'Another day in Paradise . . .'


Railway Modeller

See what a weekend is like.


SHOWS in 2016

We will have a stand at several shows in 2016, so please come and see us, have a chat and ask your questions.

16-17th January
St Albans Model Railway Exhibition
16-17th April
Scalefour North, Wakefield
28-29th May
Railex, Aylesbury
6-7th August
24-25th September
Scaleforum, Aylesbury

FIRST TIME STUDENTS can get a £25 discount on Friday – Sunday courses. Please quote MA25 when you book.
Booking for the Summer Retreat - only 5 places left (max 30). All bedrooms at the Abbey have now been booked. B&B list available here. (27.3.2016)
Booking for the Autumn Weekend is expected to open in May.
Please note the change of date for the Autumn Weekend.
New date for Spring 2017 to be confirmed

Please see the Booking page for details.

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

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 7th - Fri 12th August 2016

Autumn Weekend :
Fri 30th Sept - Sun 2nd October 2016
Spring Weekend :
Fri 3rd - Sun 5th March 2017
to be coinfirmed

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.