Model Rail Scotland 2022 event preview

Scotland’s premier model railway exhibition returns to the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow on February 25 to 27. Hornby Magazine previews this highlight in the model railway calendar.


Following its hiatus in 2021, the Association of Model Railway Societies in Scotland’s (AMRSS) annual three-day model railway show Model Rail Scotland – is back on the weekend of February 25-27.

More than 40 layouts are due to appear in Hall 3 of the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow later this month and, as in previous years, the event is set to feature plenty of Scottish content.

Highlights include the recently refurbished Blair Atholl towards Drumochter (‘OO’), Blythe and Tyne Model Railway Club’s Clackmannan Goods (‘P4’), Stirling and Clackmannanshire District Model Railway Club’s Glenochil (‘N’), Brian Thompson’s Kilbowie (‘OO’), Ayr Model Railway Group’s Perceton (‘OO’) and East Neuk Model Railway Club’s St Andrews and Guardbridge (‘N’).


Also set to appear are Gordon and Maggie Gravett’s Arun Quay (‘O’), East of Scotland 4mm Group’s Cadhay Sidings (‘EM’), Nick Hughes’ Hyde Lane TMD (‘O’), John Spence’s Lisworth Bay (‘N’), 57 Study Group’s Montague Field (‘OO’), Clive Mortimore’s Pig Lane (‘OO’), Paul Spencer’s Splott (‘P4’), Clyde Model Railway Club’s Wellgate Wagon Works (‘OO’) and more.


Above: Cadhay Sidings is a ‘P4’ layout set on the Southern Railway in the 1930s. Mike Bisset/Hornby Magazine.

Amongst this year’s continental layout highlights are Paul Stapleton’s Beijiao (‘HO’), Perth and District Model Railway Group’s Coeur D’Alene Railway (On30’), Blythe and Tyne Model Railway Club’s 52nd Avenue (‘HO’) and Clydeside Model Railway Club’s Tuerland (‘N’).


Above: Blair Atholl towards Drumochter is set to provide a slice of the Highland Main Line in ‘OO’. Mike Bisset/Hornby Magazine.


Above: Nick Hughes’ 7mm scale Hyde Lane TMD is one of more than 40 layouts attending this year’s Model Rail Scotland. Richard Watson/Hornby Magazine.

Hornby Magazine will also be returning to the show with special show-only offers on subscriptions, publications, models and accessories, while Accurascale, Bachmann, Cavalex Models, Heljan, KR Models, Realtrack Models and Revolution Trains are amongst the manufacturers attending this year. As ever, an extensive selection of trade support will also be on-hand including Cheltenham Model Centre, Digitrains, DMG Electech, Durham Trains of Stanley, EKM Exhibitions, Ellis Clark Trains, Footplate Models, Gaugemaster, Going Loco, H&A Models, KMS Railtech, Locomotion Models, Rails of Sheffield, Scale Model Scenery, Ten Commandments, The Model Centre (TMC), West Hill Wagon Works and many more. An impressive gathering of specialist societies and demonstrations will complete the line-up.

Organisers have also commissioned a special limited edition ‘N’ gauge model of Revolution Trains’ newly-tooled Class 320 Electric Multiple Unit (EMU), which is due to be released at the show. Finished as 320306

Model Rail Scotland in Strathclyde Passenger Transport carmine and cream, this exclusive model will represent the three-car unit named at Glasgow Central station in February 1997.

Advance tickets are on sale now and holders can gain entry to the show 30 minutes before the official opening times. On-the-day tickets will also be available. A free vintage bus service will operate each day between the venue and Glasgow Central/Queen Street railway stations.


Above: BR Standard ‘4MT’ 2-6-0 76069 heads avan train on Brian Thompson’s ‘OO’ gauge layout Kilbowie. Nigel Burkin/Hornby Magazine.

Finally, all visitors to Model Rail Scotland this year will be required to show they have been fully vaccinated or have tested negative within the previous 24 hours for Covid-19 (or demonstrate that they are exempt). Face coverings must also be worn by all visitors and exhibitors. Further information on the rules regarding Covid vaccination checks can be found on the Model Rail Scotland website.

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Above: The 57 Study Group’s ‘OO’ gauge Montague Field is also set to appear at Model Rail Scotland this year. Mike Bisset/Hornby Magazine.