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News: Final layouts revealed for GETS 2018

Published 14 September 2018, 15:26

More than 80 stands consisting of 32 layouts, 44 traders and eight demonstrations make up the 2018 Great Electric Train Show at its new bigger venue of the Arena MK in Milton Keynes for the weekend of October 13/14 – Hornby Magazine’s biggest model railway exhibition to date.

The full line-up for the 2018 Great Electric Train Show – our biggest yet – has been revealed ranging from compact micros through to giant 45ft long railways. Completing the line-up are Wirral Finescale Railway Modeller’s 1970s Southern Region model of Newhaven Harbour in 4mm scale, Milton Keynes Model Railway Society’s latest ‘N’ gauge layout Brinklow, Andrew Jones’ busy ‘O’ gauge industrial themed Stodden Hundred Light Railway, Justin and Nigel Adams’ compact ‘O’ gauge shunting layout Wyken Yard, Colin Snowdon’s ‘OO’ gauge Southern Region seaside terminus Batcombe (HM78), Mark Pretious’ ‘OO’ gauge Isle of Wight layout Merstone and Chris and Dave Warner’s new ‘O’ gauge yard layout Four Sticks.

These seven additions join Whitby West Cliff in ‘OO’ (HM112), Dubmill Sidings showing its new extension in ‘O’ (HM78), Bewdley in ‘OO’, Glenfinnan in ‘OO’ (HM118), Hatch End in ‘N’ gauge (HM132), 45C Westlands in ‘OO’ gauge with its latest extensions (HM125), Vale of Oxbury in ‘N’ gauge (HM132), Oake in ‘OO’ (HM134) and many more.

See HM136, on sale now, for a full preview of the show and visit the Layout sections here to view the full line-up.

In addition the Hornby Magazine team have been pulling out the stops to prepare an extension to Grosvenor Square for the Great Electric Train Show and the operating team will be demonstrating the ADM Turntable’s indexing turntable as well as the Gaugemaster Prodigy WiFi connection as part of the layout’s presentation.

The new venue in Milton Keynes offers a larger space than ever before for the Great Electric Train Show and with easy access from the M1 corridor by road as well as the West Coast Main Line by rail. The 2018 event is 25% bigger than previous shows. The Arena MK offers a single large exhibition hall together with two additional balcony areas. The latter will be home to the Hornby Magazine Skills Zone and a number of compact layouts. The full venue is accessible for all with lifts available to reach the balconies.

The Arena MK is located a few minutes’ drive from the M1 at junction 14 via the A421 (use postcode MK1 1QB for sat navs). It is signposted with brown signs for the football stadium from the outskirts of the town. Free parking is available on site in the dedicated car park – and VIP ticket holders will have priority parking. Alternatively, you can reach the venue by rail using Virgin Trains, Southern Railway and London North Western Railway services to Milton Keynes Central station. A free bus service will be operating from stand Z6 outside the station directly to the venue on both days. Refreshments are available at the venue throughout the weekend too while advance ticket purchase remains open by calling 01780 480404 until September 28.

Doors to the Great Electric Train Show open at 9.30am each day for advance and VIP ticket holders with the gates opening to those paying on the day at 10am. This year’s line-up is the best yet for the Great Electric Train Show and we look forward to welcome visitors on October 13/14.

Visit for more information or call 01780 480404 for advance ticket sales.

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