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Model Electronic Railway Group

Leading Model Railway Electronics since 1967

Celebrating 50 years of Innovation: 1967-2017

This page lists forthcoming meeting, exhibitions and courses.

MERG Meeting Programme

Prospective new members are welcome to attend any of the following meetings to discuss MERG and meet those involved.

January 2017
22nd East Anglia Area Group Meeting
The January meeting is intended to flesh out the programme for the rest of the year in terms of locations, dates and times. It will have a 'show and tell' element so please bring anything that you have built and are proud of, anything that you can't get to work properly and need help with.

Venue: Stanton Community Village Hall, Stanton, Suffolk, IP31 2BX
Time: 09:30
28th Warwickshire and North Oxfordshire Area Group Meeting
The first meeting of 2017 and the 50th year of MERG.
There will be a new format for the meeting - watch the forum for announcement and agenda.

Venue: Leamington and Warwick MRS Clubroom
Time: 10:00
28th East Midlands Area Group meeeting
Topics will include a Speedometer using an Arduino and more on automation with JMRI.
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Venue: Syston Model Railway Club
Time: 10:00
February 2017
18th Members Meeting
1. Ian Hart introduces the new CAN WiPi
2. Martin Perry Masterclass on Designing Printed Circuit boards with DesignSpark Part 1

Venue: Keen House, London
Time: 13:30
March 2017
4th Warwickshire and North Oxfordshire Area Group Meeting
WNO Area Group meeting to be held in conjunction with the Leamington and Warwick MRS 48th Annual Exhibition.

Venue: Royal Leamington Spa College (aka Warwickshire College)
Time: 10:00
April 2017
8th Members Meeting
Martin Perry Masterclass on Designing Printed Circuit boards with DesignSpark Part2

Venue: Keen House, London. Room available from 12.00
Time: 13:30
May 2017
6th Introduction to JMRI Panel Pro weekend course
A weekend course for getting started with JMRI Panel Pro

Scroll to the bottom of this diary page for details of courses

Venue: Wansford NVR (near Peterborough)
Time: 09:00
June 2017
10th Members meeting


Venue: Keen House London. Room available from 12.00
Time: 13:30
September 2017
9th Members meeting


Venue: Keen House London. Room available from 12.00
Time: 13:30
November 2017
11th AGM & Members Meeting
AGM followed by members meeting

Venue: Keen House, London
Time: 13:30

Keen House is the headquarters of The Model Railway Club. It is located just off Pentonville Road at 4, Calshot Street, Kings Cross, London N1, which is about 10 minutes walk from Kings Cross station or 15 minutes from the Angel. Details on other venues can be obtained by clicking the venue link.

MERG Attended Shows

January 2017
Southampton Model Railway Society
Annual Southampton Model Railway Society show with 20 quality layouts, with well known traders from around the country. MERG will be in attendance with a stand manned by members of the South Hampshire Area Group.
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Venue: Barton Peveril College, Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5ZA
Date: 28-29 January
February 2017
The Festival of British Railway Modelling
Over 30-handpicked layouts with a 'Best of British' theme and purchasing must-have items in a variety of major scales and gauges from over 80 quality traders.
MERG will be in attendance at stand 115A.
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Venue: Doncaster Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, Doncaster, DN2 6BB
Date: 11-12 February
March 2017
Leamington and Warwick MRS Exhibition
48th Annual Show.
Trade and layout stands. Featuring Kineton, the new n-gauge layout of LWMRS controlled by MERG CBUS and MERG DCC.
MERG stand celebrating 50 years.
MEET THE COMMITTEE Meeting for MERG Members.

Venue: Leamington College
Date: 04-05 March
The London Festival of Railway Modelling
The London Festival of Railway Modelling returns to Alexandra Palace its 18th year. With 40+ hand-picked layouts from around the globe on display, there will also be in excess of 100 exhibitors to browse and purchase from.
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Venue: Alexandra Palace, London
Date: 25-26 March
April 2017
North Down MRS Model Fxhibition
North Down MRS Annual Model Exhibition. Takes place in Bangor Grammar School, Gransha Road, Bangor, Co. Down BT19 7QU Northern Ireland.
Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5.
MERG NI Area group will be there celebrating MERG's 50th Birthday.
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Venue: Bangor Grammar School
Date: 22-23 April

Training courses

May 2017
Introduction to JMRI Panel Pro weekend course
A weekend course for getting started with JMRI Panel Pro - assumes no prior knowledge

Full details to follow - watch this space!

Venue: Wansford NVR (near Peterborough)
Date: 06-08 May
October 2017
MERG Missenden Weekend
Focusing particularly on the hands-on side of modelling, our Autumn Weekend consistently delivers leading-edge thinking. Multiple course options are available to help you gain a better understanding of some of the key aspects of the hobby.
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Venue: Missenden Abbey
Date: 20-22 October