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’ exhibition layout is a demonstration unit. As well as attracting viewers to watch the computer control the trains on the layout, visitors are encouraged to interact with the exhibitors by watching the short presentation and joining in with the Q & A sessions held thereafter. To facilitate this we usually have 10-12 chairs set out at the front of the layout, (allowing others to stand behind). The presentation lasts approx. 10 mins followed by questions. The format is usually repeated every hour (but this is negotiable with each show manager).

There is no scenery; the focus is on the wiring and electronic components necessary for computer control. Our rolling stock is loosely based on North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Normally seven or more trains are operated at the same time.

Number of Operators: 2

Accommodation Required: 1 x Twin bedded room

Transport: 1 Transit (or equivalent) Hire Van + Fuel

Demonstration layout has the following dimensions:

Actual Layout: Length: 165” (4.1m), Depth: 44” (1.1m), Height: 79” (2m)

Ideal Footprint: Length: 236” (6m), Depth: 120” (3m), Height: 79” (2m)

Scale: 4mm:1ft, British OO gauge, 1:76

Electrics: 2 x 13 Amp Sockets

Power: 15 Amp Max

Safety: PAT Tested, RCDs Included

Other requirements: 10-12 Chairs allowing visitors to sit in front of the layout

Total Value for Insurance Purposes: £12,000 (no single item valued over £1000)