More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

It is lovely to see the craftsmanship that is on display at this model train museum! The entire exhibit is based on the HO model train scale. Everything from the miniature buildings to the hand painted figurines and the working mini street lamps is honestly something to be seen to be believed! This exhibit is a must.... Totally enjoyable.

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UllaPedersen, Owner at Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad, responded to this review

We thank you for coming to visit our model railroad display and for your great appreciation of all that you experienced while you were here. We are so glad that you really enjoyed yourself and noticed the mini street lamps. When the lights are dimmed, you can really see all the magic all those little lights create. We hope you... More

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