World of Railways Virtual Exhibition


Back by popular demand, we’re delighted to announce that the next instalment of our #BigWORshow event will take place this winter, across the weekend of December 4-5, 2021.

Now well established, the World of Railways Virtual Exhibition is hugely popular, drawing more visitors than any model railway show in the UK, and this event is set to be our most entertaining yet!

Popular features that made the previous show a success will remain, including our live feed, which will be populated with new content at least every 10 minutes!

There’ll be competitions galore across the two days, practical demonstrations from well-respected modellers, interviews with some of the biggest names in the hobby, and much more.

We’re really excited to welcome everyone to our official opening on Saturday, December 4 at 09:30 GMT for two days of fantastic model railway entertainment and exciting challenges – don't forget to tell your friends.


The World of Railways team is currently busy filming some fantastic new content to showcase across the weekend, and interviewing some of the biggest names in the hobby. Look out for our competitions across the two days, top advice from expert modellers and exclusive announcements, too.

However, the lifeblood of any model railway show is its layouts and this year we will share more than 20, beautifully created by talented modellers. The exhibits will feature N, OO, EM, O, 3MM, and more, with something for all tastes – don’t miss them! At present, our selection includes*:

  • Blueball Summit - N
  • Hartley Poole Too – N
  • Knot Littlefield – N
  • St. Ruth – 2FS
  • Modbury Torr – 3MM
  • Alderford – OO
  • Burnden Park – OO
  • Edge Hey & Strines Railway - OO
  • Kepier Colliery - OO
  • Keyhaven - OO
  • Madder Valley - OO
  • Peterborough North – OO
  • Port Eden - OO
  • Waterman's WCML - OO
  • Whithorn – OO
  • Woodside – OO
  • Black Country Blues – EM
  • Diesels in the Duchy – EM
  • Little Burton – EM
  • Retford – EM
  • Heaton Lodge Junction – O
  • Great Train Robbery – O
  • Harlyn Pier – O
  • Wuppertal - HO

*Layout list may be subject to change


We’ve really pushed the boat out this year, with a range of new features, including guest modelling panels answering your questions, and a Christmas shopping segment you’ll not want to miss. But don’t worry, we’ve not changed too much. Fan favourites remain, including the hugely popular Kids Zone, competitions, puzzles, exclusive interviews and more. 

Exclusive content on offer over the two days, includes interviews with Pete Waterman, Jenny Kirk, Simon Kohler and more, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the 121 Collection, a trip to the Severn Valley Railway, and a visit to the Crewe Heritage Centre, to name a few. 

We’ve also been busy interviewing some of the key people who drive our hobby, from manufacturers to retailers – make sure you tune in next weekend as there may be a surprise or two!

A #BigWORshow wouldn’t be complete without its competitions! There’s something for all the family across the weekend, from ‘spot the difference’, puzzle games and colouring for younger viewers, with a fabulous selection of prizes to win for adults, from a Hornby Queen Elizabeth and limited edition Merchant Navy, to an Oxford Rail modern air-braked Warwell and Bachmann BR Mk. 1 coaches.

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Following the success of our first, second and third  #BigWORshow event, which drew more than 100,000 visitors to our website over each weekend – more than at any model railway show in the UK – and with such fantastic feedback, we’ve proved the concept of a virtual exhibition works.

This time around, we intend to introduce new features to make the user experience even better. We’re also planning the content to be even bigger and better than before.

We’re really excited to welcome everyone to our official opening on Saturday, December 4 at 09:30 GMT for two days of fantastic model railway entertainment and exciting challenges. Don't miss it – we'll see you there, virtually, of course!