The Festival of Model Tramways is the premier national event for the model tram enthusiast.
The 2018 Festival will be held on 21st & 22nd April at the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester, Boyle Street, Cheetham, Manchester, M8 8UW.
The admission charges will be Adult £7.50, Concessions £6.50.
Opening times are 10am to 5pm.
Now in its thirtieth year, this national exhibition features the highest quality model tramway layouts and displays. There are sales stands to supply the modeller with all the necessary materials, kits, drawings, photographs, books etc., for model tram building. There is a competition, with a trophy given for the best model tram of the show (no competition entry fee, just bring along your models).
In previous years the exhibition has alternated between the Kew Bridge Steam Museum and venues further north such as the National Tramway Museum at Crich in Derbyshire, the Birmingham and Midland Museum of Transport at Wythall and the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester, now our regular northern venue. The 1998 Festival, held in Fleetwood, was one of the events held to celebrate the centenary of the Blackpool and Fleetwood Tramroad. In 2013 we moved to the prestigious Fairfield Halls, Croydon (1:16 London model by Terry Russell shown in Croydon - left) but as this closed for renovation in 2017 we returned to the Kew Bridge Steam Museum, now known as the London Museum of Water & Steam.
For 2018 we are back in Manchester (1:16 Stockport model by Greg Marsden shown in Manchester - right).
The museum is close to Manchester Fort Shopping Park. There will be a free heritage bus service between Manchester Victoria (bus stop NU) and the Festival. The buses will also serve the museum tramway at Heaton Park, which will be in operation throughout the show weekend. The nearest Metrolink stop to the Festival is Queens Road, but it is an uphill walk to the museum, so the free bus from Victoria may be preferred.
Click here for List of Exhibitors at the Festival.
Get a free downloadable high quality A4 size poster for the show in PDF format.
Get a free downloadable Exhibition Guide for the show in PDF format.
A free shuttle service will operate between Manchester Victoria and the Museum of Transport, every 20 minutes throughout the event, using heritage buses:
From Bus Stop NU outside New Century Hall on Corporation Street at its junction with Miller Street, approximately 200 yards from Victoria Station.
0950, 1010, 1030 and every 20 minutes until 1630
From the Museum of Transport
1003, 1023, 1043 and every 20 minutes until 1643
Times from Museum to Heaton Park are 1130 and every 30 minutes until 1630.
Times from Heaton Park to Museum are 1150 and every 30 minutes until 1650.
The latest news of the Festival of Model Tramways will appear on this page as soon as it becomes available.
There are also a number of films of the Festival on our Videos page.
Contact the Festival Manager, John Prentice
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