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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North Cornwall Brewery, 'OO'

Malcolm Briggs' stunning North Cornwall Brewery will be making its exhibition debut at the 2021 Great Electric Train Show following its print debut in HM163 (December 2020). Marvel at its scratch built buildings, track set into the block paved ground and stunning attention to detail at the show.

Whithorn, 'OO'

Alisdair Macdonald set out to recreate the most southerly branch terminus in Scotland in his characterful 'OO' gauge exhibition layout. Set in the 1960s, it captures the final years of this line before its closure. See it at the 2021 Great Electric Train Show.

Melton Mowbray North, 'N'

Melton Mowbray North started as a diorama of the station in 2mm scale, but Steve Weston and John Spence saw the potential to turn it into this fantastic 'N' gauge exhibition layout. See it at the 2021 Great Electric Train Show.

Quorn Magna and Swithland Sidings, 'OO'

The Hornby Magazine team is debuting its brand-new 'OO' gauge model of the Great Central Railway at the 2021 Great Electric Train Show. Measuring 16ft x 8ft it features a typical GCR station named Quorn Magna on one side and a representation of Swithland Sidings on the otther.

Oak Road, 'OO'

Mike Buick's superb 'OO' gauge model called Oak Road takes inspiration from Castle Cary and features the latest generation GWR stock during the transition from HST to Class 800 formations for express passenger traffic.

Making Tracks - the West Coast Main Line, 'OO'

An undoubted highlight of the 2021 Great Electric Train Show is the only planned exhibition appearance after Chester Cathedral's Making Tracks event for Pete Waterman's stunning 64ft long model of the West Coast Main Line in 'OO' gauge.

Old Elms Park, 'O'

Mark Pollard's Old Elms Park has been expanded to model the depot yard outside of his atmospheric roundhouse. This 'O' gauge layout is a superb example of limited space modelling with the original roundhouse interior covering just 4ft x 4ft.

Hyde Lane Depot, 'O'

Hyde Lane Depot is Nick Hughes 'O' gauge depot layout which takes inspiration from Healey Mills. It is set in the 1970s when BR was transitioning from green to blue colour schemes.

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