There was another solid turnout for this years Wakefield MAG Treasure Hunt on Sunday 12th July, which as always, had itís meet and start point at Thornes Park. In total, 16 people turned up at the meet and divided them selves up into 5 teams, people from our very own Wakefield MAG branch, Ossett MAG (A.K.A. Mick Culpan), Huddersfield MAG, and a few other MAG & non MAG members too.
Luckily for everyone, the weather held out well and it was a lovely sunny day.
The Treasure Hunt this year had a railway based theme and had 15 questions spread over 9 locations and whilst some teams steamed through the questions there was a low commotion over a few naughty trucks that lagged behind (Ed: Groan ...)
One of the locations was the Denby Dale Viaduct where we had our most controversial question, it was 'How many arches are in the viaduct ?'; to which we had the answer as 22, though all the teams that came back had 21 as their answer. Stewards inquiry called for !!!! Luckily, as all the answers were the same it didnít reflect on the overall outcome.
The winners of this years Wakefield MAG Treasure Hunt were Matt and Pat, our good friends from the VJMC, with 14 out of 15 answers correct.
Lorna, Mo and Jason came a close second also scoring 14 out of 15 but losing out due to the tie break question.
All other teams tied in third place which is rather fitting as it means we have no losers. Unfortunately, we couldn't award the trophies on the day, but not to worry, we'll present these as soon as we have them back from the trophy shop.
Overall the day was a complete success, all participants not only enjoyed the Treasure Hunt, prepared by Father and Son team, Brian and Alan Jaques, but they also got to enjoy nice weather and more importantly, they enjoyed a jolly good excuse for a most pleasant ride out.
The locations, railway related questions and answers for this year's Treasure Hunt were:
1. MINIATURE RAILWAY, THORNES PARK
How many letters are on the station platform for the miniature railway written in yellow?
42 (KEEP BEHIND LINES x3)
2. COAL MINING MUSEUM
There is a scrap steam railway crane once owned by Taylor and Hubbard LTD. What load must it not exceed at a 16ft radius?
3. COAL MINING MUSEUM
Also in the scrap heap is a red NCB engine, what is the number on the side of it?
4. EMELY MOOR MAST
How high is Blackpool Tower?
5. EMELY MOOR MAST
To tie this location into the railway theme of our quiz ... How many rails are there on each of the twin gates behind you?
7 on each (total 14)
6. KIRKLEES LIGHT RAILWAY (NARROW GAUGE RAILWAY)
What is showing on the destination board of the diesel multiple unit at the station?
7. KIRKLEES LIGHT RAILWAY (NARROW GAUGE RAILWAY)
There is a blue Rapier crane somewhere at this location, where was it made?
8. DENBY DALE STATION
The stone arch to the right of the station car park is bridge no. PEH 43, but what is the mileage?
9 miles 25 chains
9. DENBY DALE STATION
If you were to catch the 9:42 train today what time could I expect to be in Barnsley?
10. DENBY DALE STATION ... ISH
How many arches are in the Denby Dale Viaduct?
22 (Ed: Although subject to a Stewards inquiry !!!)
11. DODWORTH RAILWAY STATION
Who are the first two car park spaces reserved for?
BRS MEN (although British Rail signal men accepted)
12. ELSECAR HERITAGE CENTRE
What is the number on the side of the blue diesel engine at the Elsecar Heritage Centre Station?
The Pugneys Lakeside Station is open between what times on a normal day?
What is the name of the other station at the Pugneys miniature railway?
15. WAKEFIELD KIRKGATE STATION
What is the time shown on the clock face out side the front of the station?
Ouzo was a bit bored with the Treasure Hunt though!!!