'Another day in Paradise . . .'


Railway Modeller

See what a weekend is like.


SHOWS in 2018

We will have a stand at several shows in 2018. Please come and see us, have a chat and ask your questions.

13-14th January
Chiltern Model Railway Exhibition, Stevenage
28th January
Bristol O Gauge Group Show, Filton, Bristol
14-15th April
Scalefour North, Wakefield
26-27th May
Railex, Aylesbury
11-12th August
1-2nd September
Guildex, Telford
22-23rd September
Scaleforum, Aylesbury

Booking now open. See the Booking page.

The perfect opportunity to improve your railway modelling skills with the best tutors in the hobby.

"Missenden provides not only the knowledge, but gives me the me confidence to use it!"

For more than 30 years, people have been polishing their skills at Missenden Abbey’s unique Railway Modellers’ Weekends. Hands-on, practical courses cover the key aspects of railway modelling. Working with some of the best-known tutors in the hobby, you have multiple course options – from chassis construction to electronics, scenics to kit-building, from soldering and tracklaying to airbrush painting and weathering. The formula is simple – you provide the tools and materials, we provide the expertise. Courses are residential but if you live locally, you can come in daily at a reduced fee.

Newcomers are very welcome.

We aim to help you build a working model that’s well on its way to completion by the time you go home – and, above all, to enjoy yourself. Though not suitable for the outright beginner, the courses are ideal for the modeller with basic skills wanting to make further progress or feeling their working methods need refreshment. We particularly welcome modellers returning to the hobby, keen to make up lost ground after years devoted to family and career.

Deep in the Buckinghamshire countryside, within easy reach of the M25, Missenden Abbey provides excellent food, comfortable accommodation, free broadband and real ale in the bar.  As well as expert modelling guidance you’ll enjoy 'a refreshing break from domestic interference, sponging kids, dogs that want walking, gardens that need tidying and trolleys to push round Sainsbury’s'.

Learn about DCC.

Talking trains

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Summer Retreat :
Sun 29th July - Sat 4th August 2018
Booking now open
Autumn Weekend :
Fri 19th - Sun 21st October 2018

Booking opens 24th May
Spring Weekend :
Fri 1st - Sun 3rd March 2019

Future dates:

Summer: 28.7 to 3.8 2019
Autumn: 4 to 6.10.2019
Spring: 6 to 8.3.2020
Summer: 26.7 to 1.8.2020
Autumn: 2 to 4.10.2020

W Heath Robinson

Throughout the site there are a number of cartoons taken from Railway Ribaldry, commissioned by the GWR for their cententary in 1935.

For more about W Heath Robinson, see the Heath Robinson Trust website.