Notes for Exhibition Managers

We are amateur enthusiasts, members of Scarborough & District Railway Modellers ( and offer our exhibition layout for showing at your Model Railway Show.  We operate Computrains on a non-profit basis; and, as usual with club events, we only ask for expenses to cover costs.

Computrains’ current exhibition layout - Yorkshire Pennines, is a fully scenic N gauge layout, just as you'd expect to see at any exhibition.  Photos will soon be available in the gallery section or go to

Uniquely perhaps, it can also be used as a demonstration unit, showing how to add computer control to your layout.  We set the layout up on shorter legs allowing it to be seen by those seated on chairs - others can then stand behind.  As well as attracting viewers to watch the computer control the trains on the layout, visitors are encouraged to interact by watching a short presentation and joining in with the Q & A sessions held thereafter.  The presentation lasts approx. 15 mins followed by questions.  The format is usually repeated every hour (but this is negotiable with each show manager).


Number of Operators: 2

Accommodation Required: 2 x single rooms

Transport:  The layout fits in a small hire van.

Yorkshire Pennines layout has the following dimensions:

Actual Layout:  10ft x 5ft

Ideal Footprint: 18ft x 13ft allowing visitors to walk round.  However, it can be set up close to a wall or at the end of a row of stands, allowing visitors to see the rear of the layout.

Scale: 2mm:1ft, British N gauge, 1:148

Electrics: 1 x 13 Amp Socket, within 2 metres of the layout.

One table and a chair would be appreciated.

Power: 5 Amp Max

Safety:  RCDs Included

Total Value for Insurance Purposes: £23,000 (2 single items valued at £1300, everything else below £1000). Full list available on request.

If being used as a demonstration unit, we also need 8-10 chairs, allowing visitors to sit in front of the layout. Others can then stand behind and still see clearly.