New venue for the Great Electric Train Show

Photo: 45C by Tom Snook and friends in 'OO'.


The Hornby Magazine sponsored Great Electric Train Show is back for 2018 and with a brand new venue. Taking place on the weekend of October 13/14 2018, this year’s event will be held at the Arena MK in Milton Keynes with easy access by road and rail and offers a new space to grow the popular event.

This year’s Great Electric Train Show is set to host 30 layouts, 35 traders and 10 demonstrators in the Arena MK. The venue includes a large main hall as well as additional balcony areas delivering an easy access show. Refreshments are available on site and a free shuttle bus will be operating from Milton Keynes railway station at regular intervals on the Saturday and Sunday. Milton Keynes is served by Virgin Trains, West Midlands Trains and Southern Trains.

Loudwater station modelled in ‘OO’.

Launching the show are 10 of the 30 layouts for the weekend covering scales from ‘N’ to ‘O’ gauge and drawing modellers from across the country to take part. Starting off the guest list in ‘OO’ gauge are Maidenhead, Marlow and District MRC’s Southwick Southern Region 1960s continuous run layout (HM131), Tom Snook and friend’s 45C depot scene presented in its full format for the first time (HM125), Bill Wood’s 1980s period model of Glenfinnan station (HM118), Graham and Daniel Chandler’s Loudwater set on the Western Region in the 1960s (HM120), Greig Mackenzie’s Poulton-le-Fylde modelling the real location in the 2000s (HM124), Loftus Road by Worthing MRC capturing London area operations in the 2000s and Hornby Magazine’s 1960s Western Region terminus Grosvenor Square. The latter will be making its only appearance for 2018 at the Great Electric Train Show and in a new extended format.

Glenfiinnan in ‘OO’.

Grosvenor Square in ‘OO’ gauge.

Loftus Road in ‘OO’ gauge.

In addition Steve Thompson’s popular ‘O’ gauge early diesel era layout Dubmill Sidings (HM78) will be attending together with the East Riding Finescale Group’s ‘O’ gauge Hospital Gates (HM58) and Andy Stephney’s busy ‘N’ gauge West Coast Main Line scene Hatch End. More of the layout line up will be revealed in the coming months.

Advance tickets are on sale now, available from, offering a saving against on the day prices as well as early entry to the show at 9.30am each day. Prices are £9 for adults and £7 for children age 5-16 – under 5s enter for free with a paying adult. On the door prices are £12 for adults, £9 for children and £34 for a family (two adults and two children). Doors open at 10.00am each day for on the day tickets and close at 5pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday.

Further updates and announcements for the Great Electric Train Show line-up will be revealed in Hornby Magazine and more information can be found at

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