Next major model engineering event in the UK is the Midlands Exhibition organized by Meridienne. This is the 34th year of this highly regarded and successful exhibition, one of the biggest modelling exhibitions today attracting more than 11,000 visitors each year.  With two exhibition halls filled with nearly 1000 models, demonstrations, displays and more than 40 leading specialist suppliers in attendance this event brings together everything the model engineer could want in a single exhibition.  A free lecture programme covering a range of topics will feature both popular returning presenters and new faces, and will run throughout the five-day exhibition.

More than 40 clubs and societies will be showcasing members’ work this year.  This will range from small stationary and IC engines, workshop equipment, right through to large locomotives and steam road vehicles.

Displays and demonstrations include John Campbell and Neil Ramsay’s Narrow Gauge Railways of Ireland in 15mm Scale. The enthusiasts have joined together to produce a superb display of steam locomotives, coaches and railcars; all models are made from scratch often requiring significant research to enable accurate building.

The Great Western Society are currently recreating Churchward’s final masterpiece by constructing a full size replica of the GWR47xx Class 2-8-0 locomotive.  Their display at the exhibition will enable visitors to come and see for themselves how the skills and techniques of the model engineer are largely directly transferable to full size.

A number of celebrations will be marked at this year’s exhibition:

Talyllyn Railway:  2011 marks the 60th anniversary of the first passenger train to be run by volunteers anywhere in the world and to mark the occasion the original valve gear of No. 1 will be on display.

Swindon Model Boat & Engineering Club: 80th Anniversary – the club will be displaying engineering and working engines and boats in their demonstration area.

Spitfire: 75th Anniversary of the maiden flight – display of 3 superb quarter scale Spitfires courtesy of Flying Legends.

Sweet Pea: 30 years – a display of Sweet Pea and its variants.

Modellers will again have the opportunity to enter their work into the annual competition.  Entry is free and there are 32 classes divided into 2 sections. Competition and Display classes include: locomotives, rolling stock, stationary and I/C engines. Judging will take place on the first day of the show and the awards ceremony will take place on the final day.  Models still under construction can also take part in the display classes.

Advance tickets are available until 5th October.

Call 01926 614101 or book online at  www.midlandsmodelengineering.co.uk.

A lecture timetable, full list of exhibitors and competition details can also be found at this link along with times of a shuttle bus service that will be running from Leamington Spa station to the venue.

Dates: Friday 14th – Tuesday 18th October 2011

Venue: Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Nr Leamington Spa On the Junction of the A425/B4455  (SAT NAV CV31 1XN)

Opening Times: 10am – 5pm daily.  Closes at 4pm on the final day.

Admission Prices:   Discounted ticketsFull Price tickets


Senior Citizen£7.50£8.50

Child (5-14 inclusive)£4.50£5.50

Family 1£13.00£15.00

(1 adult & up to 3 children)

Family 2£21.50£24.50

(2 adults & up to 3 children)