Riding the Rails with the Vancouver Island Model Engineers

One of Victoria’s least known attractions is the miniature railway run by the Vancouver Island Model Engineers or VIME located at the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society’s Heritage Acres in Central Saanich. This fabulous little ride is a real treat for children of all ages.

VIME Model Train

The BC Rail Electric BCR6000 model locomotive crossing one of the bridges.

Part of the club facilities, including the roundhouse and some track, are visible from the Pat Bay Highway, but this belies the fact that the majority of the railway is hidden from view in the forest and includes over 1.2 km/ .75 miles of mainline track crossing bridges and trestles, runs through a tunnel and passes by a beautiful pond as it winds through the rain forest.

Vancouver Island Model Engineers Train

Model train approaching bridge

 

If you’re a train buff you’ll love the the layout which includes multiple rail lines, switches, working road crossings and you’ll see a variety of locomotives in action from the classic BC Rail BCR6000 fully electric locomotive to actual live steam locomotives which look and operate like the real thing with incredible detail!

Live steam locomotive at VIME

Live steam locomotive with a full load of enthusiastic riders!

Vancover Island Model Engineers Roundhouse

Prepping a steam locomotive at the roundhouse

Closeup of model steam locomotive

Closeup of one of the model steam locomotives

Schedule

Since VIME is a private club and not a commercial tourist attraction, the trains are not running all the time. However, they do run on published dates where the public can enjoy rides with fees by donation.  The trains do not run in the winter.

CHECK HERE FOR SCHEDULE INFORMATION

Location

Saanich Historical Artifacts Society’s Heritage Acres
7321 Lochside Drive, just off Highway 17 between Victoria and Sidney
Turn right at the traffic light at Island View Rd

Website

For more information or to contact VIME directly CLICK HERE

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About the Author:

Bruce is an avid sea kayaker and whitewater paddler, a writer and photographer. He and his wife Linda RV full time, love to explore, hike, bike, paddle, and write about their adventures. Their photography can be seen at https://www.brakelightfoto.com/

One Comment

  1. Michael Gerard Sheiles October 29, 2018 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    My family is coming to Victoria in June 2019 around 14-18th is the model train open during that time.

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