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

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Fen Lane – East Anglia in transition

Peter Milne

Thetford and District Model Railway Society is showcasing its attractive Fenland ‘OO’ gauge layout, Fen Lane, at the 2022 Great Electric Train Show.

Peter Milne

Gravesdown South ‘OO’ gauge layout


Built as a display layout for an increasing collection of ‘OO’ gauge rolling stock, this BR blue era layout is now a bustling scene.


Greenford Broadway – ‘OO’ gauge Underground

Tony Dean

This compact ‘OO’ gauge layout models the London Underground system between 1948 and 1962. See it at the 2022 Great Electric Train Show.

Tony Dean

Collingwood – the South coastway in ‘OO’


Simon Paley has modelled the current railway scene on the West Coastway line in ‘OO’ featuring detailed signalling systems and lineside equipment.


Howbrooke – ‘OO’ gauge modern image


The modern railway in 2019-2020 is the subject for Richard Smith’s rapidly built ‘OO’ gauge layout Howbrooke.


Making Tracks II – Pete Waterman’s 2022 ‘OO’ gauge layout


This year Pete Waterman and the Railnuts group have built a brand-new ‘OO’ gauge West Coast Main Line layout. See it one final time at the Great Electric Train Show.


Roxby Town – modern day ‘N’ gauge


Geoff Buttler’s Roxby Town models the current railway scene in ‘N’ gauge and you can see it at the 2022 Great Electric Train Show.


Fairlie Syniad Da – the Ffestiniog in ‘OO9’


Hornby Magazine’s recently completed ‘OO9’ narrow gauge layout is making its second public appearance at the 2022 Great Electric Train Show. Find it on the magazine stand!


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