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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Latest layouts

Museum of Transport

This popular 4mm layout consists of a fictitious Museum of Transport situated in the regenerated former dockland of an English town. Railway exhibits are housed in a purpose-built Railway Gallery while 4mm scale electric tramcars operate on a double track around part of the layout.

Live Steam Roadshow

We are the OO Live Steam Club. We see our role as supporting Hornby’s Live Steam ‘OO’ gauge products from the early 2000s and showing owners and potential owners how to get the best out of their Hornby live steam locomotives. See us at the 2021 Great Electric Train Show on October 2/3.

Humphrey Road Sidings

Humphrey Road Sidings is a departure for us as we normally model overseas railways. The layout depicts a small Southern Railway goods yard in ‘OO’ gauge. It doesn’t model a prototypically place, it is set in a generic location ‘somewhere in SR territory’.

Arrowmouth, 'OO'

Redditch Model Railway Club's fantastic 'OO' gauge coastal layout was amongst the first to be published in Hornby Magazine in issue number three. See this busy Midland Region main line layout once more at the 2021 Great Electric Train Show.

New Kensal Green, 'OO'

New Kensal Green is presented at the Great Electric Train Show by the South Coast Model Development Group and will transport you back to the final years of steam on the Western Region.

Little Burford, 'O'

This rural Great Western Railway branch line models a characterful through station in 7mm scale using the latest ready-to-run locomotives and rolling stock from Dapol and Heljan as well as kit built wagons. Presented by Mike Hickling and Dan Evason this wonderful models brings back the peace and tranquility of the 1930s.

Reevy Road West, 'OO'

Reevy Road West is exhibited by Bradford Model Railway Club and models the West Riding of Yorkshire in the BR blue era. Expect express and heavy freights running side by side on this superb 'OO' gauge layout.

Dragonby, 'N'

Dragonby's visit to the Great Electric Train Show will be its 189th public outing since this 'N' gauge layout made its debut at Acton Mainline in the 1990s with Croydon Model Railway Society. The 2021 Great Electric Train Show will be amongst its last events before retirement with current owner Geoff Buttler.

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