in association with NAGNAG (the Newport and Gwent Neighbourhood Area Group of
the Scalefour Society) are holding our second* biennial open day on Saturday 7th
March 2015 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Shaftesbury Community Centre in Evans Street,
Newport, NP20 5LD
day isn’t meant to be an exhibition rather an opportunity to chat with fellow
modellers and share a few experiences. The layouts won’t be operating as they
would at a conventional exhibition giving visitors and club members alike a
chance to swap tips and thoughts. Hopefully visitors will have the opportunity
to run one or two of their locos too.
emphasis will be on Scalefour, with Bernie Baker's Allt-y-Graban Road* (http://www.scalefour.org/shows/S4SW2011/allt-y-graban.html), Mike Edmunds’
Cwm Du (http://www.cardiffmodelrail.org.uk/Cwm%20Du.htm), the micro-layouts created for the NMRS ‘P4 in A4’ initiative** and NMRS’s
work-in-progress Little Mill Junction (with working fiddle yard but the
remaining boards in bare-board state). 7mm will be represented with the club’s O
gauge BR(SR) layout, Frecclesham.
Additionally Ian Penberth of PenBits Model Railways (http://www.penbits.co.uk) with be present with some of his wares and the Welsh Railways Research Circle (http://www.wrrc.org.uk) will be in attendance.
will be free (but our Treasurer has never been known to turn down a donation).
Light refreshments will be available during the day.
* Unfortunately Steffan Lewis's Maindee East will not be at this year's open day due to unforeseen circumstances, Allt-y-Graban Road, though is a worthwhile replacement.
**Details of our previous open day and ‘P4 in
A4’ can be found in the Nagnag section of the Scalefour Forum and else where on this website.
We got a mention in Scalefour News;
and similar words in the Model Railway Journal!
There was a poster locally;
and they came in their droves.
OK, not exactly heaving, but well attended. Of course, our big project Little Mill Junction was on display. Having received the last board from its builder, Chris Yates, earlier in the week this was the first time we had put up all of the main boards in one go. Its impressive/large/mad/extensive/a lot of work, choose your own description. Below is the south end where the sharply curved line to the brickworks diverges.
Here is the continuation onto the curved boards for the south end. We have 4 of these boards left to build for ourselves.
This is the fiddle yard which was also on show at the last Open Day.
Here's the site of the junction with the main line to Hereford to the left and the Usk branch curving off to the right.
Well, these guys are enjoying the day.
Rob Foot (above left) produced BrIAns Brewery (provisional title) for the P4 in A4 challenge. Yes, this does all (less stock) fit into an A4 boxfile.
Obviously the title is a twist on Cardiff's BrA1ns Brewery.
Have you seen that?
Cwmdu has evolved under the guidance of Mike Edmunds, aiming to represent a South Wales scene.
Compare to Cresselly Crossing in Mountain Ash.
Industrial steam held on very late in the Cynon Valley.
What could be more Valleys than a 56xx.
PC Claude Cox keeping an eye on proceedings.
Another P4 in A4 challenge entry was Terminus by Dave Hagger and the late Tony Bennett. Mike Cwmdu is discussing presentation and viewing angles.
I really must put something over the blue at the front.
Apologies to Bernie, but this is the only shot I have of Allt-y-Graban at the moment. He helped us enormously by agreeing to come at the last minute.
P4 in A4 challenge number 3 is Pont Llados from Steffan Lewis. These shots concentrate on the scenic bit, but in all it is about 8ft long appearing from the boxfile.
Ian Penberth came with his Penbits range of diesel bogies.
The club's Frecclesham was present of course. Its been well photographed so there's not much new to show.
Except the vary nice Lionheart pannier tank and autocoach built by Alastair Wagonman. sometime soon Frecclesham will be transferred from the Southern to the Western Region.