Hands-on Courses for Railway Modellers

Railway modellers have been honing their skills at Missenden Abbey Railway Modellers’ unique Weekends for more than 50 years. We offer hands-on, practical courses with some of the best known tutors in the hobby, covering the many and varied skills you need to build the model railway of your dreams. 

The courses

The subjects we cover with our courses is constantly evolving , below is a selection of what is available

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Attendees Comments

Course Format

We run two weekend courses a year, in Spring and Autumn. These run from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon with a range of topics running in parallel. The range of courses offered differs from weekend to weekend, a typical weekend timetable can be seen here. You sign up to a particular course but are free to visit other courses as you wish. We also offer a number of short demonstrations or talks thought out the weekend.

In the summer we run a week long Summer Retreat that is aimed at modellers who have projects that wish to pursue. The week is not run as a tutored course, however we have a few of our tutors on hand to offer advice and assistance with your project. 

Courses are either residential, on a full board basis, or you may be attend without staying at Missenden Abbey. Non-residential attendance comes  lunch and evening meals are included.


We aim to help you build a working model or develop a project that’s well on its way to completion by the time you go home – and, above all, to enjoy yourself. Though not generally suitable for the outright beginner, the courses are ideal for the modeller with basic skills or knowledge wanting to make further progress or who feel their working methods need refreshment. This is an ideal opportunity for existing modellers to enhance  their skills etc. If you want to ask about the suitability of any course please do use the contact page. We particularly welcome modellers returning to the hobby, keen to make up lost ground after years devoted to family and career.

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Missenden Abbey Railway Modellers is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers to advance railway modelling skills.