It’s the end of the line as the Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad closes after 18 years.
“The most exciting part of it all is meeting people who come from all over the world and seeing all the smiley faces you see all the time, so it’s been a pleasure,” said Poul Pedersen, founder of model railroading. . .
The more than 4,000 square foot creation, filled with around 19,000 small hand-painted figures, 1,900 houses and 45 computer-controlled trains running two kilometers of track, is heavily influenced by Germany and their home country. Originally, Denmark – and it has been busier than ever since they announced their retirement.
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“The three weeks since we announced that we will be closed, it has been the busiest it has ever been. It’s absolutely crazy, but it’s nice to see everyone, ”said Pedersen.
The tourist attraction is a passionate project that began in the 1970s when the Pedersens started collecting trains in Denmark. He then became what you can see today, with every little person, house and piece of landscape painted by his wife, Ulla Pedersen, and daughter Lotte Mendes.
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“It has never been tedious in all the years my daughter and I have worked on it. It was just fun, fun, fun, ”Ulla said.
“It’s our own fantasy miniature world and we can do whatever we want with it, so anything we could imagine is what we did.”
Their hard work has left a lasting impression on the hundreds of thousands of people who have walked through its doors since it opened to the public in 2003.
The last model train will leave its station at the Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad on September 7, and then Pedersen’s well-deserved retirement will begin the next day.
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