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.

Midland Branch and the anniversary bus

To mark the 90th anniversary of Stratford Blue starting up in the Bard’s town of Stratford-upon-Avon, Stagecoach Midlands has repainted Alexander Enviro 400 bodied Scania 15675 in traditional Stratford Blue livery.  To mark the 70th anniversary of the Midland Branch, thanks to Stagecoach Midlands, 15675 also has the OS Midland Branch logo on each side of the vehicle - it's just behind the front wheel.

Stratford Blue 15676

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 bookstall at some meetings.

Midland Branch Committee - March 2018

The Midland Branch Committee

Sitting (L-R): Richard Morgan, Jim Froggatt (Treasurer), Geoff Lusher (Chairman), Mike Baylis (Secretary).  Standing (L-R): John Pettifor, Roger Pope, Gary Nolan, Geoff Fisk, Peter Hale.

 

 

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 Route Tour, travelling around by service buses for a day in order to get a feel for the chosen area's operations and vehicles.

Other Events

5 August 2018: Open day at Arriva Midlands Garage, Aldergate, Tamworth.

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.

East Midlands Bus Enthusiasts Group

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 most welcome to take part in them.  If you would like more information about EMBEG and its activities, please contact us - see below.

And also ...

You may be interested to know that two of the research centres of The Bus Archive are in the Midlands - at Walsall and Droitwich.

 

Contact Us

Chairman - Geoff Lusher.  Geoff.Lusher@omnibus-society.org

Secretary - Mike Baylis.     mike_baylis@btinternet.com