Model Railways Plus & Bus running Sunday 4th & 5th August 2018


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 5th and Sunday August 6th 2017. Please note that the bus event will be Sunday 6th 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)

OPEN 10am – 5pm each day. Adults £6.00 Children under 16 £2.00 – Under 5 years go FREE. No concessions. FREE CAR PARKING

Layouts featured in this year’s Model Railways plus event

Eldon’s Sidings – 7mm finescale layout, standard gauge + 3′ 9” gauge, modelled in the Edwardian Period. Featured

in Railway Modeller April 2007
Shillingstone Light Railway – 7mm scale narrow gauge layout, modelled in the 1960’s period.

Happisburgh Goods – 7mm (O gauge) finescale, depicting an ex-Great Eastern goods yard in the British Railways era of the 1950’s – early 1960’s.

Broke Brick Mountain -G scale. A mining/logging town in the American mid-west – back again by popular demand. Cuttinglye Wharf – scale/gauge 0-16.5, set in the 1930’s with all buildings built from scratch.

Southeastern Tar Distillers – scale/gauge 0-16.5 narrow gauge. A small tar distillery served by a 2′ 3” narrow gauge railway.

The Glyn Valley Tramway 009. (00,4mm narrow gauge) A compressed model of Glynceiriog Station.

Sand Point 009. A small narrow gauge terminus somewhere on the South West coast.

Priory Lane 16mm scale – featuring live steam along with battery-powered diesels.

Spirit of Welshpool 009 gauge. Recreates the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway through the town of Welshpool. Lakeside. Depicts a tourist line in Southern California in the late 1950’s.

London SW 999 N gauge. A typical street set somewhere in South-West London.

Lower Shalford 7mm/ft standard gauge. A fictitious Southern Railway terminus in the Guildford, Surrey, area.

Maxwell N gauge. Featuring steam to early diesels during operation, including specials such as the Royal Train and engineering coaches.

Frimley North – a new layout presented by a Tinkers Park volunteer.
Lookout Mountain N gauge American. A fictitious rail road set in the coal district of the Appalachian Mountains.

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

Trumper’s Halt – garden rail style layout.
Scale Model Buildings – demo by Michael Tucker.
In the marquee –

Brighton Corporation Bus memorabilia display

Brighton 53 Tram Society display

Download bus timetables for Saturday and Sunday



Sunday Only Bus Rally Organised by

OPEN 10am – 4.30pm Sunday. Adults £6.00 Children under 16 £2.00 – Under 5 years go FREE. No concessions. FREE CAR PARKING. Bus service to and from the site.

2017 Vehicle Entries 

(last update: 22/06/17)

PCD 80R – Southdown – 1976 Leyland National

YCD 75T – Southdown – 1978 Leyland National

KUF 199F – Southdown – 1968 Leyland Leopard

TPN 103S – Southdown – 1977 Bristol VRT

UWV 617S – Southdown- 1978 Bristol VRT (Open Top)

AAP 651T – Southdown – 1978 Bristol VRT

401 DCD – Southdown – 1964 Leyland PD3 (Open Top)

23 ACD – Brighton Corporation – 1962 Leyland PD2 

JK 8418 – Eastbourne Corporation – 1939 Leyland Lion LT9

BJK 672D – Eastbourne Corporation – 1966 Leyland Titan PD2A 

MLL 952 – London Transport – 1952 AEC Regal 4

MXX 484  – London Transport – 1953 AEC Regal 4

MXX 10 – London Transport – 1953 AEC Regal 4

KYY 653 – London Transport – 1950 AEC Regent 3

MXX 362 – London Transport – 1952 Guy Special

CAP 229 – Brighton, Hove & District – 1940 Bristol KSG (Open Top)

NKT 875 – Maidstone & District – 1951 Leyland PD2

AKM 425K – Maidstone & District – 1971 Leyland Leopard

WKO 138S – Maidstone & District – 1978 Bristol VRT

P238 MKN – Maidstone & District – 1997 Dennis Dart

RVB 977S – East Kent – 1977 Bristol VRT (Open Top)

OTA 640G – Royal Blue – 1969 Bristol RELH6G Coach

C658 KVW – Fords Coaches – 1985 Bedford YNV Coach

J501 GCD – Stagecoach South – 1991 Dennis Dart

N389 LPN Stagecoach East Kent- 1996 Volvo Olympian
From  Big Bus-London – 3 vehicles will be attending

1 x Enviro 400 ex LT buses converted to open top

1 x Volvo – off the shelf conversions

1 x Ankai – first Chinese buses into UK 


T1:  Southdown Leyland National from Crowborough

T2:   Howard Butler from Northampton

T3:  Southdown Enthusiasts Club from Brighton


A Display of memorabilia and photographs on Brighton Corporation –

trams, trolley buses and buses by Geoff Smith