Exeter Garden Railway Show

Each October, the Group organises and hosts the Exeter Garden Railway Show. Started in 2002 and run initially as a local show by the old South West Group of 16mm modellers it has been an annual event ever since. It is now regarded as one of the premier garden railway shows in the country and regularly attracts visitors not only from the South West of England but also from much further afield.
It is currently held at the Matford Centre in Exeter and its aims are to showcase all the popular scales and gauges that can be run successfully in the garden. We normally have 16mm narrow gauge on 32mm & 45mm tracks and G Scale on 45mm, whilst the standard gauges include "O", "1" and "3". Propulsion is live steam, battery power, track powered electric and clockwork.
The history of garden railways is important to us and is represented by vintage gauge "O" and "1" tinplate and "heritage" 16mm live steam.
No show would be complete without traders and we are fortunate to to be able to offer visitors a huge selection all under one roof. Virtually everything you could wish for, from a large steam locomotive to the smallest spare part, from buildings to adhesives, can be found somewhere. For more details of the show visit the website www.exetergardenrailwayshow.com

Last year's show was held be on Saturday, 28th October 2023 but don't worry if you missed it as planning is underway for this year so please make a note in your diaries for :

Saturday 26th October 2024

10.30 am - 4.30 pm

The Matford Centre
Matford Park Road
Marsh Barton Ind Estate
Exeter EX2 8FD
(Free parking next to Park & Ride)


Each year we donate a proportion of the show proceeds to our selected charity, The Devon Air Ambulance Trust and so far we have donated around £19750. For more details of the valuable life saving work they do please click on the link below:

Devon Air Ambulance Operations Director Nigel Hare with Graham Wilkins and Keith Vincer from the SDGRG at the DAA open day in October 2015