Saturday 18th June 2016 - Phalanx @ St.Helens
So off I went on my 2.5 hour jaunt over the Pennines. It didn't start well - at 09.09 the train turned up at Fitzwilliam to get me to Leeds. 1 minute late - not bad - only it was supposed to be the 08.46. This didn't bode well but apart from having to stand to Wakefield I managed to make the first connection. Surprisingly Manchester Piccadilly & Newton-le-Willows changes also worked out.
The show was easy to find - walking distance from the station. The bugbear - nowhere to get any cash. Why don't these Leisure Centres have cash points? After a 15 minute walk each way to a shopping centre I had my cash and could go to the 'Bring & Buy' (which was excellent). I didn't buy a lot in the main hall - very little in 15mm. Some of the games were interesting but not as good as Partizan. The hall was also rather hot and stuffy.
Here's my loot:
1 box of Airfix 'Robin Hood' (B & B) - £2 - destined for the 'general box'
1 box of Imex Sioux Indians (B & B) - £3 - for conversion into various 'natives'
Also - 4 packs of 60 x 60 MDF bases (for my East African project).
The journey home involved 3 changes - Manchester Victoria, Stalybridge & Leeds. The Pennine Express was 5 minutes late into Leeds but as I had 12 minutes for the changeover it was no problem. The only gripe I had was when a bunch of charming lads boarded the Manchester bound train - they were very loud-mouthed and foul-mouthed - F-ing and B-ing relentlessly. From Stalybridge a quartet of older gentlemen also had a somewhat limited vocabulary.
So would I go to Phalanx again? I think not. Train advertising doesn't mention the crass passengers you meet or the bawling babies. 2.5 hours is too long to endure for a moderate show.
Here's some links for pictures: