If you're interested in buses in any part of Central England, we can help you get more from your hobby.
We are particularly proud of our monthly Midland Branch Bulletin. It contains comprehensive details of bus service changes and developments made by every operator large and small throughout the Midlands, along with photos and regular Route Observations.
To download a free sample Midland Branch Bulletin click here.
To mark the 90th anniversary of Stratford Blue starting up in the Bard’s town of Stratford-upon-Avon, Stagecoach Midlands repainted Alexander Enviro 400 bodied Scania 15675 in traditional Stratford Blue livery, which it still carries. And 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.
This year we are holding some meetings physically and some online using Zoom. YouTube videos or PDF versions of our speaker talks held on Zoom are on our Meetings Notes page - click here to see them.
In normal times, 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.
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.
During the Summer and Autumn we normally 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. We also do a Route Tour each year, travelling around by service buses for a day in order to get a feel for an area's operations and vehicles.
Meetings also give you the chance to meet fellow bus enthusiasts - and make new friends. We have almost 200 members with interests in all aspects of the hobby, so whatever your particular interest you will find people who share it with you. We will make you welcome.
The Midland Branch covers Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands.
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.
You may be interested to know that two research centres of The Bus Archive are in the Midlands - at Walsall and Droitwich. The Omnibus Society has a close relationship with The Bus Archive, and you will be made very welcome if you are interested in researching or volunteering.