The Great Electric Train Show 2023


October 14/15 2023

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Thank you to all of the visitors, traders and layout operators who made the 2022 Great Electric Train Show our biggest and best event so far!

The 2023 event is due to take place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes on October 14/15. Full event details will follow in early 2023 – keep an eye on this website or follow Hornby Magazine on all major social media platforms to be the first to receive our event updates.

Mike Wild

Editor, Hornby Magazine

Latest News

New stands join the 2022 Great Electric Train Show

Mike Wild.

Four new stands have joined the 2022 Great Electric Train Show making this year’s event the biggest in its history. We reveal the new additions…

Mike Wild.

REVEALED: The final Great Electric Train Show line up!

Mike Wild.

The full layout line up for the 2022 Great Electric Train Show is here. Find out what you can see at the show.

Mike Wild.

More layouts for the 2022 Great Electric Train Show

The layout line-up for the 2022 Great Electric Train Show on October 8/9 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes continues to expand with the latest additions headlined by Simon Paley’s brand-new modern day Southern Region layout, Collingwood.

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Latest layouts

Fenny Stratford – a Midland station in ‘OO’ gauge 

Dave Court

This Midland Region through station is located a stones throw from the Marshall Arena venue of the Great Electric Train Show.

Dave Court

Spirit of Swindon – the Western Region in ‘N’

Neil Mason

This ‘N’ gauge layout models the famous Great Western Railway works town in the early hydraulic era.

Neil Mason

Oakenshaw – a Midland ‘OO’ gauge layout 

Guy Craddock

Oakenshaw is a fictitious West Yorkshire mill town set in the 1960s in the final years of steam.

Guy Craddock

Lob Ghyll – the Yorkshire Dale in ‘OO’

Tom Couling.

Lob Ghyll is the latest ‘OO’ gauge layout to be built by Tom Couling and is set in the Yorkshire Dales during the BR steam era.

Tom Couling.

East Dock – an Eastern dockside layout

Abingdon and District MRC

East Dock is built to 4mm scale with ‘EM’ gauge track by long time Abingdon and District MRC member Alan Goode. It is exhibited by the club in his memory.

Abingdon and District MRC

Fawcett Street – a ‘OO’ shunting layout

Steve Rogers

This is a shunting layout designed to provide as much operating interest as possible in a small space.

Steve Rogers

Gare de Brindille – French narrow gauge

Graham Minshall

The First World War is the setting for this compact ‘SM32’ French narrow gauge railway.

Graham Minshall

Halland – a ‘OO’ branch terminus

John Gay.

This multi-length steam era layout is presented in its longest 17ft format for the 2022 Great Electric Train Show.

John Gay.

View more 2022 layout exhibits.


Visitor Information


Marshall Arena, Stadium MK, Stadium Way, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST


October 14/15 2023,  Doors open at 10am (9.30am for advance ticket holders) until 5pm on Saturday and until 4pm on Sunday.


Advance ticket holders receive entry 30 minutes earlier than the normal opening times.

On-the-door tickets will be available on each day the show is open from the Ticket Desk at the Main Entrance.

A child ticket is valid for children between 5-16 years of age.

Persons over 16 years of age will be charged an Adult ticket price and there are no concession tickets for persons over 60 years of age.

Adult VIP (advance only) £45 -
Adult                             £15 £17
Adult Subscriber £12 £17
Child (Saturday)  £8 £9
Child (Sunday)  FREE* FREE*

* 2 children max per paying adult

Advanced tickets available soon!

Great Electric Train Show – Disabled Visitor Policy

The Great Electric Train Show does not offer a special rate to disabled visitors, but does offer free admission for carers who are accompanying disabled visitors.

A maximum of one carer for each disabled visitor is permitted access to the Show free of charge to accompany and enable the disabled person to visit the exhibition.

Carer admission tickets are not available online and can only be collected from the Great Electric Train Show Ticket Desk situated inside the Main Entrance.

Visitors who have the following documentation are entitled to one free carer ticket, however, the visitor with the disability and any further members of their party will pay full price.

Visitors can use the following documentation as proof of disability:

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Attendance Allowance (AA)

Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

Blind Persons Registration

Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)


Visitors must show the relevant paperwork at the Ticket Desk when they buy or collect their ticket.

Getting to the Event

FREE parking is available to GETS visitors in S1, S2 or S3 marked in blue.

Venue Directions and Parking Map

A FREE shuttle bus service will be running throughout both show days from Milton Keynes Railway station to the Marshall Arena

Shuttle Bus Timetable

Marshall Arena Catering Outlets.

Marshall Arena Indoor Bar Catering – 9.30am until 4pm

Outside Catering Van – 8.30am until 2pm

These outlets will be operating a contactless payment system only.


Exhibitor Information

Risk Assessment Form for Exhibitors and Traders

Event Rules & Regulations


Covid Regulations

The Great Electric Train Show will adhere to Government regulations that may be in place in respect of COVID-19 at the time of the show.  For updates on this please refer to

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Event Contact Details


General Enquiries

Julie Hawes



Layout Enquiries

Mike Wild



Trader Bookings

Brodie Baxter

Tel: 01780 755131