Model Rail Scotland 2024 Preview

Scotland’s premier model railway exhibition returns to the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow this February. MARK CHIVERS casts a glance at some of the highlights of this year’s show.

Final preparations are underway for the Association of Model Railway Societies in Scotland’s (AMRSS) annual three-day model railway exhibition – Model Rail Scotland – at the Scottish Events Campus in Glasgow on February 23-25 2024.

More than 50 layouts – including a super selection of Scottish outline examples - are set to appear at this highlight in the modelling calendar, along with demonstrations, societies and a wide selection of trade support.

Above: Hornby Magazine’s ‘TT:120’ scale Twelvemill Bridge layout will be amongst the 50+ layouts at this year’s Model Rail Scotland exhibition in Glasgow on February 23-25. Mike Wild.

Amongst the stand-out layouts at this years show is Mick Worral’s stunning ‘O’ gauge 70ft x 40ft layout of Eastfield Motive Power Depot and approaches, making its UK exhibition debut. The layout models the renowned Glasgow location during the 1980s. Also set to appear is Roddy Newbigging’s ‘OO’ gauge Dalziel North, set in North Lanarkshire in the early 2000s (see pages 56-63, this issue).

Further Scottish outline layouts set to appear this year include Martin Stewart’s ‘OO’ gauge Tulloch Bridge, Scottish Diesel and Electric Group’s (SDEG) ‘OO’ gauge Wellpark, Elgin Model Railway Club’s ‘N’ gauge Glen Farist, Alex Hall’s ‘OO’ gauge Weedram Distillery, Cumbernauld Model Railway Group’s ‘N’ gauge Castlebridge, East Neuk Model Railway Club’s ‘N’ gauge Law Junction, Glenrothes Model Railway Club’s ‘N’ gauge Levenbank and more.

Above: Bradford Model Railway Club’s ‘OO’ gauge Reevy Road West (HM135) is also set to appear at Model Rail Scotland 2024. Mike Wild.

Also booked are Bradford Model Railway Club’s ‘OO’ gauge Reevy Road West (HM135), Pete Degnan’s ‘OO’ gauge Degnan Yard, Steve Saxby’s ‘OO’ gauge Effingham Street, Robin Gay’s ‘P4’ gauge Rolvenden, Blythe and Tyne Model Railway Society’s ‘Scale 7’ Reeth, Greenock Model Railway Club’s ‘OO9’ scale Dduallt and Terry Tew’s ‘OO’ gauge Tellindalloch.

The Hornby Magazine team will also be at the show with our latest ‘TT:120’ scale exhibition layout Twelvemill Bridge, together with the Key Model World Shop showcasing a selection of our exclusive and limited edition models, laser-cut kits and 3D-printed accessories, plus show-only offers on subscriptions and publications. 

Manufacturers attending this year include Accurascale/Irish Railway Models, Bachmann Europe, Cavalex Models, Heljan, Hornby Hobbies, Peco, Rapido Trains UK and Revolution Trains.

Above: As in previous years, a good selection of Scottish outline layouts will be on display including Martin Stewart’s ‘OO’ gauge Tulloch Bridge, modelling the West Highland line in the modern era. Martin Stewart.

An extensive selection of traders has also been booked including Cheltenham Model Centre, CM3 Models, DE Videos and DE Kits, DCC Train Automation, Digitrains, Durham Trains of Stanley, EKM Exhibitions, Ellis Clark Trains, Footplate Models, Gaugemaster, Going Loco, Grimy Times, H&A Models, Harburn Hobbies, JS Models, KMS Railtech, Kytes Lights, Langley Models, Locomotion Models, Pennine Models, Plus Daughters, Primo Models, Rail Stuff, Rainbow Railways, Ten Commandments, The Junction Box, The Wagon Yard, TTC Diecast, West Hill Wagon Works, WW Scenics and more.

Several modelling demonstrations are also planned across the weekend, along with an impressive gathering of modelling and specialist societies.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £15 for adults, £5 for children and £35 for families (2+2). Once again, advanced ticket holders will be able to gain entry to the show 30 minutes before the official opening time each day. On-the-day tickets will also be available at the venue.

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Event: Model Rail Scotland

When: February 23-25 2024

Where: Hall 3, Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Exhibition Way, Glasgow, G3 8YW

Times: Fri 10.30am-6pm, Sat 10.30am-6pm, Sun 10.30am-5pm

Prices: Adults £15, children £5, family £35


Features: 50+ layouts, trade support, societies, demonstrations, refreshments, parking and disabled access.