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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. 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 07-Aug||MERG East Midlands Area group meeting||This will be our first face to face meeting since March 2020. David Page on Sounds for South Town, Pete Brownlow with an automation demo, John Bunbury introducing his new MERG role of Education and training. We will also have a Zoom link for this meeting.||Wellingborough||Link|
|09:00 04-Sep||JMRI Part 2 weekend course||Second JMRI weekend course on blocks, train identification (RFID and Railcom), entry-exit routing and lots on signalling.||Rushden Transport Museum||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’.
|10:00 18-Sep||Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire MERG Area Group||Provisional Date for physical meeting. Andy Cumming -a design for a Toti detector||LWMRS Clubrooms, Knightcote.|
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.