Midland Group

stanley midland july 06 007The Midland Group caters for members who generally live in the Midlands area, however, all G1MRA Members are welcome to join. The group was initially set up in the early 1980’s to design and build a Gauge One exhibition layout called ‘Stanley Midland’.

See bottom of this page for their contact details.

Stanley Midland is the flag ship of the Midland Group and is ‘worked’ at all the major Model Engineering Exhibitions and Shows. A monumental layout, having two main running lines for both live steam and battery operation, a comprehensive steaming bay, shunting sidings, platforms and many other features, including an array of authentic railway buildings and figures.  Being under constant improvement for the benefit of those who use it…..or just view it, all Members are invited to enjoy and share in the experience of being part of this unique heritage.

At exhibitions where floor space is limited, we have a static display stand with a video player to give the general public a flavour of ‘Gauge One’.

The highlight of the Midland Group calendar is the annual Midland Model Engineering Exhibition.  The layout is organised and run by Midland Group Members, with assistance from G1MRA Members. Each year well over 50 operators, and more than 100 locomotives are in action over the duration of the show. In addition to this the Midland Group attends the Warley Exhibition at the NEC and the Large Scale Model Rail Exhibition held at the “Fosse” in Warwickshire.

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Summer events are held at various garden railways belonging to our Members, who kindly open their gardens and extend warm hospitality to all that attend. For members without a loco, the Midland Group offers two ways to get “hands on”.  For electric propulsion fans, there is a radio controlled Bachmann Jinty.  For those that want to try live steam, a Fowler 4F loco (The Project) was constructed by Midland Group members and is available to run at any event….it is there to be used!  Advice and or tuition from experienced members is always available.

Although owned by the main association, the Midland Group also looks after a rake of BR MK 1 carmine and cream coaches, plus a train of freight wagons so there is something to haul at events.

There is a Committee, which sits four times a year to discuss matters relating to the Group, with an AGM held in February.

The AGM is combined with an indoor running session, where privately owned portable tracks are erected for the enjoyment of Members.

All Midland Members receive an invitation to the AGM and a ‘News Sheet’. Also enclosed is a ‘Diary Sheet’ detailing all the calendar events throughout the following 12 months. This allows every Member to plan their year around Gauge One………..after seeking permission of course! The ‘News Sheet’ reports on achievements and brings Members up to date on Stanley Midland and other topics of interest within the Group.

stanley midland july 06 043There is a subscription of £3 payable on 1st January, which runs for the year, but you must be a member of G1MRA first.

You may well ask!……”Why do I need to pay a further subscription when I’ve just paid the G1MRA fee” ?……well, we have to cover the cost of postage, printing etc, plus expenses for maintenance, insurance and development of Stanley Midland.

Members are encouraged to help and get involved in setting up Stanley Midland and also in its maintenance. Even though its construction is of a robust nature, it does suffer the rigours of transportation and heavy usage.

Finally, there exists within the Group a wealth of knowledge and experience on all aspects of Gauge One, whether it involves machining, silver soldering, painting & lining, trouble shooting, problems when running, etc, etc………..rest assured, someone has ‘been there’ and are only too willing to help!

If you are interested in joining the ‘Midland Group’ (remember, you must be a Member of G1MRA first!) then please:

Contacts: Jamie Wilde – wilde917@outlook.com and Steve Andrews – sandrews55@outlook.com

Contact details for these people available in the Members Area.

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