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

Great Electric Train Show line up grows

The layout list for the 2022 Great Electric Train Show is growing with announcement of five more of the 30 strong line up for the October 8/9 event in Milton Keynes.

Get set for the 2022 Great Electric Train Show

The 2022 Great Electric Train Show is going ahead on the weekend of October 8/9 2022 with a stella cast of inspirational model railways, trade stands, demonstrations and more.

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Latest layouts

Loughborough Midland – the 2000s in ‘OO’ gauge

Paul Warden.

The Midland Main Line in the early 2000s is the setting for this busy ‘OO’ gauge layout presented by Ivanhoe MRC.

Paul Warden.

Grub Lane – an ‘O’ gauge shed

Kelvin Barnes

Minimum space modelling in ‘O’ gauge can still be rewarding, as Grub Lane shows.

Kelvin Barnes

Witham – a Western Region junction station

Martin Reynolds

Witham is a fictious ‘OO’ gauge layout set in the geographical area of Witham in Somerset during the summer period of the late 1950s and early 1960s, seeing the twilight of the steam era and the dawn of the new diesel era. 

Martin Reynolds

The Yard – an industrial shunting layout


With multi-scale operation, radio controlled road vehicles and radio controlled crane this layout is set to impress at the Great Electric Train Show.


Quorn Magna and Swithland Sidings


One of the latest Hornby Magazine layouts is making a second appearance at the 2022 Great Electric Train Show on the Hornby Magazine stand.


Allerby – 1980s Cumbria in ‘O’ gauge

Steve Thompson

Allerby is a brand-new 40ft x 17ft ‘O’ gauge layout which is making its public debut at the 2022 Great Electric Train Show. Find out more here.

Steve Thompson

Whiteacres – modern image ‘OO’

Terry Robinson

This is Stafford Railway Circle’s impressive multi-level privatisation era 4mm fine scale layout. See it at the 2022 Great Electric Train Show on October 8/9.

Terry Robinson

Penphyl Halt – G scale indoors

Martin Shenton

Martin Shenton is displaying his busy G scale indoor layout at the 2022 Great Electric Train Show offering a taste of larger scale modelling.

Martin Shenton

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

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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