Statfold model railway exhibition 2023 preview

The Statfold Model Railway Exhibition is set to return to the Statfold Narrow Gauge Museum on the weekend of April 1/2 2023, following the success of the debut event in 2022.

Set amongst the UK’s largest collection of narrow gauge steam locomotives within the museum’s extensive 1,000 acre site in Staffordshire, more than 30 layouts and 35 traders are expected to attend this two-day model railway event.

Sponsored by Hornby Magazine and Tony’s Trains of Rugby, a wide selection of model railway layouts has been gathered together for the show including several which have appeared within the pages of Hornby Magazine, including Richard Holder’s ‘OO9’ narrow gauge layout Launceston Steam Railway (HM178) and Boston Model Railway Club’s ‘OO’ gauge 1980s/1990s-era Tytton Hall Yard (HM141). Further highlights include Nigel Smith’s ‘OO9’ layout Devil’s Bridge, James and Richard Handley’s ‘OO’ gauge Sixpenny Handley, Hackworth Model Railway Group’s ‘OO’ gauge Hackworth (Trafalgar Terrace), Charles Insley’s ‘OO9’ scale Fort Whiting and more.

Above: Statfold Narrow Gauge Museum’s 2023 model railway exhibition, sponsored by Hornby Magazine and Tony’s Trains of Rugby, is set to take place on April 1/2 2023. Statfold Narrow Gauge Museum.

The Hornby Magazine team will be there all weekend with our popular ‘OO9’ scale Fairlie Syniad Da (HM175/176) and brand new ‘OO’ gauge diesel depot exhibition layouts on display, together with special show-only offers on subscriptions, bookazines and books, plus exclusive limited edition models too.

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Above: Amongst this year’s line-up of layouts is Richard Holder’s ‘OO9’ layout Launceston Steam Railway which appeared in HM178. Trevor Jones/Hornby Magazine.

Bachmann Europe will also be in attendance across the weekend with displays of its latest releases and in-development projects, together with a host of traders including Culcheth Model Railways, Elaine’s Trains, Grainge and Hodder, Invicta Model Rail, Layouts4U, LCUT Creative, Malcs Models, Ten Commandments, Tony’s Train, TTC Diecast, WM Collectables, West Hill Wagon Works and others.

Above: Boston Model Railway Society’s ‘OO’ gauge layout Tytton Hall Yard (HM141), set in the 1980s/1990s will also be on display at the event. Mike Wild/Hornby Magazine.

As well as the model railway event, the Roundhouse and museum will be open for visitors to view the many narrow gauge locomotives on display, including the Beyer-Peacock ‘K1’ 0-4-0+0-4-0T and Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 972 Fiji, together with Quarry Hunslets of all eras and examples of Royal Naval Armament Depot (RNAD) wagons, which provided the inspiration for Bachmann’s recently released ‘OO9’ models.

Above: Hornby Magazine’s ‘OO9’ exhibition layout Fairlie Syniad Da will also be making an appearance at the show once again. Hornby Magazine.

Unlimited train rides are also included in the ticket price with Peckett 0-6-0ST 2050 Harrogate, Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0PT 1172 Alpha, Hunslet 0-4-2ST 1842 Howard and Fowler 0-4-2T 13355 Saccharine all expected to be in use during the weekend, subject to availability. Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST 3903 Statfold and Avonside 0-4-0T 2066 Ogwen are expected to be operating shuttle services between Oak Tree station and Statfold Junction, while Burton and Ashby Tram No. 14 will also be in service over the weekend.

Above: As well as unlimited tram and narrow gauge railway rides, the entry price to this year’s show also includes access to the museum’s stunning Roundhouse and exhibits. Statfold Narrow Gauge Museum.

The railway’s ‘Driver for a Fiver’ experiences will also be on offer once again, utilising Bagnall 0-4-2T No. 3023 Isaac at Oak Tree Station.

The event takes place at the Statfold Narrow Gauge Museum, Ashby Road, Tamworth, where you will find plenty of free parking. A free shuttle bus service will also run between the venue, Tamworth town centre and Tamworth railway station on both days – see website for details.

Above: The Hornby Magazine team will be there all weekend with our brand new ‘OO’ gauge diesel depot. Hornby Magazine.

Discounted advance tickets are available now priced at £14 adults, £11.50 concessions, £6 children and £37.50 families (2+2). 


Event: Statfold Model Railway Exhibition,

When: April 1/2 2023

Where: Statfold Narrow Gauge Museum, Ashby Road, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 0BU

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

Website: Statfold

Prices: Adults £14, concessions £11.50, children £6, family (2+2) £37.50