Welcome to the 2022 National Garden Railway Show presented by the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers. The Show has always been a celebration of what’s fascinating and unique about modelling outside, and with a mix of traders, exhibitors and layouts. This year is no exception!

We’re pretty much back to the format we’ve successfully employed in the past at many shows at this marvellous venue, with a few changes which we think you’ll appreciate us retaining from our 2021 show, when Covid-19 was still very much in the forefront of so many people’s minds.

We’ve retained a mix of catering outlets inside and outside the building. No-one can guarantee the weather, even in late June, but hopefully this provides the option of eating outside. We’re offering those who buy their entry tickets on-line in advance the opportunity to enter the show half an hour earlier than in the past, from 09:30.

You’ll enter the Atrium from one of three large doors and will be able to move on into the Main Hall straight away, so there will be no repetition of the crowding in the Atrium at pre-Covid shows. Being June, we anticipate being able to keep more doors fully open to promote good air circulation in what is already a large, high-ceilinged space. We want you to enjoy the show and at the same time to feel safe.

We have assembled over a dozen layouts representing the different scales and gauges that are typically found outdoors. Almost all of the hobby’s active traders will be present, including some completely new to the show, along with most of the narrow-gauge railway societies. The local model engineering society is also staging a display this year, another first for our show. All of the usual features are there, including Member to Member Sales in the Cambridge Suite and Model of the Year in the Atrium.

Whether you are visiting for the first time or have been many times in the past, a good place to start is the site layout plan in the centre spread of this guide. We’ve also provided, on page 19, a place to capture notes or what stands you particularly want to visit, so you can use this guide to plan your day.

I look forward to seeing you on the day!

Alan Regan
Acting Show Director