SMRS Exhibition 2014


Barton Peveril College, Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5ZA (Satnav use SO50 5BX)

Opening Times:

Saturday 25th January 2014, 10.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday 26th January 2014, 10.00am to 4.30pm


Adults £7
Senior Citizens £6
Children (5-15) £3
Family (2+2) £17

Disabled access to all areas.

Hot and cold refreshments available.

View the Exhibition Poster

By Bus

From Eastleigh Station:

Bluestar Route 2 (stops outside the station) every 20 minutes on Saturday, hourly on Sunday, alight in Derby Road and enter the Barton Peveril College by the rear gate, you will have to walk round to the front of the building to enter the exhibition. (

Velvet Route A (from Eastleigh Bus Station Stand A, a few minutes’ walk from the railway station) every 30 minutes on Saturday, stops outside the front entrance to the College. (  On Sunday an infrequent service is provided by First Bus. ( look for Route A.

From Southampton Airport Parkway Station

Velvet Route A (see above)
It is a 20-30 minute walk from either station (about 1 1/4 miles)

9 thoughts on “SMRS Exhibition 2014

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  3. Brilliant show, great layouts and trade stands. Very helpful club members particularly from Southampton MRS. Looking forward to next years show already.

  4. I attended your exhibition yesterday. A fine display with lots to see and helpful trade stands. One criticism: there were periods on the larger layouts – including your own Ackthorpe – with nothing moving. It’s a common fault, but it’s one your enthusiastic members need to be reminded of.

  5. Very disappointed. On arrival at the college at about 10.30 on Saturday I noticed that there was still a very, very long queue waiting to get in. But even worse, I couldn’t find a parking space anywhere. Even all of the nearby side street spaces were full. I gave up and returned home. Obviously the venue is unsuitable for the numbers attending.

    • Derek, I am sorry you couldn’t find anywhere to park. Barton Peveril College have spent a good deal on improving their parking this year, there were substantially more parking places this year with lots of additional spaces behind the main hall and the cafeteria. There is also planned to be an additional 60+ spaces for next year. I spent nearly all the exhibition in the entrance foyer and no-one approached me to complain about this issue but you must understand that we have no control over the parking. We would dearly love to have a ‘park and ride’ but have not managed to find a solution that would work – also, sadly this would add to the ‘bottom line’ and we hate having to raise our ticket prices.
      We had people arriving at 9:02 (!) to get in… and the queue took 50 minutes to dissipate on the Saturday. We tried our best to speed this up by opening a second ticket desk to cope. SMRS is a totally volunteer organisation and the exhibition is kept solely going by the generosity of its members, its extended family members (wives & friends) and many others who give more than a weekend of their time to ensure that what is in our control, is a high quality and friendly Model Railway Exhibition.

    • I tried driving first time and ended up in the Swan Centre, now I always travel from Fareham by train. It only takes about 25 mins to walk from the town station

  6. Hi Andy, Thanks for your reply. My feedback was not intended to be a critisism of the organisation or of the dedication of the volunteers. I have volunteered for numerous activities in the past and I am all too aware of the commitment needed, without which such events could not be held. My critisism was about the suitability of the venue. Whereas the lenghty queueing was probably only a short-term problem, the lack of parking was the biggest issue. The whole of the college car parking facility was full when I arrived and a certain amount of chaos was caused by vehicles having to turn around or reverse out of difficult situations. Car parking marshals may help the situation at future events. Parking in side-streets also caused annoyance and obstructions for local residents and I witnessed one incident of a member of the public berating a driver as a result. Clearly this issue needs to be addressed. The extra spaces available next year may only scratch the surface of the problem. Obviously a very popular show, and not the cheapest, therefore more consideration is needed to ensure that the experience encourages visitors to return.

  7. Although two local clubs that I belong to had layouts attending, a friend, my son and I visited on Saturday as paying guests as I have done several times before. The layouts, traders, hospitallity and organisation were of the usual high standard and we enjoyed the day.
    Yes, the parking was difficult but there are very few venues where it is not these days. Those that are equiped with good parking are generally more expensive to hire. I have great sympathy for exhibition teams who have to juggle all the pros and cons of different venues and costs.
    Regards, Paul.

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