Final preparations are underway for this weekend’s Great Electric Train Show 2019,which returns to the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
With 30 layouts and more than 50 traders, demonstrations and a new Kids Zone, the show is set to be the biggest ever. Layouts attending this year include many that have appeared in Hornby Magazine such as the South Coast Model Railway Development Group’s stunning ‘OO’ gauge Bournemouth West (HM146), which models this famous southern terminus of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway in the late 1950s/early 1960s, Hillingdon Railway Modellers’ outstanding ‘O’ gauge layout Grindley Brook (HM148) , David Dann-Gibbons’ superb ‘OO’ gauge layout Wendover (HM135) and Hornby Magazine’s ‘OO’ gauge modern-era layout, West Coast Cement. Further highlights include Graham Muspratt’s ‘OO’ gauge micro-layout Canute Road, Mark Pollard’s sensational ‘O’ gauge motive power depot, Old Elm Park and Lee Polson and Matthew Farrell’s BR Southern Region ‘P4’ layout Shelvington.
Traders include ADM Turntables, Cheltenham Model Centre, DC Kits, Digitrains, EKM Exhibitions, Ellis Clark Trains, Grimy Times/Sankey Scenics, Kernow Model Rail Centre, Kytes Lights and Model Enhancements, Locomotion Models, Lord and Butler, Megapoints Controllers, ModelU, Rails of Sheffield, Skytrex, The Model Centre (TMC), TTC Diecast, Train Tech and many more.
Manufacturers attending this year’s Great Electric Train Show include Accurascale, Dapol, Hatton’s Model Railways, Hornby Hobbies, KR Models, Realtrack Models and more.
New this year, Balcony One will host a Specialist Trade Zone featuring C&L Finescale, DCC Train Automation, Scale Model Scenery, Shawplan, Vintage Model Transport and more, together with a host of demonstrations including Mick Bonwick’s popular weathering presentations, David Wright’s buildings and structures stand, the Double O Gauge Association’s track building display and a multi-skill demonstration stand from the Wirral Finescale Railway Modellers.
Also new this year is a dedicated Kids Zone on Balcony Two, sponsored by Hornby Hobbies, which will include working layouts for children to operate, wooden train sets to build and railway drawings to colour too.
Getting to the show couldn’t be easier. By car exit the M1 at Junction 13 (from the south) or Junction 14 (from the north and east) and follow the signs for the football stadium. There will be additional signs directing you to the model railway exhibition this weekend, just in case. By public transport, regular trains run to Milton Keynes Central railway station, operated by London North Western Railway, Southern Railway and Virgin Trains. A half-hourly FREE bus shuttle will be running between Milton Keynes Central railway station and the Marshall Arena on both days from 9am (at ’00’ and ’30’ mins past each hour). Head for bus stand Z6 when you exit the railway station.
Doors open each day at 10am (9.30am for advance ticket holders) and close at 5pm Saturday and 4pm on Sunday. Tickets will be available to purchase on the day priced at £12 adults, £9 children (Saturday only) and £34 family (Saturday only). On Sunday KIDS GO FREE with each paying adult (up to two children per paying adult).
We look forward to welcoming you to The Great Electric Train Show, Marshall Arena, Stadium MK, Stadium Way, Milton Keynes MK1 1ST this weekend!