PREVIEW: Warley National Model Railway Exhibition 2023

The annual Warley National Model Railway Exhibition returns to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham on the weekend of November 25/26 2023.

This year’s show is set to feature more than 80 layouts and more than 100 traders, including Hornby Magazine’s new ‘TT:120’ exhibition layout Twelvemill Bridge, showcasing this delightful new scale with Hornby’s ready-to-run models and Hornby Magazine’s new ‘TT:120’ scale laser-cut kits, including a stunning five-arch viaduct.

Natford Traction Maintenance Depot (TMD), our most recent ‘OO' gauge layout build, will also be on display as part of the Hornby Magazine stand, where you will find special offers on subscriptions and a wide range of magazines, bookazines, books and our expanding range of laser-cut, 3D-printed and ready-to-run models from the Key Model World shop.

Several layouts which have appeared in Hornby Magazine will also be in attendance including Chris Morris’ super ‘N’ gauge Dawlish Warren (HM180), Mark Charlton and Dave Milford’s ‘OO’ gauge Chollerford (HM83), Ian Porteous’ ‘OO’ gauge Hewisbridge (HM78), Wigan and Wirral Finescale Railway Modellers’ ‘OO’ gauge Newhaven Harbour (HM147), Neil Woodbine’s ‘OO’ gauge Rosebury Goods (HM179) and Rob and David Waller’s ‘OO9’ Bron Hebog (HM187).

Above: Hornby Magazine’s ‘OO’ gauge exhibition layout Natford TMD will be on display at the Warley show and will be reflecting operations in the privatisation era across the weekend.

Further highlights of this year’s show include The Model Railway Club’s ‘N’ gauge Copenhagen Fields, Terry Robinson’s ‘OO’ gauge Camel Quay, John Donnelly’s ‘EM’ South Pelaw and Graham Clark’s ‘O’ gauge Netherwood Sidings and many more.

As with previous years, model railway manufacturers will also be displaying examples of their latest releases and upcoming development samples including Accurascale, Bachmann Europe, Cavalex Models, Dapol, Ellis Clark Trains, Heljan, Hornby, KR Models, Oxford Diecast, Peco, Rapido Trains UK, Realtrack Models and Revolution Trains.

Above: Twelvemill Bridge, Hornby Magazine’s new ‘TT:120’ scale layout, will also be making an appearance at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition on November 25/26.

A strong line-up of traders has also been gathered together, while this year’s centrepiece display will feature the Erlestoke Manor Fund’s Great Western Railway ‘Large Prairie’ 2-6-2T 5164, which is making a stopover at the show on its way to Tyseley Locomotive Works for overhaul.

For those looking for further inspiration, there will be model displays and a host of modelling demonstrations taking place across the weekend too.

Doors open at 9.45am each day, with early entry for advance ticket holders from 9.15am on both days. One day tickets are priced at £25 on-the-door during the weekend and £21 each in advance, while accompanied children can enter the show for just £1 each. Two-day tickets are also available.

• Visit the Warley Show website for more information.


Event: Warley National Model Railway Exhibition

When: November 25/26 2023

Where: Hall 5, National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

Times: Sat 9.45am-6pm, Sun 9.45am-5pm (advanced ticket holders gain entry from 9.15am each day)


Prices: Adults £25 (£21 advance), accompanied children £1