A custom-built model of California linked to video headsets will be unveiled at Waterloo train station next month.

The 36sq m ‘Minifornia’ model will be placed in the middle of the station concourse and feature miniature vehicles travelling on four routes through the state’s natural hotspots, such as El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Mountain and Palm Springs.

Live footage of the scene will be transmitted to viewers wearing headsets and across large motion screens in the station.

Minifornia is part of Visit California’s California Road Trip Republic campaign.

Visit California president and chief executive Caroline Beteta said: “The essence of the California road trip experience will come to life with Minifornia and London travellers will learn just how easy it is to plan an epic trip to the Golden State.”

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Ernest Wooden Jr, president and chief executive of Los Angeles Tourism, said: “We have some of the most iconic drives for UK travellers where they can relive what inspired musicians and directors alike.

“Los Angeles is the perfect place for intrepid explorers to start or end their California road trip.”


Minifornia will be open to the public from March 5 to 7 from 7am to 9pm.