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News: Final Line-Up Revealed!

Published 14 September 2017, 11:26

The 2017 Great Electric Train Show opens its doors on October 7 and is set to feature more than 60 stands this year.

The final line-up has been confirmed with 28 layouts, more than 30 traders and seven demonstrations making up the 63-stand exhibition. The event is held at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire, and doors open at 10am each day on October 7/8.

For the fifth annual event, one of the largest ‘P4’ exhibition layouts has been lined up with the addition of Barrowmore Model Railway Group’s stunning North Wales Coast model Mostyn. This giant of the exhibition circuit hosts more than 620 items of rolling stock – amongst the largest finescale collections on the exhibition circuit – and models the year 1977 when BR corporate blue and grey ruled the railway scene.

In addition to the layout, the Mostyn team will be providing a series of demonstrations covering rolling stock maintenance, Digital Command Control and model construction together with viewing space to see the layout’s giant double storage yards behind the superbly detailed scenic vista. Visual presentations and videos will also feature on the Mostyn stand making this a not to be missed component of the show.

At the opposite end of the size scale, Graham Gatehouse is returning to the Great Electric Train Show with a trio of micro layouts ranging in size from his tiny 7mm narrow gauge ‘Lunch Box’ layout through to Mini Inglenook and a Shunting Puzzle in ‘OO’ for visitors to the show to get involved with.

Further new announcements for the show are Dave Smith’s Brighton East modelling the Southern in the 1990s, Bradford City Road modelling a Midland Region terminus exhibited by David Harris, Appleton Junction covering BR’s Midland and Eastern Regions from the Grimsby Town Modellers Group and David Lyon’s popular Minic Motorways display, all in ‘OO’ gauge. The final ‘N’ gauge layout to be revealed for the show is Jon Dean’s Deansmoor which offers a multi-level scene with a wide range of modern rolling stock in operation.

These 10 new layouts join the previously announced list of 18 which include Hornby Magazine’s Twelve Trees Junction in its new format, Barry Platt’s Ashdan Junction (HM121), Abingdon and District MRC’s Leicester (Belgrave Road) (HM121), Redditch MRC’s Chilcompton (HM8), Dave Westwood’s Elmfield (HM122), Peter Griffith’s Gold Lane, Barnhill MRC’s Kingsbury (HM114) and more.

Trade stands include a welcome return for Hornby Hobbies which will be taking residence on the Galleries as well as Gaugemaster, Cheltenham Model Centre, Grimy Times, Digitrains, ADM Turntables, Eileen’s Emporium and DC Kits. New to the show for 2017 are Albion Alloys, KS Laser Designs and C&L Finescale.

Demonstrators confirmed are Alan Buttler from ModelU with his popular 3D laser scanning stand, Mick Bonwick for weathering, David Wright for building construction and the 82G Loco Clinic for rolling stock.

Add to this full access to the British Motor Museum’s outstanding collection of British automotive exhibits, on-site refreshments, free parking, disabled access and a free show programme for visitors and the Great Electric Train Show is not to be missed. A free shuttle bus service will be operating on the Saturday only from Leamington Spa railway station to the British Motor Museum – see Visitor section for the full timetable.

Discount advance tickets, offering early entry to the show at 0930 each day, remain on sale (£9 for adults and £7 for children) until September 29 with on the door prices set at £12 for adults and £9 for children (under 5s enter for free). A family ticket is available on the day for £34.

Click the Visitors tab at the top of the page for more information or call 01780 480404 for advance ticket sales.

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