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)

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

Adults £7.00 Children under 16 £2.00. No concessions. FREE CAR PARKING

Layouts featured in 2018 Model Railways plus event

Layouts featured in this year’s Model Railways plus event

Over the Top – 1/35 scale layout, 60cm WDLR.  Represents the final stages of World War I along the western front and incorporates many features of trench warfare.

Newchapel Junction – finescale 0 gauge

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

Duffield Lane Pit – 0-16.5 narrow gauge.  Depicts a  run-down chalk quarry complete with loading facility due for demolition.

Bohemia to Albion Road – 00 gauge diesel layout, somewhere in West London.  Line period is 1965 to 1972 allowing last of steam to blue diesels.

Langney Halt – 0 gauge DCC layout.  A fictitious heritage station serving a small community somewhere near the coast.

Broke Brick Mountain -G scale. A mining/logging town in the American mid-west – back again by popular demand.

Itchen End Goods Depot – O gauge

Knuddelstein – N gauge DCC layout, built in the Austrian/German style during the 1920-1960 era, featuring a powered Catenary.

Little Tesleigh – OO gauge GWR branch line with working quarry, watermill and level crossing.

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

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

Scale Model Buildings – demo by Michael Tucker.

Llandecwyn – 009 gauge with an emphasis on scenic realism and an attempt to capture the essence of North WaleS.

Tansey Bank – 009 gauge, representing the main terminal station and engine shed on a preserved ex-industrial railway somewhere around Warwickshire in the early 1960’s.

Hobbs Row Halt – 009 gauge, classic English country micro layout

Katharine Street Station – 00 gauge, loosely based on Central Croydon Station.

Southbridge – N gauge, fictitious GWR double track country station with branch line.

Whitmoor – N gauge, depicting double main through the station including goods yard and loco depot.

Ashdown Junction – 00 gauge layout, including wharf and steam shed.

Peterstown – 0 scale tramway layout representing a typical British town tram system.

Newbery Road – N gauge, designed to operate late BR steam to modern day.

Download bus timetables for Saturday and Sunday

Download BusTimetableRailwaysPlus2017 PDF


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.

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