The Great Electric Train Show 2023


October 14/15 2023

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

This year’s event – the 10th anniversary of the Great Electric Train Show - is set to feature 30 layouts, more than 45 trade stands, demonstrations, a free shuttle bus service from Milton Keynes Central railway station and free parking. The headline layout will be one of the biggest ever ‘OO’ gauge portable layouts – Pete Waterman’s Making Tracks 3 layout.

Hornby Magazine Publisher Mike Wild said: “We are pulling all the stops out to make this huge layout possible and working closely with Pete and the Railnuts group to bring it to the Great Electric Train Show. We are all very excited to see the completed layout together especially with Milton Keynes Central station as its centrepiece.”

Discounted advance tickets allowing early entry from 9.30am are on sale now with prices set at £15 for adults (£12 for subscribers) and £8 for children (Saturday only) – kids go free on Sunday, up two permitted per paying adult. In addition the VIP ticket is back once more and includes two-day entry to the show, £25 of Key Publishing model and railway publications, early entry to the show each day at 09.30 access to a VIP lounge and more. All tickets are available to purchase from

The latest show information will be published here on the dedicated Great Electric Train Show site and we look forward to welcome visitors to the show on October 14/15 2023 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

Mike Wild

Publisher, Modelling

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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