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Model Electronic Railway Group

Leading Model Railway Electronics since 1967

Over 50 years of Innovation: 1967-2018

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.

April 2018
21st MERG South Hants (Southampton) Area Group workshop
Monthly Saturday workshop
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Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 09:45
21st London Area Group


Venue: Keen House Calshot St London
Time: 10:00
21st London Members meeting
Open to members from any location, meeting programme to be arranged

Venue: Keen House,Kings Cross
Time: 13:30
21st MERG Aberdeen Area Group meeting
AG revival meeting at Aberdeen Model Railway Club on the Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust site at 14:00 on Saturday 21st April.
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Venue: Aberdeen MRC clubrooms
Time: 14:00
29th MERG West Midlands Area Group Meeting
Our next meeting Pete Brownlow will talk on
1.CANMIO - latest developments.

What it is and its uses.
Various daughter boards & configurations available
introduction to the new universal firmware.

2. Using JMRI with CBUS

Briefly cover what it is
Connections to CBUS using CANMIO with examples


Venue: Titford Pump House, Engine Street, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 4NL
Time: 10:00
May 2018
1st Thames Valley Area Group meeting
7 to 10pm; start at 7:30 - Meeting details emailed out week before

Venue: Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1JN
Time: 19:00
11th Introduction to CBUS Weekend Course
A weekend course for those completely new to CBUS. Scroll down to the bottom of this diary page for full details of all courses.

Venue: Rushden Transport Museum - 11th-14th May
Time: 08:00
13th East Scotland Workshop
A vibrant mix of tutored skills as we look to complete our first display from scratch. The aim is for you to be helped through the bits you feel you need help in - not the bits you feel you can already do. Expert help and advice available at all times.
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Venue: West Calder Community Centre EH55 8DZ
Time: 10:30
26th East Midlands Area Group meeeting
East Midlands Area group meeting (Note change of date). Featuring Ian Hogg on Universal CANMIO firmware and Howard Watkins on 3D printing.
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Venue: Wansford NVR (near Peterborough)
Time: 10:00
June 2018
2nd Warwickshire and North Oxfordshire Area Group Meeting
Simon West will describe how DUXBURY, an existing LWMRS 00 Gauge DC exhibition layout has been revitalised using MERG CBUS. Workshops in the afternoon.
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Venue: LWMRS Clubroom, Knightcote
Time: 10:00
2nd London Area Group
London area group, open to all members, any location, will start very short business followed by workshop which may include demos
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Venue: Keen House,Kings Cross
Time: 10:30
2nd London Members meeting
Open to members from any location, meeting programme to be arranged

Venue: Keen House,Kings Cross
Time: 13:30
5th Thames Valley Area Group meeting
7 to 10pm; start at 7:30 - Meeting details emailed out week before

Venue: Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1JN
Time: 19:00
29th More CBUS Weekend Course
Follow on CBUS course, for those who already have a good understanding of the basics. Scroll down to the bottom of this diary page for full details of all courses.

Venue: Rushden Transport Museum - 29th June - 2nd July
Time: 08:00
July 2018
3rd Thames Valley Area Group meeting
7 to 10pm; start at 7:30 - Meeting details emailed out week before

Venue: Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1JN
Time: 19:00
15th East Midlands Area Group meeeting
Our regular meeting by the seaside kindly hosted by Judi, our kit sale manager. We're trying a Sunday this year for a change. More details to follow.

Venue: Sutton on Sea
Time: 10:00
August 2018
7th Thames Valley Area Group meeting
7 to 10pm; start at 7:30 - Meeting details emailed out week before

Venue: Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1JN
Time: 19:00
September 2018
1st London Area Group
London area group, open to all members, any location, will start very short business followed by workshop which may include demos
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Venue: Keen House,Kings Cross
Time: 10:30
1st London Members meeting
Open to members from any location, meeting programme to be arranged

Venue: Keen House,Kings Cross
Time: 13:30
4th Thames Valley Area Group meeting
7 to 10pm; start at 7:30 - Meeting details emailed out week before

Venue: Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1JN
Time: 19:00
October 2018
2nd Thames Valley Area Group meeting
7 to 10pm; start at 7:30 - Meeting details emailed out week before

Venue: Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1JN
Time: 19:00
5th Introduction to JMRI Weekend Course
Introduction to JMRI, assuming no previous knowledge. Scroll down to the bottom of this diary page for full details of all courses.

Venue: Rushden Transport Museum - 5th to 8th October
Time: 08:00
19th Introduction to JMRI Weekend Course
Introduction to JMRI, assuming no previous knowledge - run as part of the Missenden Railway Modellers autumn weekend. Scroll down to the bottom of this diary page for full details of all courses.

Venue: Missenden Abbey
Time: 16:00
November 2018
2nd JMRI part 2 Weekend Course
JMRI layout software part 2 - Scroll down to the bottom of this diary page for full details of all courses.

Venue: Rushden Transport Museum
Time: 16:00
3rd London Area Group
London area group, open to all members, any location, will start very short business followed by workshop which may include demos
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Venue: Keen House,Kings Cross
Time: 10:30
3rd london Members meeting
Open to members from any location, meeting programme to be arranged

Venue: keen House,Kings Cross
Time: 13:30
6th Thames Valley Area Group meeting
7 to 10pm; start at 7:30 - Meeting details emailed out week before

Venue: Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1JN
Time: 19:00

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

May 2018
Bristol (Thornbury) Exhibition
Merg will have a stall there including demonstrations of kit building and kits in use for DC, DCC control with CBus and other systems plus application of RFID and small video cameras
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Venue: Thornbury Leisure Centre
Date: 04-06 May
November 2018
Warley National 2018
MERG will again have a stand at the Warley Show for 2018.
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Venue: Hall 5 NEC Birmingham
Date: 24-25 November

Training courses

May 2018
Introduction to CBUS Weekend Course
A weekend course for those completely new to CBUS. Will cover basic principles assuming no prior knowledge, choosing CBUS modules, setting up, SLiM and FLiM, building modules, wiring etc. There will be theory and practical sessions.
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Venue: Rushden Transport Museum
Date: 11-14 May
June 2018
More CBUS Weekend Course
Follow on CBUS course, for those who already have a good understanding of the basics. We will cover Control Panels, diode matrices, the new flexible CANMIO firmware, teaching producer events, long/short events, interpreting the message monitor & more. There will be theory and practical sessions.
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Venue: Rushden Transport Museum
Date: 29 June-02 July
July 2018
CBUS Summer Workshop
Summer workshop about CBUS, assuming no prior knowledge.
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Venue: Strode College, Street, Somerset
Date: 10-11 July
October 2018
Introduction to JMRI Weekend Course
Introduction to JMRI weekend course, assuming no previous knowledge.
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Venue: Rushden Transport Museum
Date: 05-08 October
Introduction to JMRI Weekend Course
Introduction to JMRI, assuming no previous knowledge - run as part of the Missenden Railway Modellers autumn weekend. There will also be other electronics related courses run by MERG tutors.
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Venue: Missenden Abbey
Date: 19-21 October
November 2018
JMRI part 2 Weekend Course
JMRI layout software part 2 - Routing, logic and signalling. For those who are fluent with the basics of JMRI and want to take it further. Bring your laptop to follow along as we go.
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Venue: Rushden Transport Museum
Date: 02-05 November