Graham Nicholas’ superb model of the West Coast Main Line climb to Shap is one of the latest layouts to be revealed for the 2023 Great Electric Train Show.
We are going back to the 1960s on the West Coast Main Line with Graham Nicholas’ stunning ‘OO’ gauge model railway Hills of the North – Spirit of Shap at the 2023 Great Electric Train Show on the weekend of October 14/15 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
Above: Graham Nicholas’ superb ‘OO’ gauge model of the climb to Shap has been revealed in the 2023 Great Electric Train Show line-up.
This huge 30ft x 15ft layout models the famous climb with rolling stock changing through the sequence from the glorious 1930s through to the end of steam. Builder Graham Nicholas said: “The main line over Shap summit in the Cumbrian fells has been an irresistible draw for generations of railway enthusiasts. The layout attempts to recreate something of this atmosphere in the classic steam era, including a recreation of the banking arrangements that were employed to assist the heavier trains up the incline – the layout has been built on a gradient so that the trains really do have to climb the bank.”
Spirit of Shap isn’t the only layout being revealed for the Great Electric Train Show, as the weekend will also play host to Tony Harris’ Dublingham which models a goods yard with three-rail track fully ballasted and weathered. Plus we will also be welcoming back to the OO Live Steam Club with its running track and the opportunity to discover more about the Hornby Live Steam locomotives.
Above: Tony Harris will be exhibiting his three-rail Dublingham goods yard which employs Hornby Dublo locomotives and rolling stock running on fully ballasted ‘OO’ gauge three-rail track.
These new layouts join previously announced exhibits including the first showing of all three of Pete Waterman’s Making Tracks layouts joined together to create a single 152ft x 16ft super layout with Milton Keynes Central station in ‘OO’ gauge as the centre piece, Steve Wright’s stunning ‘N’ gauge layout James Street, Burntisland 1883 from the East of Scotland 4mm Group and more. The full layout list announced to date is available to view here.
Discounted advance tickets are on sale now offering a saving over on the day prices plus the limited VIP ticket is still available to purchase – see panel for ticket prices.
The event includes a free shuttle bus service from Milton Keynes Central station to the venue, free on site parking, refreshments on site and disabled access to all areas of the show. In total more than 30 layouts, 45 traders plus demonstrators will be taking part in the 2023 Great Electric Train Show.
When: October 14/15 2023
Where: Marshall Arena, Stadium Way, Milton Keynes MK1 1ST
Times: Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm (advance ticket holders enter from 9.30am)
Website: Great Electric Train Show
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.
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