expoEM Summer 2023
A Showcase of the Best in 4mm Railway Modelling

The flagship event of the EM Gauge Society in the north of England will take place over the weekend of August 19th/20th 2023 at its now established venue of Kettlethorpe High School, near Wakefield. On display will be at least eight finescale layouts representing the best in 4mm scale railway modelling.
As usual there will be plenty of opportunity to stock up on modelling supplies with a good range of specialist traders in attendance. In addition, there will be a variety of ‘Show you how’ demonstrations and other special interest society stands. There will also be the EM and P4 test track (now with OO to test your purchases) and the EMGS Trade Officer will be in attendance selling amongst other things, the Society’s range of EM track and points, plus the British Finescale pointwork kits. In addition, the ever popular members’ sales stand will as usual be selling a diverse range of second hand models, kits and bits. We are also pleased to announce that on-site catering is being arranged for this year’s event. Society apparel will also be available in the form of polo shirts sweatshirts and modellers aprons,

Venue: Opening times:
Kettlethorpe High School
Standbridge Lane
Sandal, Wakefield, WF2 7EL
Saturday 19th August: 10.30am to 5.00pm
Sunday 20th August: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Admission Prices (valid for both days):
2-Day visitor ticket         £11.00
EMGS Members                 £9.00

Chatsworth Road (S4) BR, Peak District, 1970sAlan Atherley
Dewsbury GNR (S4) GNR, West Riding, early C20Geoff Tiffany, David Carter & Brian Eves
Hope-under-Dinmore (EM) – South Hants Model Railway Club
Kyle of MacAllan Locomotive Shed (EM) BR, NW Scottish Highlands, September 1966Adrian Walby
Grimesthorpe (EM/18mm gauge) Sheffield District Railway – Tony Gee
Minimis (EM) Industrial, north of England, 1960sPeter Fletcher
Sheepcroft (EM) BR (W), SW England, late 1960s/early 1970sStu Davies
West End Drift (EM) Colliery sidings, 1950 to 1970Graham Hudson

Guest Layout
Blakey Rigg (S scale) NER, North Yorks. Moors, early C20Paul Greene

Timara Easter – Weathering and conversions
Vernon Harrod – Kit & scratchbuilding coaches and other rolling stock
Pete Hill – Converting R-T-R and scratchbuilding Locomotives
John James – Split Chassis Loco Construction
Geoff Kent – Modelling using Plasticard
Peter Sutherland – Building Plastic Coaches
Mick Moore – Scratchbuilding wagons & wagon loads
John Phillips – Buildings & structures for his Doncaster layout

Special Interest / Line Societies
Cumbrian Railway Association
Great Central Railway Society
Great Northern Railway Society
S Scale Society
North Eastern Railway Association

Trade Support (TBC)
247 Developments

Alan Gibson
Bill Hudson Transport Books
CM3 Models
CSP Models
Dave Bradwell
EBMA Hobby & Craft
High Level
London Road Models
Nick Tozer Railway Books
Pre-Grouping Railways
Squires Tools
Stoneybridge Structures & Model Sounds

EMGS Trade Stand and Society Apparel

As usual the EMGS Trade Officer will be there with the stand. However he will not be able to bring all the items stocked because of transport logistics. He will be happy to bring along any pre-ordered items for payment on the day, BUT these must be ordered with a deadline to reach him by 7 days prior to the show. He will be able to take cash, cheques and cards as payment at the show.

Getting there:

Public Transport

By bus.
Arriva Yorkshire Service 106 Wakefield-Hall Green  
Saturdays: Wakefield Bus Station Stand 11 
Departs every 15 minutes at 00, 15, 30 and 45 minutes past the hour. Alight at Bus Stop: “Kettlethorpe, at High School”. 
Return from Bus Stop: “Kettlethorpe High School Stop K1 at 04, 19, 34 and 49 minutes past the hour. 
Sundays: Wakefield Bus Station Stand 11 
Departs every half hour at 20 and 50 minutes past the hour. Alight at Bus Stop: “Kettlethorpe, at High School”. 
Return from Bus Stop: “Kettlethorpe High School Stop K1 at 10 and 40 minutes past the hour 
Arriva Yorkshire Service 107 Wakefield-Kettlethorpe 
Saturdays (only): Wakefield Bus Station Stand 17 
Departs hourly, on the hour. Alight at Bus Stop: “Kettlethorpe High School Stand K1”. 
Return from Bus Stop: “Kettlethorpe, at High School” at 32 minutes past the hour. 
Note there are no fewer than three Bus Stops in the vicinity of Kettlethorpe High Schoolso it would 
be advisable in particular for your return journey to check that you have the correct one. 

By Train
The nearest railway station is Sandal & Agbrigg (Northern Rail) followed by a short walk to Barnsley Road, then take the bus service 106 to Kettlethorpe High School. Failing that it’s about a 30 minute walk to the school.
It would be wise to check with both Arriva for the buses and Northern Rail for the trains, as weekends often means route maintenance work resulting in reduced or diverted services.

Travel by car
Satnav: WF2 7EL. The venue is with easy reach of the M1 (Junction 39). Follow the A636 towards Wakefield for about ¾ of a mile then turn right into Asdale Road, A6186. At the roundabout by the entrance to Asda’s carpark turn right into Standbridge Road.
From Wakefield follow the A636 signposted to the M1 and on reaching the A6186 turn left and follow the directions above.

Hopefully, there will be adequate parking on the sports centre site, which is on the right hand side of, and opposite the school. Cross Standbridge Lane by means of the traffic light controlled crossing and enter the school through the pedestrian gate. The entrance to expoEM will be on your left. If parking here is not available, just a few yards further along Standbridge Lane turn left into Kettlethorpe Hall Drive and you will have reached the school entrance on the left. The entrance to expoEM is on your left as you go along the drive.

There is also on-street parking locally, but we would ask that you respect driveways to private houses if parking there.

Disabled Access should not pose problems as there are no stairs to negotiate.
Assistance, if required, is available upon request at the entrance to expoEM.


We are happy to announce that we have managed to get the services of Hidden Gem Catering this year who will be providing teas, coffee, plus soft drinks along with a range of tasty sandwiches on both days. Suitable seating will be provided for you to take a rest and partake of refreshments.  Should this be insufficient then a short walk away is a large retail park with an Asda superstore which has an in-store café. There are also a number of small restaurants including Pizza House, Rinaldi Restaurant, and Pagoda Cantonese nearby. Slightly further away is the Star public house. The Walnut Tree, a ‘chain pub for family friendly dining’ may be found on Barnsley Road (A61) to the left of its junction with Standbridge Lane. Fortythree Boutique Coffee Shop on Standbridge Lane, is an independent coffee shop serving coffee, teas and cakes. Therefore, there exists a reasonable amount of choice in the vicinity of the expoEM venue.

Email: exponorth@emgs.org
Website: www.emgs.org

N.B. Information correct at time of preparation, all exhibits subject to final confirmation.