Midland Branch

Welcome to the Midlands!

If you are interested in buses in any part of Central England, we can help you get more from your hobby.

  • We produce a Branch Bulletin every month
  • We arrange visits most months between May and October
  • We hold meetings most months between November and April

Our Branch Bulletin

We are particularly proud of our monthly Midland Branch Bulletin. It contains comprehensive details of bus service changes and developments made by operators large and small throughout the Midlands, along with vehicle reports.

Meetings

During the Winter and Spring we hold four meetings on Saturday afternoons - two in Derby, two in Birmingham. Most meetings include a talk by guest speakers on a wide range of bus-related subjects. We have interesting talks from Senior Managers in the bus industry, other industry professionals and enthusiasts, including our members. We also run a comprehensive bookstall at most meetings.

Midland Branch Committee - Jan 2017

The Midland Branch Committee.

Sitting (left to right): Jim Froggatt (Treasurer), Geoff Lusher (Chairman), Mike Baylis (Secretary).

Standing (left to right): Roger Pope, Malcolm Woodyatt, Richard Morgan, Gary Nolan (Branch Ambassador 2017), Peter Hale, John Pettifor, John Curtis and Geoff Fisk.

Visits

During the Summer and Autumn we go out on visits throughout the Midlands and beyond. Most visits are to bus operators - from the largest to the smallest - where we can see and photograph vehicles, and we include calls at towns to see buses in service. Once a year we do a Study Tour, travelling around by service buses for a day in order to get a feel for a company’s operations and vehicles.

Friends

Meetings also give you the chance to meet fellow bus enthusiasts - and make new friends. We have over 200 members with interests in all aspects of the hobby, so whatever your particular interest you will find people who share it with you.

The Area We Cover

The Midland Branch covers Derbyshire (except the High Peak district), Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands.

Other Activities

The East Midlands Bus Enthusiasts Group (EMBEG) is associated with the Omnibus Society, and works very closely with the Midland Branch. EMBEG arranges its own meetings and visits, supplementing our activities, and Midland Branch members are welcome to take part in them.  If you would like more information about the East Midlands Bus Enthusiasts Group please contact us - see below.

And you may be interested to know that the Omnibus Society’s Library and Archive is in the Midlands - at Walsall.

 

Contact Us

Chairman - Geoff Lusher - 100 Sandwell Street, Walsall, WS1 3EB.
Geoff.Lusher@omnibus-society.org

Secretary - Mike Baylis - 100 Sandwell Street, Walsall, WS1 3EB.   mike_baylis@btinternet.com

Geoff Fisk - 100 Sandwell Street, Walsall, WS1 3EB.    Geoff.Fisk@omnibus-society.org

Peter Hale - 100 Sandwell Street, Walsall, WS1 3EB  . Peter.Hale@omnibus-society.org