THE Christmas Model Railway Show – Manchester 2021!

Updated 23 September 2021


With very great regret, the decision has been taken to cancel this year’s exhibition.

This decision was not taken lightly and all possible avenues were explored (including postponing the exhibition by four months) to offer a safe environment for our visitors, exhibitors, traders and members, whilst still ensuring that the considerable expense of staging the show was covered. 

As the only model railway society to stage an exhibition in the centre of a major UK city, we are very dependent on public transport, with over 70% of our visitors arriving by train, tram and bus.  At present, public confidence in using these modes of transport is greatly reduced.

The continuing uncertainty about how covid infection rates will change during the autumn means that the Society cannot guarantee that their visitor income will be enough to cover the large cost of staging the exhibition.

However, despite this disappointment, plans are already in place for our next four exhibitions, leading to our centenary exhibition in 2025.

The 83rd public exhibition of the Manchester Model Railway Society will now take place over the weekend of December 10th/11th 2022 at our new, spacious venue in central Manchester – the Sugden Centre, M1 7HL.

Provisional planning is well under way, and we expect to welcome approximately 30 layouts and a wider range of traders than was possible at our previous venue.  As always, the layouts will be in a wide variety of scales and will feature prototypes from several countries and a wide range of time periods. Most of the layouts will have been featured in the modelling press.

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We have been holding our Christmas Exhibition since the 1930s. Visit this page to see what was on show in 2019 and in previous years.