What can I expect?

Among the largest model train shows in New Zealand. There are 20+ layouts of sizes, type and dreams as well as supporting exhibitors.

Adults and children alike are attracted to the layout displays for their movement, animation and life-like presentation, or just because the hobby is fun.

You can enjoy see train related displays from local train clubs long with traders and hobby retail suppliers to tempt you, or provide product to get you started or add on to what you already have.


Something for all to look, touch and engage with

Regardless of your age, the show offers something for everyone. The modellers take a lot of care to add interesting little details that wait for your discovery.

It's easy to spend several to many hours viewing the layouts and exhibits. Take your time to look at and watch a layout fully. Many include sequences that trigger events from time to time.

The exhibitors are keen to show off their hobby and welcome the opportunity to chat about their layouts and displays.


Have a go

There are a few layouts that are set up for younger hands to operate. The hands on approach can bring a hobby to life. It encourages play, logical thinking, fun, creativity and transferable skills be it technical or interpersonal. Those with a engineering life view particularly find the hobby fullfilling.



Competitions encourage modeling excellence and involvement. Come and see what people have achieved within limitations set for the competition and celebrate with the winners. A highlight is seeing what children create and the realism created by various modellers applying a wide range of skills.


Held at Cowles Stadium. 170 Pages Rd, Wainoni, Christchurch. The indoor stadium provides lots of room for displays, layouts. It enables people to move about comfortability. There is plenty of on-site parking. Food and Coffee stalls are part of the event.



  • Adults $15
  • Child $5 (15 and under)
  • Family Pass* $25

*Two Adults and Two Children

Eftpos Available (no credit card)

Open Hours

  • Saturday: 9:30am - 5pm
  • Sunday: 9:30am - 5pm


From time to time the organising committee write a newsletter. Please download to read.


Application Forms

The committee welcomes applications from individuals or groups that would like to present their model layout etc... at the show, please download, fill out and return this form.

If you are a trader that would like a stand at the show, please download, fill out and return this form.