Opening Autumn 2021!
Ashford International Model Railway Education Centre.
AIMREC is an educational charity based in Ashford. It is an ambitious project to develop an exciting, innovative and immersive visitor attraction for families and hobby enthusiasts, based on display and interpretation model railways.
The AIMREC Studio & Workshop is currently based in Bethersden, Ashford. For the full address, please see our Contact Us page.
AIMREC offers an exciting, innovative and immersive visitor attraction for families and hobby enthusiasts. We are operating from our Workshop & Studio, where we have a collection of notable model railways and plenty of artefacts and interesting items to see! We are working to create interactive layouts to enhance our guest's experience!
Yes; Charity Number: 1168774
AIMREC will have some permanent model railway layouts, including Lenwood, Oak Lane, AirLink SouthEast and GMRC; Boadicea Park, Harry Spotter and the Anorak Prince and Highspeed Green. We also have several smaller layouts which will be rotated throughout the year. To find out more about our layouts and which ones are currently on display, please visit our Layouts page (COMING SOON!)
We do occasionally have volunteering opportunities available; please visit our Volunteer page to find out more.
As we are a charity, we rely heavily on donations, both with model railway items or financial donations. If you would like to make a donation, please visit our Donate page for more information. Thank you in advance for considering a donation to AIMREC!
Yes. We are currently only able to offer pre-booked visits during set times. This is due to space/capacity and ensuring that each visit session is tailored to ensure a personal and immersive experience.
If you arrive at AIMREC and have not booked, you will not be able to access the site.
Guests will be able to book session slots through our website. Our booking system is coming soon and we will post updates on our website and Facebook page once bookings are available!
Yes. We have a single, accessible, unisex toilet, available to volunteers and guests.
Unfortunately, we do not currently have baby changing facilities at the Studio & Workshop. We are continuing to develop the site though and will update our website once this service is available. Please bear this in mind if you are planning to visit with young children.
Yes. The Studio & Workshop is accessible via a ramp. The Floor is all single level and there is an accessible unisex toilet.
Yes. There is a decent size, gravel carpark on site, which is free for our guests. You do not need to display a ticket or submit your details.
We do not have an on-site cafe to purchase food or drink. Light refreshments may be available during booked visits; we will update our website with this information once booking is available.
As much as we dearly love dogs, our Workshop & Studio is not suitable for guests to bring their dogs.
Guide Dogs are allowed.
Although we are working to ensure AIMREC is suitable for a wide range of ages, due to the current location and layouts, we feel the site may not yet be suitable for very young children. All ages are welcome, but the site is education-focused and we do not have play equipment.
We are hopeful to add in additional interactive layouts and train play equipment, but as we are very limited on space, this may need to wait until we have found our future, larger home.
All children must be supervised whilst on site.
Most of our layouts are delicate and have had many hours spent working on them. Therefore, guests are not allowed to directly touch the layouts or the trains. However, we are working to try and create interactive layouts, where guests can get more involved. Please keep an eye on our Layouts page for more information.
We are keen to work with the community and would be happy to discuss work experience opportunities. We may not be able to offer the experience, as it will depend on the volunteering availability we have. Feel free to get in touch with us via our Contact page and we will see what we can do!
Due to our remote location, we would advise travelling to AIMREC via car/taxi.
The nearest rail station is Ashford International, which is approximately 7.8 miles from AIMREC, around a 14 minute drive.
If you are arriving by bus, take the number 2 bus to Bethersden, The George, then it is a 10 minute walk to AIMREC.
We advise using a journey planner to assist with planning directions from your location to AIMREC. Click here to visit TFL's website. You can enter in your postcode and AIMREC's postcode to find public transport options. AIMREC's postcode is TN26 3DB.
There are various places of interest nearby! We will be creating a separate page shortly with more details on nearby locations, which we hope you may enjoy.
You can contact us via phone, post, social media, email or completing the online form. For contact information, please visit our Contact Us page.
We will post further information and updates on our website and Facebook page. You can also Subscribe to our Mailing List!