For many Irish railway enthusiasts, a highlight of the calendar is the annual Model Railways & Hobbies Exhibition. Held in Dublin every October Bank Holiday Weekend, this decade-spanning tradition alternates between the north and south side every year, with the Model Railway Society of Ireland hosting it every second year. The 2022 event takes place in St. Paul's College Raheny and with being the first such since 2019 due to the pandemic, there's certainly a big appetite for it.
The Model Railway Society of Ireland's Model Railways & Hobbies Exhibition 2022 promises to be bigger and better than ever featuring some new exhibits that ever never been displayed at the show before. We've had a sneak peek of some of these and trust us, you're in for a treat. The layouts themselves offer plenty of variety, representing not only the railways of Ireland but overseas as well, with some extraordinary attention to detail. Other areas of transport modelling, including cars and buses, will be on display too.
Our friends in Irish Railway Models/Accurascale are sponsoring the event, and have not one but two special announcements lined up—we're quite excited to find out what they are. There will also be a plethora of stands from the best and brightest across the Irish model railway scene, so if you're looking for some hard-to-find models or books, it would be well worth attending. The Táilte team will have a stand (our first show in fact) along with some of our fellow voluntary transport organisations so it should be a great networking event for anyone interested in Irish railways, real and model.
The event is on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (29th-31st October) 11:00-17:00 each day. The venue is easily accessed from the DART or Dublin Bus services 6, H1, H2, and H3, and not far from St. Anne's Park (ideal for a post-show stroll). The Model Railway & Hobby Exhibition is a great event for all the family and at just €20 for a family ticket represents excellent value. You can find more at https://www.modelrailways.ie/events/exhibition-2022.