Model World LIVE


April 27/28 2024

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham


Brand-new for 2024, Model World LIVE is brought to you by the organisers of the Great Electric Train Show to bring together railway and scale modellers at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. The event will take place on April 27/28 2024 in Hall 17 and advance tickets are on sale now.

This new event combines modelling disciplines with the best model railways, the best scale modelling displays, demonstrations, presentations, manufacturer support and traders offering the best in both worlds.

Highlights for the launch of the event include a second chance to see all three Making Tracks layouts joined together - and with a new extension to make this amazing award winning layout over 200ft long - together with layouts from travelling from far and wide as well as from the Warley Model Railway Club in Birmingham.

The latest show information will be published here on the dedicated Model World Live pages below and we look forward to welcome visitors to the show on April 27/28 2024 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

The event will be open 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday with advance ticket holders being allowed entry from 9.30am each day. Parking is managed by the NEC with the option to pay for parking in advance and save £5. Advance parking costs £12.95, on the day parking costs £17.95. See Visitor Information for full details.

We look forward to welcoming you to the first Model World LIVE show in April 2024.

Mike Wild

Publisher, Modelling


Latest news

VIDEO: Making Tracks: The Final Frontier


Pete Waterman and the Railnuts are planning a massive expansion of Making Tracks for the brand-new Key Publishing Model World LIVE event on April 27/28 2024. We meet with Pete to find out more about this bold plan.


TEN layouts revealed for Model World LIVE 2024


The first ten model railways for Key Publishing’s brand-new Model World LIVE event at the NEC on April 27/28 2024 have been revealed.


NEW EVENT: Model World LIVE 2024 launches


Brand-new for 2024, Model World LIVE is brought to you by the organisers of the Great Electric Train Show to bring together railway and scale modellers at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. The event will take place on April 27/28 2024 in Hall 17 and advance tickets are on sale now.


Layouts 2024

Allerby - a 1980s 'O' gauge freight scene

Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson's superb 'O' gauge layout Allerby has joined the line up for Model World LIVE 2024. Find out more here and look out for a full feature in HM200 - on sale January 11 2024.

Steve Thompson

Fairlie Syniad Da - the Ffestiniog Railway in 'OO9'


Fairlie Syniad Da is Hornby Magazine and Key Model World's 'OO9' narrow gauge layout. Last seen in May 2023, Model World LIVE on April 27/28 2024 will be this popular layouts next event.


Twelvemill Bridge - the first 'TT:120' scale exhibition layout


Key Model World and Hornby Magazine’s new 'TT:120' scale model railway - Twelvemill Bridge - will be on show at Model World LIVE in 2024. If you are starting out in this scale be sure to check out this layout.


Natford TMD - Key Model World's diesel depot


Hornby Magazine’s new ‘OO’ gauge diesel depot will be taking part in Model World LIVE 2024 on April 27/28 with a full suite of sound fitted motive power.


Newvaddon Parkway - modelling Cornish railways in 'N'

Mick House

Redruth Model Railway Club set out to model the privatisation era in Cornwall with inspiration from Newport, Totnes and local branch lines. See it at Model World LIVE 2024 on April 27/28.

Mick House

Scarlington - the 1980s in North East England in 'N'

The NOEL Group’s fabulous ‘N’ gauge exhibition layout Scarlington is joining the first Model World LIVE event on April 27/28 2024.

Scale Modelling Displays 2024

Tiny Flying Legends - An Airshow in Miniature

Kieran Farrell

Welcome to the world of Tiny Flying Legends, where the grandeur of the 2005 Duxford Flying Legends air show is brought to life meticulously in 1:72 scale model form.

Kieran Farrell

Visitor Information


Hall 17, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham B40 1NT


April 27/28 2024, 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) £50 -
Adult                             £16 £19
Adult Subscriber £14 £19
Child (Saturday)  £9 £10
Child (Sunday)  FREE* FREE*

* 2 children max per paying adult

Buy Advance Tickets

Model World LIVE – Disabled Visitor Policy

The Model World LIVE 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 Model World LIVE 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

BY ROAD: The National Exhibition Centre is signposted from all motorways and major routes including the M42, M40 and M6 - just pop B40 1NT in your sat nav to get to the NEC Site. Once on site please stop using your Sat Nav and follow the digital screens to direct you to the car park. Hall 17 is located in walking distance of the event car park - follow the sign posts to reach the venue. The postcode will not take you to the car park for your event, so please ignore your Sat Nav and follow signage instead. 

Parking is available on site managed by the NEC. Parking costs £17.95 per day when paid for on the day. Pay for your parking in advance for Model World LIVE and save £5. Advance parking can be bought here.

BY RAIL: The National Exhibition Centre is connected directly to the main line railway network at Birmingham International station. Direct services run all day through the station with connecting trains available from Birmingham New Street for those travelling from further afield. New Street station is less than 15-minutes by rail and the location of Model World LIVE will be signposted through the venue to get you to the right hall.For more information, visit National Rail or call them on 08457 484950.

BY AIR: The National Exhibition Centre is located adjacent to Birmingham International Airport with regular flights arriving from across Europe and beyond. On arrival use the fast and free air-rail link to reach Birmingham International station from the upper level of Terminal 1 and you can then follow the signs to walk to Hall 17. The train runs every two minutes and only takes 90 seconds.


National Exhibition Catering Outlets.

Indoor catering will be available inside Hall 17 during the event. Opening times to be confirmed.

Exhibitor Information

Risk Assessment Form for Exhibitors and Traders - coming soon.

Event Rules & Regulations - coming soon.

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

Matt Sinclair

Tel: 01780 755131