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Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad

Address: Buena Vista Industrial Park | 11611 115th St., Osoyoos, British Columbia V0H 1V5, Canada
Phone Number: 250 495-6842
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Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Osoyoos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Owner description: OPEN YEAR ROUND World Class Miniature Wonderland Experience 4000 sq ft. of family fun with up to 40...
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Type: Specialty museums, Museums
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Oliver, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Every visit is another surprise. Each time there is something new added and place grew since my first visit. Rare gem - must see.

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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 place and for being a very happy repeat visitor. At the moment we are working on putting a soap box race together and it is very exiting for us to do something completely different and making it look realistic. Although we would like to lay claim to the being... More 

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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94 reviews 94 reviews
36 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Set in the Buena Vista industrial park on the periphery of the town of Osoyoos at the southern tip of British Columbia in unlikely desert territory, sits the #6 top-rated Trip Advisor "thing to do" for all of British Columbia! Opened in 2003, Poul and Ulla Pederson's Dessert Railroad Museum sports 2 km of tracks, 45 trains, 18,000 miniature people... More 

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

Simply, this is just a fantastic review. You have eloquently captured the essence of our model railroad display in the best possible way and we want to thank you for coming to visit us. Also for sharing some of your wonderful photos – they are a delight. Your impression of our place is just bang-on. I am so very happy... More 

Calgary, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Very interesting place and extremely detailed models, the place is kept clean and has parking out front, not a bad way to spend an hour or so! I've actually already visited twice and would go again and would bring friends.

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

Thank you so much for being a repeat visitor to our model railroad display and we encourage you to bring friends with you next time you come to visit. See you again soon More 

Winnipeg
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Just visited the railroad, spent 2 hours, it was amazing. Enjoyed it thoroughly. A must see....very, very detailed. Would definitely return.

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

. We thank you for coming to visit us for a couple of hours here at the model railroad and we are so glad that you thoroughly enjoyed our display. Thanks also for your high recommendation both of the display and all of us. We definably hope to see you again too. More 

Langley, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Great model railroad display, made me want to start building one myself. Highly detailed aspects of daily life... got a good laugh at the miniature strip club, nude beach and horse races. There was even a miniature car accident, with cops and firemen on scene. Well worth taking the whole family to.

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

We thank you for coming to visit us at the model railroad display and we are so glad we could bring laughter into your day. That’s what it is all about. The horse racing is temporarily out of commission as we are working on creating a new scene around it, but it will be back later on looking even better.... More 

Osoyoos, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This labor of love combined with patient talent make this a must see when visiting Osoyoos. The detail and hand painted figures and scenes are awesome! Any child or adult who has ever seen a model train will love and appreciate this attraction...well worth a visit, and very reasonable for a family.

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

. We appreciate your very kind words and your high recommendation of our attraction and we thank you for coming to visit us at the model railroad display. It is always great when you have the support from the local community and it means a lot to all of us and not something we take for granted. We try very... More 

Summerland, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Tucked away in an industrial park, this was a very enjoyable visit. The detail is incredible and we easily spent about 90 minutes there and probably needed longer to notice everything. Owned, built, maintained and operated by a family this is obviously a labor of love. Winter (low season) is the time when one section is taken down for replacement... More 

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

Granted our location is a bit unusual since our tourist attraction is located in an Industrial Park and we are also allowed to live on the premises as well, so we sleep under the trains! We thank you for finding us and for coming to visit us and for giving us such a high recommendation. Our new winter/spring project has... More 

Richmond Hill, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Passing through on a long road trip so we could only stay about an hour.We could easily have spent a lot longer. This place is amazing with so much detail. They have thought of everything. even a forest fire scene.

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

Thank you so much for taken the time to stop by on your road trip and for your high recommendation. As you mention we have a lot of little details for people to take in and I’m glad you enjoyed our model railroad display. We hope to see you again. More 

B.C.
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Incredible displays, so much to see it's overwhelming. I went with my grown children and grandchildren twice, we all enjoyed the visit a lot especially last Christmas and I would go again. It made me feel like a child again, I couldn't stop saying wow...wow...wow...and smile!! You can see that it has taken thousands and thousands of hours, of hard... More 

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

We thank you so much for coming to visit us with your family and for recommending us so highly. Our experience with families visiting together is, that they all perceive the display totally different and all get something equally different out of their time here. Grandchildren view the display with a different eye then grandparents mainly because they see it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

Spent over 2 hours with my son. A new experience around every corner. The sheer volume from one comunity to the next was amazing. Be sure to pay attention to the details...

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

Thank you for coming to visit us with you son here at the model railroad display. If this was your first visit it can be a bit overwhelming to take in all the many, many little details and as you point out we have many communities scattered all over the display. Sounds like you had a really good time. We... More 

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