Final preparations for Statfold Model Railway Exhibition 2024

Final preparations are under way for the annual Statfold Model Railway Exhibition which is due to take place on April 13/14 2024 at Statfold Country Park near Tamworth with the addition of a surprise exhibit from Key Model World/Hornby Magazine.

Sponsored by Hornby Magazine and Tony’s Trains, this popular two-day event will feature a wide selection of model railway layouts and traders, including several which have appeared in Hornby Magazine.

Amongst those booked to attend this year’s event are Beckenham and West Wickham Model Railway Club’s ‘OO’ gauge BR Southern Region terminus Beckwick (HM180), Chris Morris’ superb ‘N’ gauge Dawlish Warren (HM180) and Key Model World/Hornby Magazine’s ‘TT:120’ scale Twelvemill Bridge (HM197-HM201), together with Adam Miles’ ‘OO’ gauge Glenadam Distillery micro layout, John Issitt’s ‘O’ gauge Fenn Street Yard, Tracey Lappin’s ‘O’ gauge Lappin Yard, Tim Williams’ ‘OO’/’OO9’ Port Dinorwic, Leigh Thompson’s ‘N’ gauge Leigh St George and more.

West Coast Cement in OO gauge.

Above: Key Model World's West Coast Cement has joined the Statfold Model Railway Exhibition line up. It is the layouts first showing since 2022.

New to the show line up is Key Model World/Hornby Magazine's popular 'OO' gauge West Coast Main Line layout West Coast Cement. This 20ft x 10ft overhead electric layout was last seen in November 2022 and is being dusted down to showcase the latest modern traction locomotives and rolling stock during the weekend at the show. Publisher, Modelling Mike Wild said: "West Coast Cement will be modelling the privatisation era through the weekend at Statfold with Saturday featuring the 2000-2010 period and Sunday 2010 to the present day to ring the changes."

The Hornby Magazine and Key Model World team will be on hand all weekend, while the Hornby Magazine/Key Model World shop will also be there with special show-only offers on subscriptions, bookazines and books, together with our full range of exclusive laser-cut kits, 3D-printed and limited edition models.

Bachmann Europe will be attending again, displaying its new releases and latest development samples of forthcoming projects, while trade support includes Culcheth Model Railways, Elaine’s Trains, Footplate Models, H&A Models, Hobbytools4U, Invicta Model Rail, Latem Designs, Layouts4U, L Cut Creative, Malc’s Models, Ten Commandments, TTC Diecast, West Hill Wagon Works, WM Collectables and more. 

Above: Chris Morris’ superb ‘N’ gauge model of Dawlish Warren station is amongst the model railway layouts booked to attend the event at Statfold Country Park on April 13/14.Mike Wild/Hornby Magazine.

In addition to the model railway event, visitors can also view the UK’s largest collection of narrow gauge steam locomotives at the extensive 1,000 acre site, which includes entry to the outstanding roundhouse museum, unlimited steam train rides, and vintage swing chairs amongst other attractions.

Locomotives due to be in use across the weekend include Peckett 2050 Harrogate, Hudswell Clarke 972 Fiji, Hudswell Clarke 1056 CSR No.19, Quarry Hunslets 921 Sybil Mary and 3903 Jack Lane, while Burton and Ashby Tram No.14 will also be offering tram rides.

Above: Hornby Magazine will be at the 2024 Statfold Model Railway Exhibition with our latest ‘TT:120’ scale exhibition layout Twelvemill Bridge on display. Mike Wild/Hornby Magazine.

For those wishing to try their hand at driving a steam locomotive, the popular ‘Driver for a Fiver’ returns with Hudswell Clarke 1172 Alpha expected to be in steam at Oak Tree station.

The event takes place at Statfold Country Park, Ashby Road, Tamworth with free parking on-site, while a free bus shuttle provided by Transport Museum Wythall will operate between the venue and Tamworth railway station on both days – see the website for full details.

Above: Beckenham and West Wickham Model Railway Club’s ‘OO’ gauge BR Southern Region terminus Beckwick is also amongst this year’s line-up of model railway layouts. Trevor Jones/Hornby Magazine.

Discounted advance tickets are £16 for adults, £13 for concessions, £8 for children and £39.50 for families. Weekend admission tickets will also be available.

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Event: Statfold Model Railway Exhibition

When: April 13/14 2024

Where: Statfold Country Park, Ashby Road, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 0BU

Times: Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 10am-4pm


Prices: Adults £16, concessions £13.50, children £8, family £39.50 (advance tickets)