Venue & Location
For those who have not visited Railex before, the whole exhibition is staged in the modern and fully disabled accessible Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Please note that the Stadium is not connected in any way with the adjacent hospital and therefore cannot be accessed via the hospital.
All exhibits are located within a massive 20,000 square foot sports hall - the size of twelve badminton courts! The hall also has the best lighting
you're likely to find anywhere, meeting TV filming standards.
The massive hall allows some very large layouts to be exhibited, which many other exhibitions would be unable to accommodate and consequently are rarely seen.
We also invite a selection of smaller and medium sized layouts demonstrating what can be achieved in a more modest space. We pride ourselves that all the layouts
displayed are of the very highest quality and are invited on this merit alone. We ensure there are wide aisles providing easy access to all areas of the exhibition,
allowing a relaxed atmosphere to view layouts, or to speak with traders and demonstrators. Visiting Railex on Saturday can be extremely busy, please consider making your visit on Sunday when it will be quieter.
Height of Layouts
Although Stoke Mandeville Stadium has been designed as a fully accessible venue, primarily for the use of disabled sports persons; the height of each layout varies and is dependent on the builder.
Consequently some layouts may not be at an optimum viewing height for those in wheelchairs or mobility scooters, or for young children.
We think the following two solutions that we've recently seen in use at exhibitions might be helpful to some visitors: a Periscope, or Small Step-Up, for children to stand on, both of which are available
from Stand 1 the Railex Info Point (these items must be supervised by the accompanying parent/adult at all times).
The Stadium has lockers that may be used to store rucksacks, coats, motor bike helmets, etc., to save them being carried around the exhibition. These are located along the changing
room corridor and require a £1 coin deposit, which is refunded after use.
The following entry tickets will be available:
Adult - those over 18 years of age.
Child/Concession - available to children under 18 years of age, students in full time education (on production of student card), unemployed (those receiving state unemployment benefit, on production of evidence),
disabled person (plus one accompanying carer admitted free). Children under 5 are admitted free. On Sunday only, up to two children under 18 years of age will be admitted free when accompanied by an Adult.
Family - covers two adults and up to three children.
Prices will be advised closer to the exhibition.
On the Day Tickets
Tickets can be purchased on the day at the Stadium's main reception desk, from up to 45 minutes before the exhibition opening time. Both the café and seated viewing gallery, in the main hall,
will be available for visitors who wish to relax prior to the exhibition opening.
Refreshments and hot meals will be available throughout most of the day from the café in the Stadium foyer.
Directions to the Exhibition
Stoke Mandeville Stadium is located just one and a half miles from Aylesbury town centre
and situated directly behind Stoke Mandeville Hospital (both the hospital and stadium
are within the town of Aylesbury).
Free Vintage Bus Service
We will be providing a free bus service from Aylesbury railway station carpark direct to the bus stop near the Elm Farm Shops on both Saturday and Sunday, then there is a short walk down Elm Farm Road to the stadium, which will be clearly sign posted.
The service will start half an hour before Railex opens and the last bus will depart the bus stop near the Elm Farm Shops a few minutes after the show closes each day, for which a timetable to be available by the beginning of May.
The bus service will be run by a Vintage Route Master bus, a London Country green one. Click Here to see Photo of the Green Route Master taken by Graham Bucknell.
Due to the age of the vintage bus which predates current D.D.A. requirements, we
regret it may not not suitable for those who have difficulties in climbing
steps. Also the bus is unable to accommodate mobility scooters or wheelchairs.
For those one cannot make the Free Vintage Bus service taxis are available to hire from the station forecourt.
Limited Free parking for Railex visitors is available at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in marked bays.
We would like recommend that visitors may like to use the town centre car parks and use the free and excellently restored Routemaster bus from Aylesbury railway station carpark the bus stop near the Elm Farm Shops that runs every hour.
We recommend the long stay Friarscroft (588 places) car park close to the station which is £3 for all day on Saturday and £1.50 for all day on Sunday detail on all town centre car
parks can be found here.
The roads around the stadium car parks are residential and although have no parking restrictions should you park there we would like to keep our neighbours happy so please abide with all road parking
regulations, park safely and keep all access areas and driveways clear.
Stoke Mandeville Hospital car parks that are located close to Railex are chargeable but at the weekends generally tend to be quiet. Charges are: 30 mins to 2 hours: £3.50, 2 to 3 hours: £5.00, 3 to 4 hours: £6.50 and over 4 hours: £9.00.
See their website for full details.
Access from the hospital is next to the Cancer Care Unit, just follow the road from the pay & display carparks.
Directions to Stadium Car Park (NEW ENTRANCE NOW OPEN) HP21 9PP
Follow the road signs to Aylesbury and then the Hospital (these are clearly marked from all major routes). Turn off the B4443 Aylesbury to Stoke Mandeville road into Stadium Approach, at the Churchill Avenue
roundabout, and proceed to the stadium entrance. If using the stadium car park, please abide the rules and do not
park in the disabled parking bays unless you are entitled to.
The area is served by a fast, frequent Chiltern Railways service to and from London Marylebone. If travelling from the south alight at Aylesbury (not Stoke
Mandeville) and then proceed by free vintage bus in the station carpark, which will leave for the bus stop near Elm Farm Shops.
If travelling from the north Birmingham Snow Hill or Banbury change at Princes Risborough or catch a 280 bus from Haddenham station to Aylesbury Bus Station.
Taxis are available from the station forecourt to the stadium a single fare should be around £3-£4,
although buses run from the adjacent bus station.
By Bus from Aylesbury Bus Station/Town Centre
Buses from Aylesbury bus station on many frequent bus routes, details below.
Route 300/X30 (Saturday & Sunday) Aylesbury Bus Station Bay 7
Click Here for 300/X30 Bus Route and Timetable.
Saturday departs Aylesbury bus station at 09.15, 09:35, then 05, 15, and 35 minutes past each hour then, 15.15, 15.35, 16.05, 16.35, 17.05, 17.45 and arrive at
Churchill Avenue/Stadium Approach at 11, 21 and 41 minutes past each hour, then 15.21, 15.41, 16.11, 16.41, 17.11, 17.51. Return
service departs Churchill Avenue/Stadium Approach at 09.58, 10.24, 10.58, then 18, 48 and 58 minutes past each hour, then at 16.48, 16.58, 17.22, 17.52.
Sunday service is hourly with the service departing Aylesbury bus station at 5 minutes past each hour.
Return service leaves at 41 minutes past the hour.
Route 165 Aylesbury Bus Station Bay 1 (Saturdays only)
Click Here for 165 Bus Timetable.
This service runs direct to the Stadium/Guttman Road leaving Aylesbury bus station at 10.22 and 12.22 arriving
at the stadium at 10.28 and 12.28
Return times leave the Stadium/Guttman Road at 10.35 and 12.35