• Our 53rd Annual Exhibition

    Our 53rd Annual Exhibition

    Sat 10th Nov - Sun 11th Nov 2018. Darwen Vale High School

  • Showcasing a Wide Variety of Model Railways

    Showcasing a Wide Variety of Model Railways

  • And Fun For All The Family!

    And Fun For All The Family!

About Our Society

Established in 1965, the Society held its first show in October of that year. Shows continued in Blackburn's King George's Hall complex until 2010 This year, our new location is at the Darwen Vale High School. (Exhibition details below)

The Society has built many layouts over the years, including "Wilpshire' and 'Holmfirth' which were well known on the exhibition circuit.

Our cuurent layouts have won many trophies at shows throughout the country in recent years. Some of our member's layouts have been exhibited throughout Europe. We have an active membership working on these at our evening meetings every Tuesday - 7:00pm - 10:00pm.

In 2011 we moved to our present headquarters in the Business Centre of Oswaldtwistle Mills. This has given space to have all our layouts in operation.

Access to our library of over 1000 books is also a great part of being a member of our Society.


Grange Over Sands

N Gauge

We have modeled Grange in the late 80’s early 90’s; just at the time when British Rail was getting ready to be privatised. This means lots of diesel locomotives, DMUs, and the occasional steam special.


Cajon Pass

N Gauge - (Under construction)

When we were considering the choice of our next layout to build we decided that we wanted to choose a real location that had scenic potential and that offered some variety of operation. The American Cajon Pass became our preferred location and we started to see how it could be done in model form.


Llanfair Caereinion

009 Narrow Gauge

The fictitious history of our model is similar to the history above, but with a number of differences. We have assumed that the line was more successful in its non-preservation years and this lead to the line being extended through the town of Llanfair and beyond.



N Gauge

Based on the Lancashire town of Rishton, Rishton is one of our current N gauge model railways. The layout was completed in 2015 ready for our annual exhibition in September where it was well recieved.



OO Gauge

Oxenholme is situated on the West Coast Main Line between Lancaster and Carlisle and is the junction station for Kendal and Windermere. The line was opened in stages between September and December 1846 when through trains could reach Carlisle. The line is still in use today as part of the West Coast Route to Scotland.


Cumberland Gap

OO Gauge - (Under construction)

Cumberland Gap is currently being constructed as a L shaped coal and goods shunting layout. The layout also has a fully working road system showcasing the movement of other vehicles,

More information on our other layouts coming soon so please, watch this space!

Blackburn & East Lancs Model Railway Society

53rd Annual Exhibition

November 10th and 11th 2018

10am to 5pm (each day)

New Venue:

Darwen Vale High, School, Blackburn Road, Darwen, BB3 0AL – about 300 yards from Junction 4 of the M65.

Invited layouts include:


Canalside Ironworks 6mm

Cumberland Gap 00

Lower Darwen Shed N

Deadman’s Lane 00

Grange-Over-Sands N

Llanfair Caereinion 009

Thomas the tank 00

Fiddlers Row 00

Shunting Puzzle 00

Carrowbeg 00

Apethorn Junction 0

Fenchurch St Peter 00


Along Classic Lines

Bespoke Signs

Crafty Hobbies

Culcheth Models

DC Kits


Made In Manchester

Model Roads and Tramways

NW Books


Sawyer Models

Stevenson Carriages

The Junction Box

2nd Hand Stall

Plus club layouts, societies, traders, demonstrations, displays and second-hand stalls.

How to find us:

Large FREE parking area and refreshments are available on site.

One mile from junction 7 of the M65.