About SOLRAIL

Our 2019 exhibition Sat /Sun 16th & 17th November was a great success.

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In our sixth year at ENERGUS, Lillyhall, Workington we showcased a wide range of Railway Modelling spanning all the major scales and gauges together with support from Workington Model Engineers and several local societies. Easy to find, with ample free parking, easy access from Blackwood Road, Lillyhall, and a stylish, bright, comfortable venue we are really excited about being able to bring you a superb selection from the best railway modelling in the North West.

The Exhibition planned for Sat / Sun 21st and 22nd November 2020 at ENERGUS has been postponed due to the global pandemic. Our next exhibition will be in November 2021

Click on the exhibition tab (left) for details.

Organisation of the exhibition is the sole purpose of Solrail, a not for profit company comprised of local modellers and enthusiasts. We are united in our goal to ensure that the model railway exhibition in Workington grows from strength to strength and continues as a regular showcase for the hobby.

We enjoy an enviable reputation for presenting such a wide range of working model railways and friendly demonstrations of modelling techniques such as track making, tree making, locomotive and wagon kit building, and digital command control. We aim to represent all the popular scales, together with model engineering, computer simulation (railworks), traditional and heritage model railways through to the latest digital equipment. We are grateful for the support of local businesses and volunteers, but most of all we appreciate the support of our visitors who come back to see us year after year.

Young or old, there is something for everyone at the Workington Exhibition.

The Workington model railway exhibition is very much a family show. We try hard to encourage family visitors and particularly young modellers of the future which is why we do not charge an entry fee for accompanied children.

The Port Carlyle layout gets some expert attention under the watchful eye of the boss.

Although some of us are members of local clubs and national groups and societies we are not a modelling club. However, if club modelling is your interest, please contact us and we'll do our best to help.

Six Quarters

Oliver Turner's SIX QUARTERS 4mm scale layout based on Lowca.

Coppell

Furness Model Railway Club's modern image 4mm scale COPPELL

Japanese Z scale

Chris Wright's busy and entertaining Japanese Z scale layout.

Every year we present awards to exhibitors who have made an outstanding contribution to our exhibition. The 2020 awards were presented by Exhibition Manager Phil Tuer:

  1. The Jim Harkness memorial Shield, presented by Workington Transport Heritage Trust: Coppell from the Furness Model Railway Club.Coppell trophy winner
  2. The Scenic shield, awarded to the best layout voted by the visiting public: Japanese Z scale by Chris Wright.Chris Wright Z scale
  3. The Numech Trophy, awarded to the best layout, voted by Solrail on behalf of Numech: Japanese Z scale by Chris Wright.
  4. The Mike Peascod / Cumbrian Railways Association Trophy: awarded to the best model with a Cumbrian connection and won by Oliver Turner, who brought his Six Quarters layout all the way up from Deal in Kent. The layout is based on Lowca in the 1970s.