The Great Electric Train Show 2021


October 2/3 2021

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

The 2021 Great Electric Train Show is on this weekend at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes opening on Saturday October 2 at 10am (advance ticket holders can enter from 9.30am). Tickets are available to purchase on the day priced at £15 for adults and £9 for children on Saturday (kids go free on Sunday October 3 - up to two children admitted with each paying adult).

Highlights of the show include 30 stunning hand-picked model railways from Hornby Magazine past, present and future - including the only exhibition appearance for Pete Waterman’s ‘OO’ gauge West Coast Main Line layout following the Chester Cathedral event - more than 40 trade stands, demonstrations, societies and more. 

Product announcements will be taking place throughout the weekend - keep watching KeyModelWorld if you can’t get to the show - and we will have the latest samples from Hornby, Accurascale, Heljan and Bachmann on display plus you can see manufacturer stands at the event from KR Models, Cavalex Models, Revolution Trains, Rails of Sheffield, Hattons Model Railways, Ellis Clark Trains and more.

We look forward to welcoming you at the show!
Mike Wild

Editor, Hornby Magazine

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Shuttle bus timetable 2021

A free shuttle bus will be running each day of the Great Electric Train Show on October 2/3 2021 between Milton Keynes Central railway station and the Marshall Arena venue. Use the bus timetable here to plan your journey by public transport.

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Layouts 2021

Foldham, 'OO'

Foldham is set in the end of the steam period with the old order gradually being taken over by new diesel traction. The layout is placed in the Norfolk and Suffolk coast area, on the Eastern section of the Eastern Region of British Railways.

Saint Mellion, 'OO'

The real St Mellion is a small village situated in East Cornwall, a little to the west of the River Tamar, but it was never in reality served by a railway.

Loctern Quay

On the banks of a lazy river sits Loctern Quay, where a narrow gauge railway can be found threading through the streets of the village. Although the quayside has fallen into disuse the railway struggles on, its little goods trains still serving the community and its small businesses.

Slugworth & Co

Slugworth & Co. are manufacturers of fine chocolates and sweets. Their factory has a narrow gauge railway connecting it to the main line railway where there are exchange sidings. This compact scene is modelled in 'OO9' and features 5in radius curves!

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.

View the full layout listing for the 2021 Great Electric Train Show


Visitor Information


Marshall Arena, Stadium MK, Stadium Way, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST


October 2/3 2021,  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  £40.00  N/A
Adult                             £12.00  £15.00
Adult Subscriber £10.00  N.A
Child (Saturday)  £8.00  £9.00
Child (Sunday)  FREE* FREE*

* 2 children max per paying adult

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


Covid Regulations

To operate the Great Electric Train Show in a Covid Safe manner we will be 

  • Providing hand sanitiser around the venue
  • Regularly cleaning all touchpoint areas of the venue through the weekend
  • Encouraging the Government Hands, Face, Space mantra
  • Providing wider aisles around the venue for visitor comfort
  • Providing more space for seating at the catering areas
  • Encouraging face coverings to be worn, if preferred, during the event

Although we will be taking cash payments at the entrance, the venue will be operating contactless payment for all transactions in the catering areas.

The Great Electric Train Show will adhere to any additional 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