MERG (Model Electronic Railway Group) is an international, UK based group promoting interest in the application of electronics (including computers) to all aspects of railway modelling.
Founded in 1967, the Group’s aim is to actively promote and advance the use of electronic and computer technology for model railway operation. Railway modelling, one of the world’s most popular hobbies is ideally suited to take advantage of these technologies, and the application of electronics and computers can be used to good effect to add enhanced features and realism to model railway operation including:
- Command control (DCC and/or computer interfacing)
- Train-on-track detection
- Scenic effects
As might be expected, scale or gauge are largely immaterial.
The Group provides opportunities for adults (18 and over) interested in the application of electronics and computers in Railway Modelling to broaden their knowledge and share information and ideas. We do this through a regular journal and many Technical Bulletins published by members for members, by our forum and email discussion groups and by a programme of meetings and visits. We also provide tutors for weekend courses held at Missenden Abbey. For further details of forthcoming courses see the Meetings page.
Where appropriate kits for construction of member designed equipment are made available to members, currrently these include Computer Control, Layout Control and DCC equipment.
To whet your appetite pdf copies of a recent Journal and the Technical Bulletin that was the subject of our very first kit can be downloaded from the following links:
The Group actively seeks to participate at UK Model Railway Exhibitions where we are able to provide a working demonstration stand manned by our members who will discuss and demonstrate to visitors various aspects of our sphere of interest.
Much information is available on this site, including beginners' tutorials, membership details, information on available kits and technical bulletins. More detailed technical information will be found on the resources pages and the 'links' page will take you to many other related sites. Use the links in the index above to navigate the site.
For further information on joining the group please see the membership page.