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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. We have a meeting scheduled for October but clearly we remain in uncertain times.
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 and coffee or the various superb cake that is kindly supplied by one of our members' wives.
|10:00 10-Oct||West Midlands Area Group Meeting 10th October2020||More details to follow||Titford Pump House, Engine Street, OLDBURY, West Midlands B69 4NL.||Link|
Some forthcoming activities are as follows: -
The East Midlands Area Group hosts a very popular call once per month.
|10:00 29-Aug||MERG East Midlands Area group ONLINE meeting||This area group meeting will be held online using the Zoom teleconferencing system. Judi Rastall on her PTP Lite layout and Michael Newton about his Terminus with loco release line using modified Pocket Money Kits. Detailed Agenda to follow.||ZOOM ONLINE|
|10:00 26-Sep||MERG East Midlands Area group ONLINE meeting||Area group ONLINE meeting - details and agenda to follow.||ZOOM ONLINE|
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 19-Aug||Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting||Members Projects. Mick Bonwick - Modelling the railway Ian Kay - JMRI & CBUS Control for conventional DC. Jeremy Mole - A new micro layout.||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.
|10:00 11-Aug||Virtual Area Group||Judi Rastall and Paul Tomkins will give an update on all things kit related in another episode of Tales from the Kitlocker.||Zoom video call||Link|
|12:30 18-Aug||Virtual Area Group||Martin Perry will explain how CANCAB works using the circuit diagram and the components on the printed circuit board.||Zoom video conference call||Link|
|10:00 25-Aug||Virtual Area Group||Fraser Smith will be describing how Just Another Language (JAL) is used to program the microprocessors in a number of the pocket money kits.||Zoom video call||Link|
|18:30 01-Sep||Virtual Area Group||Paul Townsend will look at how best to deploy CBUS on an N Gauge layout.||Zoom conference call||Link|