Scalefour Pontefract

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Scalefour Pontefract

Postby Major Clanger » Sat Oct 14, 2023 7:00 pm

In conjunction with the Normanton & Pontefract Railway Modellers Society, the West Yorkshire Area Group is pleased to announce Scalefour Pontefract. This is another of the Scalefour Society’s “Shows with a Show”, and will take place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th January 2024, at New College Pontefract, 51 Park Lane, Pontefract WF8 4QR. There is ample car parking in the adjacent Pontefract Park, and Pontefract Tanshelf station is about 10 minutes away on foot.

So far, the S4 element of the show comprises two layouts (Halifax King Cross and Chatsworth Road), demonstrators, the Society publicity stand and the Scalefour Stores (the latter subject to confirmation). There will also be rest of the show for you to enjoy, including layouts, traders and demonstrators, and comprehensive catering facilities.

Assuming I can get all the words and pictures to Gavin in time, there will be full coverage of the show in the next issue of Scalefour News. I will also update this thread with the latest happenings.

And before anyone asks, the Wizard Models stand will not be there, just me. Happy to hand over prepaid orders though...

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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby Major Clanger » Tue Oct 17, 2023 9:21 am

The Scalefour Stores will be there, Mr Jeremy Suter presiding.

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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby MartinWales » Sat Oct 28, 2023 8:58 am

Brilliant! Will be eagerly awaited-am assisting with a friend's layout

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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby Major Clanger » Mon Jan 15, 2024 7:42 pm

A reminder that it's just 10 days to this show. I'm currently finalising the demonstrator details - keep tuned for more information.

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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby Winander » Wed Jan 17, 2024 10:44 pm

Richard Hodgson
Organiser Scalefour Virtual Group. Our meeting invitation is here.

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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby Major Clanger » Sat Jan 20, 2024 7:10 pm

Richard, thank you for providing the links.

Please note that the four demonstrators listed are those in the general area of the show. In the Scalefour section we have:

Saturday: David Keeler, building wagons; Ian Macdonald, building carriages (and etched kit design)
Sunday: David Keeler, carrying on with wagons; Brian Eves, wiring (and can probably answer any signalling questions you might have too)

You may even find me making something, to give the others a break. The gauge won't be 18.83mm though!

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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby Major Clanger » Fri Jan 26, 2024 11:49 am

I'll soon be on the road to Pontefract for setting up. The West Yorkshire Area Group hopes to see many of you over the weekend - please come and say hello. You can't really miss us, as we're all on the left after the pay desk.

Edited as I don't know my left from my right!
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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby Enigma » Fri Jan 26, 2024 3:25 pm

Excellent spot for all to see - and relatively close to the food and drink supply ;)

I'll be there tomorrow morning early.

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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby mikeknowles » Fri Jan 26, 2024 8:47 pm

I'll also be there tomorrow.

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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby Penrhos1920 » Sat Jan 27, 2024 7:21 pm

Great to see folks there today. Will this be repeated next year? Could we expand into the small hall that wasn’t used this year but has been used in previous years.

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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby mikeknowles » Sat Jan 27, 2024 8:30 pm

Really enjoyed my visit to the show. Good to see plenty of people taking an interest in the Society's section, though apologies to Andrew as I didn't manage to catch him to say hello.
Judging by the overall attendance and the buzz around the place I'd say the hobby is far from dying out as some would have us believe. The number of small (under 4 foot long) layouts perhaps showed a bit of a shift of focus due to people's budgetary and space limitations. However it didn't mean they were any less interesting to look at.
Well done to all concerned.

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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby Hardwicke » Sun Jan 28, 2024 6:30 pm

I had a great time at Pontefract despite arriving in the afternoon when I had intended getting there in the morning. It's a fine successor to Scalefour North. Spent quite a bit but met lots of friends and chatted a lot. If only I hadn't gone on a pub crawl on Friday....
Builder of Forge Mill Sidings (BR(M)), Kirkcliffe Coking Plant (BR(E)), Swanage (BR (S)) and Heaby (LMS/MR). Acquired Thorneywood (GNR). Still trying to "Keep the Balance".

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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby Hardwicke » Sun Jan 28, 2024 6:30 pm

Photos to follow
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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby Enigma » Sun Jan 28, 2024 8:14 pm

Best show I've been to for a long time. Met lots of people I'd not seen for ages (including Hardwicke) and it seems that people are starting to come out to shows in greater numbers again. Some from a fair distance too. Arrived at 10.00, chatted to members on the S4 stand and didn't leave the show until around 4.00 so got my money's worth indeed! Most of the time was spent talking and catching up with old friends.

How did the society presence work out in the end? Hopefully succesful enough to do it again next year.

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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby Major Clanger » Mon Jan 29, 2024 8:09 pm

Enigma wrote:
How did the society presence work out in the end? Hopefully succesful enough to do it again next year.


Well, we all enjoyed ourselves, and want to go back next year. We have an informal invite from the club to do so, which hopefully will turn into a formal one once they've had their show "wash up" meeting.

Thank you to all those who attended - I hope you liked it.

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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby Hardwicke » Tue Jan 30, 2024 8:13 am

I thought it was an excellent show and the Normanton & Pontefract Railway Modellers Society, the West Yorkshire Area Group and other specialist groups should be congratulated on their efforts. High quality layouts, good trade support and interesting and informative demonstrations. I'll be booking next year's weekend off work.
Builder of Forge Mill Sidings (BR(M)), Kirkcliffe Coking Plant (BR(E)), Swanage (BR (S)) and Heaby (LMS/MR). Acquired Thorneywood (GNR). Still trying to "Keep the Balance".

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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby Tony Wilkins » Tue Jan 30, 2024 1:25 pm

I attended on the Sunday and found it a most enjoyable show, especially after I discovered where the second hall was. I spent some considerable time watching some of the layouts. The Scalefour contingent put on a good display and I particularly enjoyed watching Halifax Kings Cross, which has stood the test of time very well. Already penciled in for next year.
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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby Enigma » Tue Jan 30, 2024 4:01 pm

Hardwicke wrote:I thought it was an excellent show and the Normanton & Pontefract Railway Modellers Society, the West Yorkshire Area Group and other specialist groups should be congratulated on their efforts. High quality layouts, good trade support and interesting and informative demonstrations. I'll be booking next year's weekend off work.


Keep away from the pub 8-)

And Tony, it's KING Cross, no 'S'. You're not the first by any means :)

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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby Tony Wilkins » Wed Jan 31, 2024 3:18 pm

Enigma wrote:
And Tony, it's KING Cross, no 'S'. You're not the first by any means :)

All the years I have know this layout, I have never realised this.
Probably due to being too familiar with the Station in London, so one sees what one expects to see.
Apologies to Steve for the error.
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Tony.
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Re: Scalefour Pontefract

Postby Enigma » Wed Jan 31, 2024 5:50 pm

Tony Wilkins wrote:
Enigma wrote:
And Tony, it's KING Cross, no 'S'. You're not the first by any means :)

All the years I have know this layout, I have never realised this.
Probably due to being too familiar with the Station in London, so one sees what one expects to see.
Apologies to Steve for the error.
Regards
Tony.


I'm sure he'll let you off ;)


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