Ticket sales open for the Great Electric Train Show 2023

Discounted advance tickets for the 2023 Great Electric Train Show are on sale now and the first layouts for this year’s line-up have been revealed.

Tickets are on sale now for the 2023 Great Electric Train Show which takes place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes on the weekend of October 14/15 2023.

This year’s event – the 10th anniversary of the Great Electric Train Show - is set to feature 30 layouts, more than 45 trade stands, demonstrations, a free shuttle bus service from Milton Keynes Central railway station and free parking. The headline layout will be one of the biggest ever ‘OO’ gauge portable layouts – Pete Waterman’s Making Tracks 3 layout.

Above: Pete Waterman and the Railnuts group will be exhibiting their biggest ‘OO’ gauge layout ever – a 152ft layout combining all three Making Tracks layouts from 2021-2023. On Making Tracks 2, a Class 87 heads south at Hillmorton Junction. Mike Wild.

Making Tracks 3 is under construction for display in Chester Cathedral from July 26-September 3 and is a scale model of Milton Keynes Central station. For the 2023 Great Electric Train Show, all three Making Tracks layouts will be joined together to create a single 152ft long ‘OO’ gauge layout combining Watford Tunnel, North Church Tunnel, Tring Cutting, Milton Keynes Central station and Hillmorton Junction. The October event will be the first time all three layouts have been combined.

Above: 30 layouts and more than 45 traders will take part in the 2023 Great Electric Train Show which is hosted at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

Hornby Magazine Publisher Mike Wild said: “We are pulling all the stops out to make this huge layout possible and working closely with Pete and the Railnuts group to bring it to the Great Electric Train Show. We are all very excited to see the completed layout together especially with Milton Keynes Central station as its centrepiece.”


Layouts large and small will be joining the Making Tracks layout with the first to be revealed being the East of Scotland 4mm Group’s Burntisland (see feature on pages 66-73), Neil Woodbine’s Rosebury Goods (HM179) and Hornby Magazine’s new diesel depot layout - full feature and video series coming soon.

Above: The Hornby Magazine stand will feature the new diesel depot and another yet to be revealed layout in 2023.

Discounted advance tickets allowing early entry from 9.30am are on sale now with prices set at £15 for adults (£12 for subscribers) and £8 for children (Saturday only) – kids go free on Sunday, up two permitted per paying adult. In addition the VIP ticket is back once more and includes two-day entry to the show, £25 of Key Publishing model and railway publications, free tea and coffee throughout the weekend, early entry to the show each day at 09.30 and access to a VIP lounge. All tickets are available to purchase from shop.keypublishing.com


When: October 14/15 2023

Where: Marshall Arena, Stadium Way, Milton Keynes MK1 1ST

Times: Saturday 10.00-17.00, Sunday 10.00-16.00 (advance ticket holders enter from 09.30)

Website: www.keymodelworld.com/greatelectrictrainshow

Contact: 01780 480404

Tickets: Adult advance £15, child advance £8 (Saturday only), adult subscriber £12, VIP £45. Adult on the day £17, child on the day £9 (Saturday only). Up to two children under 16 admitted free with each paying adult on Sunday only.


For the 2023 Great Electric Train Show all three Making Tracks layouts will be joined together to create a single 152ft long ‘OO’ gauge layout.


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