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Old 8th February 2011
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East midlands meet??

I'm getting quite jealous of all these meets being arranged.

Is anyone in the Notts/Derby/Leicester area up for a meet?
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Re: East midlands meet??

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I'm quite often dragged up to Birmingham to see the mother-in-law. If there is the opportunity to sneak out for half a day, I'm up for it. Personally love to stroll in the Peak's when I'm "up north".

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Re: East midlands meet??

Well, I live in Nottm, and my name's Simpson, so we must have something in common!
Problem is I live in Brittany most of the time, but if it works that I'm over when you have a meet arranged would love to come along.

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Re: East midlands meet??

I'm not far away either, so if there's anything being arranged keep us informed, it would be good to see you again Homer.

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Re: East midlands meet??

Depending on when/where, yes I would be very interested. I tend to go over to the east coast (parent visiting) every couple of weeks, but I'm sure with enough notice I could get "time off".
I'm just south of Nottingham ( a couple of miles outside the city)

So name the place and time
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Re: East midlands meet??

Some responses then?

So........ do we:

Leave until the fine weather & hope for lots of attendees as we can free diary space.
Do something soon just to kick things off & see how it goes.
Where? obviously I'd like it near me but anywhere within say 1.5 hours travel.
What - landscape/built environment/nature/other

This might be too soon to plan, but there is a Steam gala on 26 & 27th Feb at Great Central Railway http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/Events.aspx?ID=322

Although it's about a mile from home I've not been there for years & never taken chuffer-train pictures in my life. So I might tootle down there on the Saturday.

The main Station is about 3-4 miles from Juntion 23 of the M1, although I think I might go to Quorn station (no further from the M1) which is easily accessible & usually easy car parking.
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Re: East midlands meet??

Funnily enough I passed the Great Central Railway place today, I had to visit a certain Tesco which if I remember rightly is just around the corner from a certain Homer chappies place.

It could be a great place to meet, for spring there's always the blubells or snowdrops to take photos of, are there any woods nearby where there are some good photo opportunities?
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Re: East midlands meet??

I won't be able to make the 26/27 as I've already have arrangements.

What this has reminded me is I wanted to go up to the tram museum at Crich at some point. Haven't been their since I was a kid and their have lots of theme weekend over the summer which look like they could be good photo opportunities.


http://www.tramway.co.uk/events/64/events-calendar


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Re: East midlands meet??

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I won't be able to make the 26/27 as I've already have arrangements.

What this has reminded me is I wanted to go up to the tram museum at Crich at some point. Haven't been their since I was a kid and their have lots of theme weekend over the summer which look like they could be good photo opportunities.


http://www.tramway.co.uk/events/64/events-calendar


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Simon,
Thats on my to do list too.
Maybe july /aug time??
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Re: East midlands meet??

Regards Bluebells, there are several places around here - over in the Charnwood hills

I have access to several reserves so I'll check this out

IIRC best time around here is mid to end April
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Re: East midlands meet??

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Maybe an earlier or later event will be better for the Tramway museum, try and keep away from the school summer holidays which could make to too busy.

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Re: East midlands meet??

I'm in Derby so would like to come if dates suitable. Bluebells sounds a good idea if they are in profusion. I went to the GWR event some years ago. It isn't cheap but is usually big and busy enough to have plenty of things/people to shoot.
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I went to the GWR event some years ago. It isn't cheap but is usually big and busy enough to have plenty of things/people to shoot.
Don't worry I'm not buying a travel ticket .
The car park at Quorn is free (I'm not positive it is when special events are on, however). There is ample opportunity from there. Also I know a few remote roads where the line goes under bridges.
All thats needed is a sunny day

Anyone care to join me on the Saturday about 11 -12 ?
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Re: East midlands meet??

With all the new folks from hereabouts joining the forum I thought I'd bump this up.

How about a meet on Saturday 16th April, at the Great Central Railway station at Quorn

http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/location.aspx#Quorn

I'm suggesting the date & location because:


Its close to me & I happen to have nothing planned
I think its fairly central for East Midland Forum members
Its about 10 mins from the M1 (see the link for details)
The large car park is free & there is not an special event on that weeked (so less crowded).
We can chat & photo Trains & the surroundings
There is a cafe & toilets
There is a number of nature reserves etc within about 3-4 miles.

There is a good pub with food about 50 yards away
http://restauranteatingoutloughborough.co.uk/


If this date/location doesn't suit feel free to suggest options or indeed hi jack the thread.
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Re: East midlands meet??

I should be in the UK then, so would I'm sure I could come along to this. Quorn isn't far from me, and I used to be at Kibworth as a student many moons ago.

If anyone is intereted, I can bring along some of my exotica gear for people to try - the three f2 lenses of 14-35, 150, and 35-100. I never fail to be more stunned by the IQ of these, & would be more than happy for Oly users to try them out in real world situations.

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Don't worry I'm not buying a travel ticket .
The car park at Quorn is free (I'm not positive it is when special events are on, however). There is ample opportunity from there. Also I know a few remote roads where the line goes under bridges.
All thats needed is a sunny day

Anyone care to join me on the Saturday about 11 -12 ?
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