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Birmingham March 2019 Meet, 23 / 03 / 2019
Basic Details
Signing Up To Attend
How To Get There
Train
Bus
Coach
Car
Facilities and Venue Details
Venue
Food
Drink
WiFi
Room Layout
The Meet
Times
Entrance Fee
What's Included
Where To Stay
Friday night
Saturday night
Sunday
Simulations In Use
West Yorkshire
Sheffield (ROC)
Sandhills (Merseyrail)
The Group Photo
Other attendees who missed the photo
What Actually Happened

Birmingham March 2019 Meet, 23/03/2019

Basic Details

Soloman Cutler, Birmingham

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  • Date: Saturday 23rd. March 2019
  • Time: 12noon to 6pm
  • Location: Soloman Cutler, Regency Wharf, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2DS.
  • Price: No admission charge
  • The Soloman Cutler web-site

Signing Up To Attend

If you wish to attend, please sign up through the Birmingham Meet item in the Upcoming Events section of the web-site. If you sign up then find you cannot attend, please go back to the sign-up page and cancel your registration.

How To Get There

The venue is a short walk from all three main Birmingham Stations (New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill). A map of the venue and surrounding areas can be viewed here on Google Maps.

To walk to the venue from New Street Station, leave by the exits to Stephenson Street and turn left. Follow straight ahead, crossing Hill Street and going under the Queensway Flyover. Once under the flyover turn right and walk uphill past the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Arena Centre office building on your left. Turn left onto Broad Street and the Soloman Cutler (also confusingly branded as Lloyds Bar) is on your left opposite the Symphony Hall. It is about 10 minutes walk from New Street.

Train

New Street is served from London Euston by Virgin Trains and London Midland . New Street is also the hub of the CrossCountry network with trains to and from various parts of the country. In addition New Street is the centre a local network covering the West and East Midlands as well as longer inter-urban journeys.

Snow Hill and Moor Street are served by direct services from London Marylebone operated by Chiltern Railways as well as a network of local services within the West Midlands.

Bus

It's almost certainly quicker to walk, but for those with limited mobility, the number 9 bus to Stourbridge departs from Colmore Row from just outside Snow Hill station. The buses back into the City Centre still go down Broad Street. For a shorter walk, alight at Birmingham Moor Street and walk through the Bull Ring and catch the 22,23,24 or 29 from Stop NS6 in Smallbrook Queensway (Outside Debenhams)

From New Street you can catch the 22,23,24 or 29 from Stop NS6 in Smallbrook Queensway (Outside Debenhams, Bull Ring shopping centre. These stop either side of the Spoons in question.

Coach

Megabus and National Express coaches operate services between Birmingham and many parts of the country,

Car

There is no parking at the pub itself however there is street parking in the adjacent side streets and long-stay car parks nearby at the MailBox and Town Hall - SatNav users are advised to use the postcode B1 2DS. If you're staying overnight then your hotel or B&B might have parking.

Facilities and Venue Details

Venue

The venue is a Wetherspoons house and has a large downstairs bar. There is also a smaller upstairs bar. The meet will take place in a reserved area using the mezzanine floor of the upstairs bar. This is the area behind the windows above and to the left of The Soloman Cutler signage in the photo heading this page.

View from the mezzanine area towards the bar View of the mezzanine area

There is also ample seating immediately outside the reserved area for those who wish to socialise rather than running a sim.

Food

No buffet will be provided. However, the usual Wetherspoons menu is available and food can be ordered from the upstairs bar.

Drink

Prices TBC. As is usual with Wetherspoons houses, the pub has a good range of cask beers as well as the usual lagers, fizzy ciders and "smooth" beers.

WiFi

Free WiFi network available for the multiplay session. This network will not have internet access but other WiFi networks with internet access are available at the venue.

Room Layout

TBC

The Meet

Times

The venue is open during usual Wetherspoon hours. Those with laptops for use by the SimSig public, please arrive sometime between 11:30 and 12:00 to set up. Those without laptops are welcome to come into the bar as soon as they wish, but please wait before moving into the Meet area so that things can be set up and ready.

Entrance Fee

No entrance fee will be charged for this meet. However, it would be helpful if anyone wishing to attend could sign up once the meet appears in the Future Events section so that we can keep track of how many are coming and whether we have enough laptops and other kit for multiplay. If you do sign up then find you are unable to attend please go back to the sign-up page and cancel your registration.

What's Included

Reserved area for meet, shared access to multiplayer simulations.

Where To Stay

As a major city with international trade, Birmingham offers a wide range of accommodation from B&B to 5*. Both Travelodge and Premier Inn have several hotels in and around the area. Wetherspoons also offer accommodation at their other Birmingham City Centre site, the Briar Rose .

Please offer other recommendations if you know of further suitable accommodation.

Friday night

Please offer recommendations. Previous meets have included for example a meal at a Mexican restaurant followed by drinks at one or more local pubs. That is not included in the entrance fee for the meet!

Saturday night

The meet is often followed by dinner in an Indian restaurant which usually starts fairly soon after the close of the meet at 18:00. Suggestions for a suitable venue would be welcomed. If you wish to go on for the meal after the meet, please tick the box on the sign up page so we have an idea of numbers and can select a suitable venue.

Sunday

There is no visit arranged to date.

Simulations In Use

West Yorkshire

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West Yorkshire - Full Sized

Sheffield (ROC)

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Sheffield (ROC) - Full Sized

Sandhills (Merseyrail)

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Sandhills (Merseyrail) - Full Sized

The Group Photo

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No. Name Username No. Name Username No. Name Username No. Name Username
1 Chris ("Gary") tlib 7 Pascal 58050 13 James jimmyj5579 19 Dave IrishDave
2 Sam SamTDS 8 Andrew Andrew G 14 Andy AndyG 20 Adam Tempest Malice
3 Joe jc92 9 James JamesN 15 Tony tjfrancis 21 Praveen TheDon
4 Simon bellybuster 10 Jamie 9pN1SEAp 16 Nathan y10g9 22 Alan agilchrist
5 Andy Ginger 11 Clive clive 17 Ian Ianno
6 John postal 12 Andy andyb0607 18 Thomas Edgemaster

Other attendees who missed the photo

Name Username
Karl headshot119 Photo taker
John Meld "Convenient" smoke break
Matt mfcooper
Alex ajax103
Andy AndyNTH
Bill bill_gensheet
James Lordmwa

What Actually Happened

Work in Progress

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Laptop Number Host/Client Simulation(s) Panel(s) Note(s)
1 Host West Yorkshire
2 Host Sheffield & Sandhills IECC
3 Client Sheffield Barnsley, Woolley Coal Sdgs Workstation later abolished, control transferring to Laptop 4.
4 Client Sheffield Woodburn Jn
5 Client Sheffield Rotherham 2, Beighton Stn Jn, Woodhouse Jn
6 Client Sheffield Rotherham 1
7 Client Sheffield Sheffield
8 Client Sandhills IECC Northern
9 Client Sandhills IECC Wirral
10 Client West Yorkshire Wakefield Kirkgate
11 Client West Yorkshire Castleford & Prince of Wales
12 Client West Yorkshire Horbury Junction
13 Client West Yorkshire Ferrybridge
14 Client West Yorkshire Milford
15 Client West Yorkshire xx
16 Standalone King's Cross All 1955 Steam Timetable
17 Standalone

Last edited by mfcooper on 26/03/2019 at 21:19