BLOG: Show season

Photo: Topley Dale on show at the Warley show in 2013.


Exhibitions are a big part of the model railway scene. During 2017 we will be attending five major events across the country spread from Birmingham to Glasgow – and not forgetting the Great Electric Train Show which is sponsored by Hornby Magazine too.

Our reputation for exhibiting layouts will upheld in 2017 too with four of the five shows seeing our fleet of show layouts in public once more, although West Riding Power and Shortley Bridge aren’t currently scheduled to appear this year.

Model Rail Scotland, February 24-26, Glasgow SECC

We start the year at Model Rail Scotland at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in a week’s time. The Hornby Magazine stand won’t have a layout on it this year, but there will still be plenty to see at the event with 50 layouts, model manufacturers (including Hornby) and trade a plenty all booked to take part in the three day event. Doors open at 10.30am on Friday February 24.

Great Central Railway Model Event, June 16-18, Loughborough, Quorn and Rothley

Next in our calendar is the impressive Great Central Railway Model Event. We have been involved as a show sponsor since its launch in 2014 when we took Bolsover and Seven Lane Pit to the event. This was followed in 2015 by Twelve Trees Junction and Shortley Bridge and Felton Cement Works in 2016.

Our latest exhibition layout, Grosvenor Square, will be attending two events this year.

For this year’s event we will be taking Grosvenor Square – our new Western Region terminus station – to the show where it will be one of 70 layouts taking part in the multi-station event. There will also be 50 trade stands, an intensive timetable of passenger operations on the Great Central Railway’s double track main line together with displays to enjoy at Loughborough, Quorn and Rothley stations.

This is one not to be missed with its combination of real and model railway action.

The Great Electric Train Show 2017, October 7/8, British Motor Museum

After two years out of the limelight, Twelve Trees Junction is coming back in 2017.

Fast forward to October and the Hornby Magazine team will be busy preparing for the annual Great Electric Train Show which is now entering its fifth year. Hosted at the British Motor Museum, located just off Junction 12 of the M40 near Leamington Spa, this bright and modern venue has given the event a superb launch pad.

This year 25 layouts and 30 traders will be attending together with a selection of demonstrators. Plus, entry to the show includes full access to the British Motor Museum’s stunning collection of British automotive exhibits.

Over the years we’ve taken a number of different layouts to display including Bolsover, Shortley Bridge, West Riding Power, St Stephens Road and Barrenthorpe, but this year will see Twelve Trees Junction make a return to the show – and its first appearance in two years – in a revised format. You can be sure that we will be showcasing the latest ready-to-run models and more on this busy main line layout which we will be starting modifications on during the summer.

Spalding Model Railway Exhibition 2017, November 11/12, Springfields Event Centre, Spalding

The Spalding Model Railway Exhibition holds a valuable reputation as a friendly show – and we’d certainly agree with that. As a long standing event sponsor we are always looking to put on a show and this year we will be taking Grosvenor Square to the exhibition where it will stand as one of more than 30 layouts together with 40 traders, demonstrators and more.

Grosvenor Square, we plan, will be more developed by the time of the show and particularly in terms of its detail much of which wasn’t completed in time for its debut at the Warley show in November 2016.

Grosvenor Square – Hornby Magazine’s Yearbook No. 9 project layout.

Warley National Model Railway Exhibition 2017, November 25/26, the NEC, Birmingham

The final show in our calendar for 2017 is the big one – the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham. With around 90 layouts, over 120 traders and an impressive array of demonstrators expected to take part this event is a not to be missed part of the exhibition calendar. Plus it has the highest presence of manufacturer stands of any model railway show in the UK making it a great opportunity to see first hand the latest developments.

We are still developing our plans for the Hornby Magazine display layout for this year’s show, but we are planning on something big for this season closer.

Hornby Magazine’s latest layout Grosvenor Square at Warley in 2016.

We look forward to being out and about and meeting Hornby Magazine’s readers and, as always, if you have questions about modelling or the magazine both Mark and I will be on hand throughout these exhibitions to answer them. See you there!

I hope you enjoy the blogs and if you have anything you would like to comment on, drop us a line to

The new series of blogs from the Hornby Magazine Editorial team give you an insight into the people, the projects and more. Hornby Magazine  Editor Mike Wild’s next blog will be live on March 17 2017 and you can expect more from Assistant Editor Mark Chivers’ on March 3 2017.

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