Model Railways Plus & Bus running Sunday 1st & 2nd August 2020


Our annual model railway exhibition and narrow gauge railway gala is an extremely popular event for children and adults alike. We always aim for that little bit extra, with traction engine trailer rides, music in the Organ Museum and a bus “special” on the Sunday the event really has earned the “plus” in the title!

Model Railways plus will take place on Saturday August 3rd and Sunday August 4th 2019. Please note that the bus event will be Sunday 4th only. As usual a free connecting bus service will be available on both days.

There is a good selection of hot or cold food for sale on site or you can bring a picnic, the car parking field has plenty of space to find a quiet spot. Well behaved dogs are welcome, but are not allowed in the organ museum. Ground is uneven in places, please wear sensible shoes. The site has reasonable disabled access, but rides do not. If you have been before, we look forward to seeing you again this year. If not, we hope you will enjoy your visit.

Tinkers Park is situated on the A272 to the east of Hadlow Down village in East Sussex.

• The Great Bush narrow gauge railway • Model railway exhibitions in three halls • Steam & diesel hauled passenger trains • Miniature passenger carrying railways • Demonstration goods trains • Traction engine trailer rides • Light refreshments • The Shepherds Rest, real ale hut • Enthusiasts sale stands • Classic cars • Organ museum • Free bus service • Bus Rally (Sunday)

Model Railways Plus is OPEN 10am – 5pm each day.
Bus Running Sunday Closes at 4.30pm 2019


Layouts featured in this year’s Model Railways plus event 2019

The Brick – finescale 00 gauge

The Bricklayers Arms, SE London featuring industrial scenery.

Ashington – 00 scale 26.5mm gauge

A typical small Southern Region stabling shed.

Newchapel Junction & branch line – finescale 0 gauge

This layout represents the post-grouping period, based somewhere in the Yeovil area.Creates the impression of a busy railway in its heyday.

Aldingbourne Central – 00 scale 16.5mm gauge.Have-a-go fun for young and old!

Trenance Downs – 4mm/00

A branch line community somewhere in Cornish territory. The model represents a small country station on a branch-line set in varying periods from BR Blue through to the current day.

Dufftown & Craigellachie Brickworks – 00-9

Fictional narrow gauge whisky railway with adjacent brickworks.

Parracombe & Lyn Valley – 4mm scale 009 gauge

Parracombe Halt was on the 2′ gauge Lynton & Barnstaple railway which ran 19 miles across the edge of Exmoor.Modelled in the 1920s period.

Holmill – 4mm/00

Imaginary Sussex branch line terminus with an old mill.Two operating settings, firstly as a pre-nationalisation Southern Region railway and secondly as a 1960s heritage line which still retains an industrial siding and goods yard.

Murrell Park – N gauge

Four Oaks – 00 gauge

The end of an electrified branch in Sussex,served mostly by two car electric units.

Small N Working – N gauge

Light hearted displays of working N gauge trains

Silldean Model Railway Company – N gauge

Small modular layout made up of four boards.No set location and no set period.

Gasworks Basin – 00 gauge finescale

A shunting layout using small locomotives featuring a gasworks which is served from a river basin.

Set in the 1950s, not long after nationalisation of the railways.

Cato Pass – 00/H0 gauge

Science-Fiction model railway based on a Saturn moon called Enceladus


Junction of the Lapeyrouse and Néris-les-Bains lines, Puy-de-Dôme, France.Includes comprehensive display boards explaining the line’s history.

College Halt

Based on historic photos of Whitehall Halt on the Culm Valley line, with a passing loop added for operational interest.

Priorsfield – 00 gauge

Started life as a fictional terminus to fiddle yard layout representing the end of a branch somewhere south of the Severn Trent valleys.

Pity Me – N gauge

Set in the late 1960s, this layout is based on the village of Pity Me, Cumbria, where a whole range of trains pass through.

Brixham Bay – N gauge

Depicts Brixham’s railway before its closure.Involved much research of the old railway site and the buildings which were there in the 1930s and 40s.

Elsware – 009

Does not represent anywhere in particular, though it is UK based.Exhibited as a work in progresswith all track laid and basic scenery 80% completed.

Model Railways plus 2019 – Traders and other exhibitors

Lavender Line Railway

Tram 53 Group

Live steam table-top display – exhibited by Nick Kelly

Model road transport display – exhibited by Trevor Smith

Southdown Bus display from Geoff Smith’s Collection


Roneo Models

A & N Models

International Model Products (Gary Steele)

Models U Drive (Tony Richardson)

Kent Garden Railways

Wheels of Southsea – Geoff Purslove

Graham Morris

Tony Cain

Roy Allen

Pre-owned items – Sally & Chris Lawrence


Sunday Only Bus Rally Organised by

OPEN 10am – 4.30pm Sunday. Adults £7.00 Children under 16 £2.00 – Under 5 years go FREE. No concessions. FREE CAR PARKING. Bus service to and from the site.

Vehicles booked-in to attend, subject to availability on the day 

(up-dated 17/06/19)

PCD 80R – Southdown – 1976 Leyland National

273 AUF – Southdown – 1962/1963 Leyland Leopard 

UWV 617S – Southdown -1978 Bristol VR   (open top)

AAP 651T – Southdown – 1978 Bristol VR

NKT 875 – Maidstone & District – 1951 Leyland PD2/12

VKR 470 – Maidstone & District – 1956 AEC Regent V

P238 MKN – Maidstone & District – 1997 Dennis Dart 

WKO 138S – Maidstone & District – 1978 Bristol VR 

390 DKK – Maidstone & District – 1958 AEC Reliance – DP bus / coach

TKM 322 – Maidstone & District – AEC Reliance MU3RV – coach  

PFN 867 – East Kent – 1959 AEC Regent V

PFN 865 – East Kent – 1959 AEC Breakdown Lorry Conversion

WFN 513 – East Kent –  1961 AEC Reliance   Coach

RVB 977S – East Kent – 1977 Bristol VR  (open top) 

23 ACD – Brighton Corporation – 1962 Leyland PD2/37 

CAP 229 – Brighton, Hove & District – 1940 Bristol KSG   (open top) 

E701 EFG – Brighton & Hove – 1988 Scania N112 

KYY 653 – London Transport – 1950 AEC Regent 3

MXX 10 – London Transport – 1953 AEC Regal 4

MXX 463 – London Transport – 1953 AEC Regal 4

MXX 484 – London Transport – 1953 AEC Regal 4

MLL 808 – London Transport – 1952 AEC Regal 4 

VLT 8 – London Transport – 1958 AEC Routemaster 

WLT 938 – London Transport – 1961 AEC Routemaster

PNM 757M – Ouse Valley Coaches – 1974 Bedford YRQ  -Coach 

AJA 133B – North Western – 1964 Bedford VAL 14  – Coach 

L345 KCK – Stagecoach – 1994 Volvo B10M 

JTM 109V – Metrobus – 1979 AEC Reliance 

GVY 612 – Plymouth Corporation – 1953 Leyland PD2/12

PFN 853 – Big Bus Company – 1959 AEC Regent V  (open top)

xxx xxx – Big Bus Tours – 2012 Enviro 400  (open top)

xxx xxx – Stagecoach South – Enviro 300 in Service 1 Green Livery 

Bus Related Stalls

Southdown National PCD 80R stall – General bus memorabilia from East Sussex

Howard Butler – General bus memorabilia (plenty on Southdown) from Northampton 

Southdown Enthusiasts Club – Southdown and Brighton & Hove bus memorabilia from Brighton 

Keith Weblin – Bus models –  from Eastbourne 

Tim Baker – Bus greeting cards – from West Hoathly