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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 meetings, 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.

August 2018
18th South Hants Group all day workshop
This is our regular all day Saturday workshop. Members can bring along anything they are working on or are having difficulty with.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 10:00
19th East Scotland Decoder workshop
Fitting DCC decoders to locos.

If people that would like to have a bash at fitting one on the day could bring their gear and whatever loco they want converting (including the chip).
We can have a hands on session after the introduction on how fitting is achieved.
There is only one proviso about being able to fit a chip on the day and that is where a chip can't be fitted due to the body or chassis frame needing milling as this would need the use of jigs and a milling machine.
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Venue: West Calder Community Centre EH55 8DZ
Time: 10:30
September 2018
1st Somerset Area Group meeting
Work will continue on the group project with further work on kits to be used.

Venue: St James Church, Preston Road, Yeovil
Time: 10:00
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
see the posts here: https://www.merg.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=7777&start=25
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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.
see the posts here:
https://www.merg.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=225&t=7659#p76403
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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
13th South Hants Area group evening meeting.
This is our regular Monthly Thursday evening meeting.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 19:30
15th South Hants Area group all day workshop
This is our monthly all day workshop' where members from any area can come along and get help and advice or bring projects they are working on. There are several workbenches available for people who wish to do soldering or other activities requiring a workbench,

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 10:00
15th Yorkshire Area group
There will be a "Tilting" session devoted to APT-E related issues - all are welcome

Kit Spackman and Paul Leadley from the APT-E preservation group are coming to talk to us and in addition we will be discussing Rapido produced and other 3D printed models.

Venue: Nidec SR Drives in Harrogate, HG3 1PR
Time: 11:00
29th East Midlands area group meeting


Venue: Venue and agenda TBA
Time: 10:00
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
6th Somerset Area Group meeting
Work will continue on the group project with further work on kits to be used.

Venue: St James Church, Preston Road, Yeovil
Time: 10:00
11th South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our regular monthly meeting, where members can discuss matters of interest and work on their own repairs or projects.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 19:30
13th West Midlands Area Group
More details to follow

Venue: Titford Pump House, Engine street. OLDBURY
Time: 10:00
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
20th South Hants Area Group Saturday workshop
This is our monthly workshop, where members have use of several workbenches so they can work on projects, get help and advice as necessary, generally socialise, all with copious amounts of tea/ coffee and biscuits.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 10:00
November 2018
3rd Somerset Area Group meeting
Work will continue on the group project with further work on kits to be used.

Venue: St James Church, Preston Road, Yeovil
Time: 10:00
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 Annual General Meeting and London Members' Meeting
Open to members from any location, meeting programme to be arranged. The AGM will precede the London Members' Meeting

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
8th South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our regular monthly meeting, where members can discuss subjects of interest and any projects they are working on. there are also several workbenches available for members to use.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 19:30
9th 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
10th South Hants Area Group Saturday workshop
This is our regular all day workshop, which has been moved forward one week as we are attending an exhibition on 17th. All members are welcome. There will be numerous workbenches available as well as lots of tea/coffee and biscuits.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 10:00
10th Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Area Group
First presentation in our "CBUS Soup to Nuts" series.
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Venue: Leamington and Warwick MRS Clubroom
Time: 10:00
17th East Midlands area group meeting


Venue: Venue and agenda TBA
Time: 10:00
December 2018
13th South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our regular monthly meeting.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 19:30
15th South Hants Area Group Saturday workshop
This is our regular Saturday workshop and, as it is our last meeting before Christmas, there may well be cakes! Any members wishing to bring along a cake are welcome to do so.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 10:00
January 2019
10th South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our regular monthly meeting.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 19:30
13th West Midlands Area Group
more details to follow

Venue: Titford Pump House, Engine street, OLDBURY
Time: 10:00
19th South Hants Area Group Saturday workshop
This is our regular Saturday workshop, however, as the following weekend is the SMRS exhibition, some of our time may be spent in preparation for that.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 10:00
26th Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Area Group Meeting.
On our third anniversary, a CBUS update will be presented by Peter Brownlow.
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Venue: LWMRS Clubrooms, Knightcote, Warks
Time: 10:00
March 2019
30th Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Area Group
Third Presentation in the "CBUS from Soup to Nuts" series
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Venue: Leamington and Warwick MRS Clubroom
Time: 10:00

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

September 2018
Andover Model Railway Club Exhibition
The Merg South Hants Group will have a stand at this exhibition.

Venue: John Hanson School Andover, Hampshire. SP10 3PB
Date: 01-02 September
Soar Valley Model Railway Club
Heart of the Midlands Model Railway Exhibition
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Venue: Loughborough Grammar School, LE11 2DU
Date: 01-02 September
Railway Enthusiasts’ Club 2018 Model Railway Exhibition
Sat 8 Sep 10:30 to 17:30, Sun 9 Sep 10:00 to 17:00. Rodney Hills M1301 with The Metropolitan Junction Railway, pioneering EM gauge layout by the late D.A. Williams; plus vintage controller display. At least: 24 layouts, 22 traders, 8 demos, 9 societies.
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Venue: Woking Leisure Centre, Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9BA.
Date: 08-09 September
Worthing MRC Exhibition
This is Worthing Model Railway Club's Annual show, and for the first time Merg will have a stand at this show, manned by the guys from the South Hants Area Group.

Venue: Durrington High Scool,The Boulevard, Worthing, West Sussex,, BN13 1LA
Date: 29-30 September
October 2018
Swansea Railway Modellers Group
Layouts from South Wales and beyond.
Trader and society stands.
Demonstrations.
Fun for all ages.
Parking alongside LC.
Wheel-chair friendly venue.
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Venue: LC Swansea Oystermouth Road Swansea SA1 3ST
Date: 06-07 October
Aldershot Model Railway Show
The South Hants Area group are delighted to have been invited back to the Annual Farnham and District Model Railway Club exhibition. Merg members will be on hand to explain the Merg systems to vistors, and also offer hands on soldering tuition to any visitors wishing to learn.

Venue: Alderwood Leisure Centre, Aldershot, Hampshire. GU12 4AS
Date: 13-14 October
Cardiff Model Railway Exhibition
Layouts in all major scales, Demonstrators, Traders and Preservation Societies.

Hot and cold refreshments. Free Parking
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Venue: Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf (former Glantaff High School) Bridge Road, Landaf North, Cardiff CF14 2JL.
Date: 20-21 October
November 2018
South Hampshire Model Railway Club exhibition
The Mereg South Hants Area group will have a stand at this show.

Venue: Admiral Lord Nelson School, Dundas Lane, Portsmouth. PO3 5XT
Date: 17-Nov
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
January 2019
Southampton Model Railway Society exhibition
Merg will have a room at this exhibition, manned by members of the South Hants Area group. We will be looking for demonstration units etc from other groups in order to put on a varied display of Merg equipment.

Venue: Barton Peverill Colleg, Eastleigh, Hampshire. SO50 5BX
Date: 26-27 January
March 2019
Leamington and Warwick MRS Annual Show
44th Annual Show.
Trade and layout stands.
MERG stand.
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Venue: Royal Leamington Spa College (aka Warwickshire College)
Date: 02-03 March
Basingstoke and North Hants Model Railway Society Exhibition
The Merg South Hants Area Group will have a stand at this show. Assistance from Thames Valley Group would be most welcome.

Venue: Aldworth Science College, Basingstoke, Hampshire. RG22 6HQ
Date: 09-Mar
May 2019
EXPO EM Spring 2019
Following the success of our stand at the last EXPO EM, the Merg South Hants Group have been invited to have a stand at this exhibition. Help from members of the Thames Valley Group would be much appreciated.

Venue: Bracknell Leisure Cnetre, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, Berkshire. RG12 9SE
Date: 18-19 May

Training courses

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.
Click for more details

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: 09-12 November