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In normal times we meet at the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society's premises Titford Pump House, Engine Street, OLDBURY, West Midlands B69 4NL.
There is plenty of car parking – mostly on Engine Street, some within the Pump House compound. The address above includes a Google maps link.
All facilities are at ground level.
We meet four times a year in January, April July and October. We hold two meetings on a Saturday and the other two on a Sunday.
GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS ON GATHERINGS AND TRAVEL Due to the restrictions we are unable to meet at the moment. Sadly, we have to cancel our meeting scheduled for October. Clearly we remain in uncertain times but will meet again once lockdown restrictions are lifted.
Our days meeting normally starts at 10:00 am and concludes at 16:00.
The day is split into two parts.
The morning session is more formal in so far as we have one or more guest speakers. The topics are far-ranging. Take a look at the next section to see some of our previous meetings.
The afternoon session is informal and generally consists of:
We charge a modest £3 for the day which we donate to our venue host for the use of the Pumphouse.
We do not charge for tea, coffee or the superb cakes that are kindly supplied by one of our members' wives.
Some forthcoming activities are as follows: -
The East Midlands Area Group hosts a very popular call once per month.
|10:00 28-Nov||MERG East Midlands Area group ONLINE meeting||Area group ONLINE meeting. Theobald's Yard, a DC layout converted to DCC using CBUS - Neale Brodie.||ZOOM ONLINE||Link|
Our colleagues at Warwick and North Oxford AG are holding biweekly virtual meetings on a Wednesday evening. East Midlands AG are also holding monthly virtual all-day meeting. The schedule of both these groups is given below. If you are interested in attending these groups sign up here and select ‘join area group’.
|19:00 09-Dec||Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting||Keith Nuttall -EzyBus.||Zoom Virtual Meeting|
The Virtual Area Group offers short one hour presentations and discussions every week. Active participants call in from Australia, Canada, Ireland, Icelend, UK and USA.
|18:30 01-Dec||Virtual Area Group - Test and Trace - Simon West||Simon will take you through some basic fault finding techniques in the unlikely event that your MERG kit does not work.||Zoom video call||Link|
|10:00 08-Dec||Virtual Area Group - CBUS Deployment on O-Gauge - Dave McCabe||Dave will present a CBUS wiring strategy for a large club O gauge layout.||Zoom video call||Link|
|12:30 15-Dec||Virtual Area Group - How CANVOUT Works - Martin Perry||Martin will select a current MERG kit and explain how it works using the circuit diagram and the components on the printed circuit board.||Zoom conference call||Link|
|10:00 22-Dec||Virtual Area Group - What is on Our Workbenches||A show and tell session where members show work-in-progress materials from their workbenches and describe their successes ... and failures.||Zoom video call||Link|