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MERG West Midlands Area Group (WMAG)

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How do I contact the Area Group

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Who is the leader of the group?

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Allan Gardner M6237 - Group Leader

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Select West Midlands Area Group from the drop-down list in Other Area Groups and press the Subscribe to Area Group button.

How do you meet?

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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.

What does the group get up to?

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:

  1. Members working on their current project (normally a KIT). We will do our best to help with construction and problem-solving.
  2. Talking to presenters about the days topic.
  3. Passing the day talking all thing model railway electronics.

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.

What Have We Done Previously?

And the Next Meeting?

DateEventDescriptionLocationLink
10:00 10-OctWest Midlands Area Group Meeting 10th October2020More details to followTitford Pump House, Engine Street, OLDBURY, West Midlands B69 4NL.Link

What is Happening Online?

Zoom online Meetings Currently, WMAG members are participating in the Zoom calls being organised by the nearby East Midlands, Warwickshire and North Oxfordshire and the Virtual area groups.

Some forthcoming activities are as follows: -

East Midlands Area Group

The East Midlands Area Group hosts a very popular call once per month.

DateEventDescriptionLocationLink
10:00 29-AugMERG East Midlands Area group ONLINE meetingThis 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-SepMERG East Midlands Area group ONLINE meetingArea group ONLINE meeting - details and agenda to follow.ZOOM ONLINE

Warwickshire and North Oxfordshire Area Group

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’.

DateEventDescriptionLocationLink
19:00 19-AugWarwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meetingMembers Projects. Mick Bonwick - Modelling the railway Ian Kay - JMRI & CBUS Control for conventional DC. Jeremy Mole - A new micro layout. Zoom Virtual Meeting

Virtual Area Group

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.

DateEventDescriptionLocationLink
10:00 11-AugVirtual Area GroupJudi Rastall and Paul Tomkins will give an update on all things kit related in another episode of Tales from the Kitlocker.Zoom video callLink
12:30 18-AugVirtual Area GroupMartin Perry will explain how CANCAB works using the circuit diagram and the components on the printed circuit board.Zoom video conference callLink
10:00 25-AugVirtual Area GroupFraser 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 callLink
18:30 01-SepVirtual Area GroupPaul Townsend will look at how best to deploy CBUS on an N Gauge layout. Zoom conference callLink

What Local Organisations do we work with?

Link to local model railway sites.

The MERG West Midlands Area Group have attended model railway exhibitions, organised by the following clubs: -

Stafford Railway Circle

Bourneville Model Railway Club

Warley Model Railway Club

public/westmids.txt · Last modified: 2020/08/03 11:40 by uppermill