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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

Would you like to join today?

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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.


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.

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, coffee or the superb cakes that are kindly supplied by one of our members' wives.

What Have We Done Previously?

And the Next Meeting?


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.

10:00 07-AugMERG East Midlands Area group meetingThis 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. WellingboroughLink
09:00 04-SepJMRI Part 2 weekend courseSecond JMRI weekend course on blocks, train identification (RFID and Railcom), entry-exit routing and lots on signalling.Rushden Transport MuseumLink

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’.

10:00 18-SepWarwickshire, North Oxfordshire MERG Area Group Provisional Date for physical meeting. Andy Cumming -a design for a Toti detector LWMRS Clubrooms, Knightcote.

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.


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: 2021/02/26 12:24 by allan_gardner