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News: New venue for Great Electric Train Show

Published 12 April 2018, 16:45

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, this year’s event will be held at the Arena MK in Milton Keynes with easy access by road and rail and offers 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 Railway.

Hornby Magazine Editor Mike Wild said: “The Great Electric Train Show continues to grow and the move to the Arena MK gives us more space for everyone, including visitors. We are excited to take the show forward at its new venue and we have a stunning range of model railways to put on display for the weekend.”

Launching the show are 10 of the 30 layouts for the weekend covering scales from ‘N’ to ‘O’ gauge and drawing layouts 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 (see pages 18-25), Tom Snook and friends' 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.

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.

Trade stands already confirmed for the show include DC Kits, Green Scene, Grimy Times, H&A Models, KS Laser Designs, P&D Marsh, Ten Commandments, TTC Diecast as well as new additions to the line up ABC Brushes, Black Dwarf Publications, Model Rail Baseboards, TMC and more. Demonstrations will include ModelU 3D scanning, building construction with David Wright from Dovedale Models and Mick Bonwick providing his regular weathering demonstrations.

Advance tickets are now on sale 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 here at

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