BLOG: The Great Electric Train Show


This time of year is the most exciting for the Hornby Magazine team for one simple reason – the Great Electric Train Show. We launched the show in 2013 at the British Motor Museum and it has gone from strength to strength. In 2018 we moved to a brand new venue at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes which gave the show more space and allowed us to put together the biggest event yet for the magazine.

Bournemouth West will be attending the 2019 Great Electric Train Show.

Fast forward to 2019 and amazingly this year’s show is even bigger with a total of 86 stands covering layouts, trade stands, demonstrations and our brand new Kids Zone. The layout line up is filled with layouts from magazines past, present and future. These include Soar Valley Model Railway Club’s Dorehill St Stevens in ‘OO’ gauge (HM103) – a massive 42ft x 15ft four-sided mainline layout – South Coast MRDG’s Bournemouth West in ‘OO’ – an outstanding recreation of this lost terminus (HM146) and Tom Cunnington’s version of the classic Cyril Freezer track plan, Minories, in ‘EM’ gauge. Tom’s layout features in HM149 – on sale now and at the show.

You can also expect to see Chris Morris’ charming ‘N’ gauge layout Little Aller Junction (HM123), Hornby Magazine’s West Coast Cement in ‘OO’ (HM148), Hillingdon Railway Modeller’s superb ‘O’ gauge finescale layout Grindley Brook (HM148), Lee Polson and Matt Farrell’s Southern Region terminus Shelvington in ‘P4’, Peter Brackenbury’s ‘N’ gauge layout Middle Elmton (HM116) and many more.

In total there will be 30 model railways at the show which cover ‘N’, 3mm scale, ‘OO’, ‘EM’, ‘P4’, ‘OO9’, ‘O’ and ‘0-16.5’ narrow gauge subjects as well as a range of periods stretching from the 1920s to the present day. You can see the full list of attending layouts at as well as images to whet your appetite for the show.

If you are a follower of model railway YouTube channels we have a YouTube Meet & Greet taking place on the Hornby Magazine stand at 1pm on October 12. This is being led by New Junction’s Richard Watson who will be joined by channel hosts from Everard Junction, Gowerton Parkway, NTrains, Cottesmore and others. Don’t miss your chance to meet the people behind the camera.

A pair of Class 37s leads a ballast train past the cement works on West Coast Cement – Hornby Magazine’s ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout.

This year’s trade line up is stronger than ever too. We’ve got more than 50 stands to tempt your wallet (and ours!) and our largest crop of manufacturer stands yet. These include the debut at the Great Electric Train Show by Dapol and KR Models which will be joining Hornby, Accurascale, Hatton’s as well as Kernow Model Rail Centre, TMC and Rails of Sheffield and many more. We know there will be some new announcements at the show too, so keep your eyes peeled around the venue and here at Hornby for the latest news next weekend. We’ve also added a Specialist Trade zone on Balcony One which includes stands from Scale Model Scenery, C&L Finescale, Isinglass Models, Locomotion Models and Shawplan.

If you are looking to extend your skill set then our demonstration stands will be pleased to help with subjects including rolling stock construction, digital sound, buildings and weathering. Plus our regular weathering demonstrator, Mick Bonwick, will be hosting a weathering competition on his stand with the chance to win a pack of Accurascale wagons and complementary weathering products.

For younger visitors, we are pleased to launch our new Kids Zone on Balcony Two. This section, sponsored by Hornby Hobbies, is dedicated to entertaining the new generation of modellers and will feature Hornby exhibits which children can drive and interact with as well as a wooden railway system for budding layout designers to modify, play and learn with.

The Saturday evening also sees the announcement of the Hornby Magazine Model Railway Award winners to the trade and we will be sharing the winners via the Hornby Magazine website at 6pm on Saturday October 12 as well as during the show on Sunday October 13. Voting for the awards has just been extended until 11.59pm on Sunday October 6 – this weekend – to give everyone the chance to vote for their favourite products, manufacturers, retailers and layouts. Visit the dedicated awards page to place your votes.

Finally, if you haven’t done so already advance tickets are still available to buy. We’ve extended the deadline for these discount tickets until 10am on Monday October 7 which offers 25% off on the day prices and includes early entry to the show at 9.30am each day. You can order them online at or by phone between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday by calling 01780 480404.

The coming week is going to fly by for the Hornby Magazine team as we make all the final preparations for the show including checking and loading West Coast Cement for its third public outing. We hope to see as many readers as possible during the weekend and look forward to opening the doors at 9.30am on October 12. See you there!


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