Scaleforum

25th September 2021

For all enquiries please e-mail: scaleforum@scalefour.org

Event Details by Venue

Devon Riviera Area Group (Rod Cameron)

Holcombe Village Hall, Holcombe, DAWLISH EX7 0LF

Times: 11:00 – 16:00. Admission by pre-arranged free ticket

Attractions will include:

  • Debut of John Farmer’s new layout Parkend Marsh Sidings
  • The late John Watson’s Laxfield (see MRJ No.0) as a static exhibit prior to ‘rehabilitation’
  • Work in progress of Rod Cameron’s Lewes
  • Demonstrations on semaphore signal construction, wagons, coupling systems and history of finescale (by Iain Rice)

It may be necessary to control numbers, so attendance will be by pre-arranged ticket only; please apply to Rod Cameron at: scaleforum@scalefour.org

Kent Area Group (Mike Ainsworth)

Old station building, Hampstead Lane, YALDING ME18 6HH

Opening times: 11:00 – 16:00. Admission free. 

The station car park is small but it’s free of charge and there is usually plenty of space at weekends.  Or you could come by train !

KAG’s long-in-the-gestation 1950s/60s BR(S) layout, Eridge, will be in operation so if you have any DCC-compatible P4 stock and would like to give it a run, bring it along.  As well as the layout, the Marshlink Finescale Area Group will be joining us and bringing along some displays and demonstrations.  We will also be able to supply you with tea and coffee (we promise) and cake (we hope).

For those concerned about what the Covid position might be by late September, we aren’t asking you to let us know in advance that you’re coming (well, not unless you’re bringing a coach party…)  If numbers on the day should threaten to overwhelm us, we’ll happily point you towards one of the local pubs (we can recommend the Chequers) or the station platform to watch the full-size trains go by until things quieten down.  We hope to see you on 25 September.

North Norfolk Area Group (John Chambers)

The Copeman Centre, Hall Street, BRISTON NR24 2LG

Opening times: 10:00 – 16:00. Admission free.

Light refreshments will be available and for this venue there is no need to pre-book.

The following layouts will be present:

North Elmham – Currently under construction by the North Norfolk Area Group, this layout will depict the station on the Wells next the Sea branch with its grain and milk traffic giving some variety from the norm. The layout will be set in the late 50s/early 60s period.

Obbekaer – A Danish independent line connecting Rebe, Gram and Vojens in South Jutland from Geraint Hughes set in the mid 50s. The Model is built to P87 standards.

Wheal Elizabeth – The end of a Cornish China Clay branch set in the late 1970s/early 80s. from Jeremy Good.

We will also have the North Norfolk Area Group’s test track available for those who want to give their stock the chance to stretch its legs.

We will have six demonstrations, which are:

Modelling road vehicles – Jim Smith-Wright

Air-braked wagons – Phil Eames

Etched brass carriage construction – Tony Brenchley

Kit-bashing plastic coach kits – Alan Hall

Turnouts with a difference, an approach to building the inter-laced variety – John Geggie

Cavelex Models – will be showing production models and their latest samples for visitors to examine and will be very happy to discuss any aspect of their products

West Yorkshire Area Group (Steve Hall)

St. Marys Church, Main Street, Badsworth, PONTEFRACT WF9 1AJ

Opening times: 12:00 – 17:30. Admission free.

Saturday afternoon workshop

The workshop is a chance for group members to bring along their latest modelling projects and work on them in the company of other like-minded modellers so that help and advice can be freely exchanged and we can catch up on the latest modelling gossip.   

Tea/Coffee and cakes are all provided.

Shropshire & Herefordshire Area Group (Gavin Clark)

Bishop Mascall Centre, Lower Galdeford, LUDLOW SY8 1RZ

Opening times: 10:00 – 17:00. Admission free.

Saturday afternoon workshop

The Shropshire & Herefordshire Area Group (SHAG) will be holding one of its occasional ‘Modelling Days’ in Ludlow as part of the wider Marches Finescale Group, for those who will be feeling the pain of another Scaleforum-absent year. Normal rules will apply – turn up, claim a table, and spend the day modelling – only interrupted by banter from the rest of the attendees! Numbers are limited not by the dreaded virus, but by the size of the room we have been able to hire, so if you are local and want to come along, please let Gavin know beforehand.

Manchester Area Group (Tony Williams)

Dean Hall, 39 Mersey Road, SALE M33 6HL

Opening Times: 10:30 – 17:30. Admission free.

The MMRS P4 layout, Slattocks Junction will be operating and the Society Library will be open. In addition, there will be informal demonstrations on laser cutting, model buildings and layout lighting.

If you would like to attend any of the events, please e-mail the relevant organiser at: scaleforum@scalefour.org this is not just for Covid safety, but because some of the venues have a limit on numbers in any case.

And Additionally

Pendon Museum (Chris Webber)

Discount for Society Members for Scaleforum MSWJ Railway – Special Running Weekend, 2nd / 3rd October 2021

It is sixty years ago – September 1961 – since the Midland and South-Western Junction Railway route between Cheltenham and Andover Junction closed for both freight and passenger traffic. 

Originally, we had hoped to formally open our representation of this line to mark this occasion, but this will be postponed into the future. However, we have a number of trains ready to roll, and the infrastructure, if not the scenic surround, is also tried and tested. We therefore intend to run the line over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of 2nd / 3rd October; for us this will be our only Sunday opening this year.

As well as marking the anniversary of this sad occasion we are also offering a 50% discounted entry to card-carrying members of the Scalefour Society, as a contribution to their planned Multi-Event Scaleforum (actually the weekend before, but that date had conflicted with other activities, both at Pendon and elsewhere). This will be the only time in 2021 that members of the public will be able to see this line in action at Pendon.

This independent-minded concern was always a thorn in the side of the GWR and saw traffic from its’ great rivals, the Midland and the South Western Railways use the line to penetrate the heart of GWR territory to reach Southampton. The line was heavily used in both the First and Second World Wars but was run down in the 1950s as it lost traffic to the roads and railways and fell from political favour.

Pendon Museum is near Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX1 4QD