The Great Electric Train Show is going ahead!

The Great Electric Train
Show is going ahead!

Join us in Milton Keynes at the Marshall Arena for the 2021 Great Electric Train Show on October 2/3.

It is a green light for the 2021 Great Electric Train Show which will be taking place on the weekend of October 2/3 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. The popular model railway exhibition is making a comeback this autumn with a 30 strong layout line, more than 40 traders plus a range of demonstrations and more.

The event was originally scheduled to take place the following weekend, but due to a clash with a sporting event on the original planned weekend, it has been brought forward to October 2/3 2021. The venue is the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes as in previous years at Stadium Way, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK1 1ST.

Making Tracks layout

Above: Pete Waterman's Making Tracks 'OO' gauge layout will be one of the stars of the show at the 2021 Great Electric Train Show.

Hornby Magazine Editor Mike Wild commented: “This year has been a big challenge for events of all kinds, but we have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that we can run the event in a Covid safe manner following Government guidance. We have Health and Safety advisors working with us in the run up to the event and during the weekend and our event team has also successfully run combined indoor and outdoor Classic Land Rover and Buses Festival events during July and August.”

“We are excited to be running the Great Electric Train Show again and we have a fantastic line up of model railways coming together the first of which we are announcing here. The full line up will be revealed in the next issue of Hornby Magazine – HM172, on sale from September 2 – plus you can now buy advance tickets online at”

Quorn Magna

Above: Hornby Magazine's new 'OO' gauge model of the Great Central Railway will be making its public debut at the Great Electric Train Show.

To formally launch the 2021 Great Electric Train Show we are revealing the first ten layouts from the 30 strong line up. Topping the billing is the only planned exhibition appearance after the Chester Cathedral event for Pete Waterman’s stunning 64ft West Coast Main Line layout (HM171). The Hornby Magazine team will be adopting Pete Waterman’s layout for the weekend and providing the operators as well as all of the rolling stock too. You can expect a full roster of 2000-2021 period West Coast Main Line stock covering AC electric and diesel traction in action during the weekend.

In addition the event will see the public debut of our brand-new Great Central Railway theme ‘OO’ gauge layout which was first shown in the 2021 Hornby Magazine Yearbook. Part two of its build will feature in the 2022 Hornby Magazine Yearbook coming this November.

Melton Mowbray North

Above: John Spence and Steve Weston's 'N' gauge model of Melton Mowbray North.

Joining these two ‘OO’ gauge layouts are a hand-picked crop of layouts from Hornby Magazine past, present and future. They are Mike Buick's ‘OO’ gauge layout Oak Road (HM162) which takes inspiration from Castle Cary, John Spence and Steve Weston’s fabulous ‘N’ gauge model of Melton Mowbray North (HM55), Nick Hughes' busy 'O' gauge diesel depot Hyde Lane TMD, Geoff Buttler’s modern image stocked ‘N’ gauge layout Dragonby which was originally known as Acton Mainline (feature coming in HM172), Malcolm Briggs stunning North Cornwall Brewery in ‘OO’ gauge (HM163), the debut of Mark Pollard’s ‘O’ gauge Old Elm Park steam shed in its extended form (HM164), Alisdair Macdonald's Scottish Region branch terminus Whithorn (feature coming in HM173) and the action packed Live Steam Roadshow featuring Hornby live steam locomotives in ‘OO’ gauge.

Oak Road

Above: Mike Buick's Oak Road in 'OO' gauge.

Old Elm Park

Above: Evening at Old Elm Park depot - Mark Pollard's atmospheric 'O' gauge layout will be making its debut in extended form.

Discount advance tickets for the Great Electric Train Show are available now from Advance adult tickets cost £12 (£10 for Hornby Magazine subscribers), advance child tickets cost £8 and the exclusive VIP package is priced at £40. Children 16 and under go free on Sunday October 3, but must be accompanied by a paying adult. On the day prices are £15 for adult tickets and £9 for child tickets. In the very unlikely event we have to cancel, a full refund will be offered on advance ticket purchases.

To operate the Great Electric Train Show in a Covid Safe manner we will be providing hand sanitiser around the venue, regularly cleaning of all areas of the venue through the weekend and encouraging the Government Hands, Face, Space mantra. The venue will be operating contactless payment for all transactions, there will be wider aisles around the venue for visitor comfort, greater space for seating at the catering area and face coverings can be worn if preferred during the event.

North Cornwall Brewery

Above: Malcolm Briggs' North Cornwall Brewery in 'OO' will be making its exhibition debut.

Full details of the 2021 Great Electric Train Show are available to view at as well as in the next issue of Hornby Magazine.