RAILEX 2024    Model Railway Exhibition


Venue & Location

For those who have not visited Railex before, the whole exhibition is staged in the modern and fully disabled accessible Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Please note that the Stadium is not connected in any way with the adjacent hospital and therefore cannot be accessed via the hospital. All exhibits are located this year in the bowls hall which is adjacent to the sports centre

Height of Layouts

Although Stoke Mandeville Stadium has been designed as a fully accessible venue, primarily for the use of disabled sports persons; the height of each layout varies and is dependent on the builder. Consequently some layouts may not be at an optimum viewing height for those in wheelchairs or mobility scooters, or for young children.
We think the following two solutions that we've recently seen in use at exhibitions might be helpful to some visitors: a Periscope, or Small Step-Up, for children to stand on, both of which are available from Stand 1 the Railex Info Point (these items must be supervised by the accompanying parent/adult at all times).


The Stadium has lockers that may be used to store rucksacks, coats, motor bike helmets, etc., to save them being carried around the exhibition. These are located along the changing room corridor and require a £1 coin deposit, which is refunded after use.


The following entry tickets will be available:

Adult £11 - those over 18 years of age.

Child/Concession £5 - available to children under 18 years of age, students in full time education (on production of student card), unemployed (those receiving state unemployment benefit, on production of evidence), disabled person (plus one accompanying carer admitted free). Children under 5 are admitted free. On Sunday only, up to two children under 18 years of age will be admitted free when accompanied by an Adult.

Show Programme £1

Advance Tickets

Advance tickets will not be available this year.

On the Day Tickets

Tickets can be purchased on the day at the Railex ticket desk, from up to 30 minutes before the exhibition opening time. Both the café and seated viewing gallery, in the main hall, will be available for visitors who wish to relax prior to the exhibition opening.


Refreshments and hot meals will be available throughout most of the day from the café in the Stadium foyer.

Directions to the Exhibition

Stoke Mandeville Stadium is located just one and a half miles from Aylesbury town centre and situated directly behind Stoke Mandeville Hospital (both the hospital and stadium are within the town of Aylesbury).

We have a vintage bus running from the railway station in Aylesbury to the venue. The timetable can be viewed here.

taxis are available to hire from the station forecourt.

Car Parking

Limited Free parking for Railex visitors is available at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in marked bays. We would like recommend that visitors may like to use the town centre car parks and use the free and excellently restored Routemaster bus from Aylesbury railway station carpark to the bus stop near the Elm Farm Shops that runs every hour. The shops are on the opposite side of the railway line to the stadium. It's a short 5 minute walk going under the railway on a pedestrian only path.

We recommend the long stay Friarscroft (342 places) car park close to the station which is £3.10 for all day on Saturday and £1.60 for all day on Sunday. Details on all town centre car parks can be found here. The roads around the stadium car parks are residential and although have no parking restrictions should you park there we would like to keep our neighbours happy so please abide with all road parking regulations, park safely and keep all access areas and driveways clear.

Stoke Mandeville Hospital car parks that are located close to Railex are chargeable but at the weekends generally tend to be quiet. Charges are: 30 mins to 2 hours: £3.50, 2 to 3 hours: £5.00, 3 to 4 hours: £6.50 and over 4 hours: £9.00. See their website for full details. Access from the hospital is next to the Cancer Care and Haematology Unit, just follow the road from the pay & display carparks.

If you are coming by car, you could set your satnav to the William Harding School, HP21 9TJ, which is in an estate on the other side of the railway line, a short 5 minute walk from the stadium. There are few restrictions for parking in the estate, but please bear in mind that this is a residential area and park sensibly, not blocking any access. This map shows a path from the estate along a walking and cycle path which goes under the railway line and into the stadium grounds. The red line shows the route.

Directions to Stadium Car Park


Follow the road signs to Aylesbury and then the Hospital (these are clearly marked from all major routes). Turn off the B4443 Aylesbury to Stoke Mandeville road into Stadium Approach, at the Churchill Avenue roundabout, and proceed to the stadium entrance. If using the stadium car park, please abide the rules and do not park in the disabled parking bays unless you are entitled to.

By Train

The area is served by a fast, frequent Chiltern Railways service to and from London Marylebone. If travelling from the south alight at Aylesbury (not Stoke Mandeville) and then proceed by free vintage bus in the station carpark, which will leave for the bus stop near Elm Farm Shops. If travelling from the north Birmingham Snow Hill or Banbury change at Princes Risborough or catch a 280 bus from Haddenham station to Aylesbury Bus Station. Taxis are available from the station forecourt to the stadium a single fare should be around £3-£4, although buses run from the adjacent bus station.

We have a vintage bus running from the railway station in Aylesbury to the venue. The timetable can be viewed here.

By Bus from Aylesbury Bus Station/Town Centre

Buses from Aylesbury bus station on many frequent bus routes, details below.

Route X9/X90 (Saturday & Sunday) Aylesbury Bus Station

Click Here for X9/X90 Bus Route and Timetable. Saturday departs Aylesbury bus station at 09.00, 09:20, 09:40, on the hour then 20, 40 minutes past each hour until 17:00 and arrives at the Stadium Approach road stop from where you can walk along Stadium Approach past the houses to the stadium. Alternatively, if you miss that, get off at the hospital main entrance from where you can walk through the hospital to the stadium. Sunday service is hourly with the service departing Aylesbury bus station at 10 minutes past each hour. Return service leaves at 53 minutes past the hour.

Route 130 Red Line bus from Aylesbury Bus Station (Saturdays only)

Click Here for 130 Bus Timetable. This service is similar to the X9 service (see above) and also stops at the hospital main entrance. Buses leave the bus station every 20 mins on Saturday at 9:17, 9:37 and 9:57. Sunday is hourly at 9:07, 10:07 etc


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