(**Editor’s note: This Museum closed down permanently in Sept. 2021. We have left this article on TRDB for posterity.)
There really is only one word that adequately describes this museum – and that is: DELIGHTFUL!
I wasn’t expecting much when I walked up the stairs but I can honestly say that I was “blown away” by the 4000 sq ft of model trains that were set up! There are multiple computer-controlled trains running simultaneously on over two kilometers of HO track.
As advertised, this is a “world class miniature wonderland”. The German alpine, country and city scenes seemed to reflect every possible activity of daily life. There were gardens, town squares, marine scenes, a circus, a carnival, people playing tennis and soccer, fire fighters, police, logging camps, fishermen, school children, ski chalets, swimming pools, churches and a hospital. It went on and on and on!
The Desert Model Railroad is the culmination of 19 years of work and a lot of starts and stops. Fortunately, the display has found a permanent home in Osoyoos and the family founders are there to answer any questions you have and give you some of the history of the project.
Poul (no, not Paul), and Ulla Pedersen together with their daughter Lotte and son-in-law Joe Mendes are the talented visionaries behind this magnificent display.
They also dim the lights every 30 minutes or so, enabling you to see the wonderful light display! Everything looks a bit different at night.
Allow at least 45 minutes to immerse yourselves in the display. You can’t possibly see it all in one visit!
The advertisements claim that TRIPADVISOR has declared this museum #1 of 530 in BC and I concur. You’ve gotta do this!
Hours: Monday – Friday 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday 12 – 5 pm
Admission: Adults $9; Children 2-12 $5.50
Locatedin the Buena Vista Industrial Park just off of Highway #3 West in Osoyoos, B.C.
Address:11611 115th St, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V5