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Model Electronic Railway Group

The Leading Society for Model Railway Electronics

Over 50 years of Innovation: 1967-2020

This page lists forthcoming meetings, exhibitions and courses.

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 Meeting Programme

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

April 2020
4th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO ISSUES CAUSED BY COVID-19 However a virtual meeting has been set up starting at 09:30 and will be by invitation only. If you want to attend but have never visited the group then please send a message to the group. Allan Geekie will present an overview of MERG and Ron Pluck will be presenting the first in a series of Basic Electronics lectures with visual aids.
Venue:
Now online due to COVID-19
4th
Time: 10:30
POSTPONED: London Area Group
POSTPONED
the committee is teleconferencing due to the coronavirus.
Venue:
Keen House, Kings Cross
4th
Time: 13:30
Postponed : Members meeting in London

The committee will be teleconferencing and therefore not doing the talks.

Venue:
Keen House, Kings Cross
4th
Time: 14:00
Northern Ireland Area Group Meeting - CANCELLED
Venue:
Cooke Church Hall, Park Road, Belfast
7th
Time: 19:00
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue:
Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
9th
Time: 19:30
South Hants Area Group meeting -CANCELLED
This is our regular monthly Thursday evening meeting. Any Merg members are welcome to attend.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
11th
Time: 10:00
Tayside Area Group Meeting
Come along and join other members in building modules and our first demo board. There will be time to ask questions about any aspect of MERG's activities.
Venue:
The Friary, Tullideph Road,Dundee, DD2 2NP
11th
Time: 10:00
MERG East Midlands Area group meeting
Agenda to follow - watch this space! We will have talks in the morning and our usual practical and problem solving clinic in the afternoon.
Venue:
Kingsway Centre, Wellingborough
14th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Presentation

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
21st
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
25 to 27th
Time: 09:00
More CBUS weekend course
Follow on from Intro course. Scroll to the bottom of the diary page to see all courses.
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Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum
25th
Time: 09:30
Three Counties Workshop
workshop is Saturday April 25th 2020 9:30 am
Venue:
Hemel Hempstead Model Railway Club rooms
25th
Time: 11:00
East Scotland
Meeting
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Venue:
West Calder Community Centre, EH55 8DZ
28th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
May 2020
2nd
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
M1632 Mike Clarke will give a presentation about the FCU clone. Work will continue on the group projects plus other topics will be covered at some meetings throughout 2020. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting can get directions from the group via the contact form. THIS MEETING IS PENDING A REVIEW DUE TO ISSUES CAUSED BY COVID-19. Please check nearer the time.
Venue:
St James Church Hall, Preston Road, Yeovil
2nd
Time: 14:00
Northern Ireland Area Group Meeting
Venue:
Cooke Church Hall, Park Road, Belfast
5th
Time: 19:00
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue:
Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
9th
Time: 10:00
Tayside Area Group Meeting
Come along and join other members in building modules and our first demo board. There will be time to ask questions about any aspect of MERG's activities.
Venue:
The Friary, Tullideph Road,Dundee, DD2 2NP
12th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Presentation

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
13th
Time: 19:30
Cardiff Area Group Meeting
Seminar – A comparison of CAD software
A look at a variety of software for 3D printing
Presented by Russ Davies
Venue:
Synod Office of the United Reform Church, Minster Road, Cardiff CF23 5AS.
19th
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
23rd
Time: 10:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Area Group Meeting
Venue:
Leamington and Warwick MRS Club Room
23rd
Time: 10:00
South Hants Area Group all day Saturday workshop
This is our monthly event where members who live too far away to come on a Thursday evening can come to the group. Members can work on or get help with their own projects or join in with group projects. Any MERG members are welcome.
Note it moved as we are at expoEM on our usual 3rd Saturday.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom at Kemps Quay.
26th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
29th to 1st Jun
Time: 09:00
Intro to JMRI Panel Pro weekend course
Starting out with JMRI Panel Pro - a weekend course that assumes no prior knowledge of JMRI. Scroll to the bottom of this diary page to see details of all courses.
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Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum
June 2020
2nd
Time: 19:00
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue:
Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
6th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
M4848 Alan Wright will give a presentation on sound chips. Work will continue on the group projects plus other topics will be covered at some meetings throughout 2020. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting can get directions from the group via the contact form.
Venue:
St James Church Hall, Preston Road, Yeovil
6th
Time: 14:00
Northern Ireland Area Group Meeting
Venue:
Cooke Church Hall, Park Road, Belfast
9th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Presentation

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
11th
Time: 19:30
South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our regular monthly Thursday evening meeting. Any MERG members are welcome to attend.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom at Kemps Quay.
13th
Time: 10:00
Tayside Area Group Meeting
Come along and join other members in building modules and our first demo board. There will be time to ask questions about any aspect of MERG's activities.
Venue:
The Friary, Tullideph Road,Dundee, DD2 2NP
13th
Time: 10:30
London Area Group
Venue:
Keen House, Kings Cross
13th
Time: 13:30
Members Meeting in London
Venue:
Keen House, Kings Cross
16th
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
20th
Time: 10:00
South Hants Area Group all day Saturday workshop
This is our monthly event where members who live too far away to come on a Thursday evening can come to the group. Members can work on or get help with their own projects or join in with group projects. Any MERG members are welcome.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom at Kemps Quay.
23rd
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
28th
Time: 10:00
MERG East Midlands Area group meeting
Agenda to follow - watch this space! We will have talks in the morning and our usual practical and problem solving clinic in the afternoon.
Venue:
Sutton on Sea, Lincolnshire
July 2020
4th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
Work will continue on the group projects plus other topics will be covered at some meetings throughout 2020. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting can get directions from the group via the contact form.
Venue:
St James Church Hall, Preston Road, Yeovil
4th
Time: 14:00
Northern Ireland Area Group Meeting
Venue:
Cooke Church Hall, Park Road, Belfast
7th
Time: 19:00
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue:
Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
9th
Time: 19:30
South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our regular monthly Thursday evening meeting. Any MERG members are welcome to attend.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom at Kemps Quay.
11th
Time: 10:00
Tayside Area Group Meeting
Come along and join other members in building modules and our first demo board. There will be time to ask questions about any aspect of MERG's activities.
Venue:
The Friary, Tullideph Road,Dundee, DD2 2NP
12th
Time: 10:00
West Midlands Area Group Meeting 12 July 2020

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Venue:
Titford Pump House, Engine Street, OLDBURY, West Midlands B69 4NL.
14th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Presentation

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
15th
Time: 19:30
Cardiff Area Group Meeting
Seminar – Overview of DDC standards and DDC block control
Using block control on DCC systems
Presented by Philip Silver
Venue:
Synod Office of the United Reform Church, Minster Road, Cardiff CF23 5AS.
18th
Time: 10:00
South Hants Area Group all day Saturday workshop
This is our monthly event where members who live too far away to come on a Thursday evening can come to the group. Members can work on or get help with their own projects or join in with group projects. Any MERG members are welcome.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom at Kemps Quay.
21st
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
25th
Time: 10:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Area Group Meeting
Venue:
Leamington and Warwick MRS Club Room
28th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
August 2020
1st
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
M4418 Tony Braithwaite will give a presentation on Programming. Work will continue on the group projects plus other topics will be covered at some meetings throughout 2020. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting can get directions from the group via the contact form.
Venue:
St James Church Hall, Preston Road, Yeovil
4th
Time: 19:00
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue:
Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
11th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Presentation

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
13th
Time: 19:30
South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our regular monthly meeting.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
15th
Time: 10:00
South Hants Area Group all day Saturday worksho
This is our monthly, all day Saturday workshop, open to all Merg members.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
18th
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
25th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
September 2020
1st
Time: 19:00
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue:
Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
8th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Presentation

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
10th
Time: 19:30
South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our regular monthly meeting.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
12 to 14th
Time: 09:00
JMRI Part 2 weekend course
Follow on to JMRI Panel Pro intro course. Scroll to the bottom of the diary page to see details of all courses.
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Venue:
12th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
Adrian will give a presentation on sound effects.
Work will continue on the group projects plus other topics will be covered at some meetings throughout 2020. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting can get directions from the group via the contact form.
Venue:
St James Church Hall, Preston Road, Yeovil
12th
Time: 10:30
London Area Group
Venue:
Keen House,Kings Cross
12th
Time: 13:30
Members Meeting in London
Dave McCabe will give a talk on signaling
Venue:
keen House, Kings Cross
15th
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
16th
Time: 19:30
Cardiff Area Group Meeting
Details To Follow
Venue:
Synod Office of the United Reform Church, Minster Road, Cardiff CF23 5AS.
19th
Time: 10:00
South Hants Area Group all day Saturday worksho
This is our monthly all day Saturday workshop, open to any Merg members.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
22nd
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
26th
Time: 10:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Area Group Meeting
Venue:
Leamington and Warwick MRS Club Room
October 2020
3rd
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
Work will continue on the group projects plus other topics will be covered at some meetings throughout 2020. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting can get directions from the group via the contact form.
Venue:
St James Church Hall, Preston Road, Yeovil
6th
Time: 19:00
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue:
Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
8th
Time: 19:30
South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our regular monthly meeting.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
10th
Time: 10:00
West Midlands Area Group Meeting 10th October2020
More details to follow
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Venue:
Titford Pump House, Engine Street, OLDBURY, West Midlands B69 4NL.
13th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Presentation

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
17th
Time: 10:00
South Hants Area Group all day Saturday worksho
This is our monthly all day workshop, open to any Merg members.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
20th
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
27th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
November 2020
3rd
Time: 19:00
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue:
Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
7th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
Work will continue on the group projects plus other topics will be covered at some meetings throughout 2020. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting can get directions from the group via the contact form.
Venue:
St James Church Hall, Preston Road, Yeovil
7th
Time: 10:30
London Area Group
Venue:
Keen House, Kings Cross
7th
Time: 13:30
Annual General Meeting
The Kings Cross MRC have agreed to open Keen House to everyone after the AGM.
They will be on-site, operating their layouts, answervingall questions put to them.
Those attending will also be able to bring their own locos or trains, DC or DCC, any gauge and run them on the Kings Cross circular track
Venue:
Keen House
7th
Time: 14:30
members Meeting in London
As per the description on the AGM. There will be no speakers at this event
Venue:
Keen House, Kings Cross
10th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Presentation

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
12th
Time: 19:30
South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our regular monthly meeting.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
17th
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
24th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
December 2020
1st
Time: 19:00
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue:
Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
5th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
Work will continue on the group projects plus other topics will be covered at some meetings throughout 2020. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting can get directions from the group via the contact form.
Venue:
St James Church Hall, Preston Road, Yeovil

MERG Attended Shows

April 2020
4 & 5th
Victory MRC Portsmouth Model Railway Exhibition - POSTPONED
The MERG South Hants Area Group will be in attendance.
Venue:
Mountbatten Leisure Centre, Portsmouth, Hampshire, P02 9QA
18 & 19th
North Down Model Exhibition - CANCELLED
An exhibition of boats, trains, planes and other models. Please check starting time on Sunday.
Venue:
Bangor Academy
18 & 19th
TrainWest demo
Merg willhave a stall with a new demo of our CBus and DCC systems.
Bristol Area Group members will staff the stall for friendly chats
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Venue:
Springfield Community Campus, Corsham
May 2020
9 & 10th
Wexford MRC Annual Exhibition
WMRCs Annual exhibition , the best dedicated MR exhibition in the country , come to the sunny south east and see for yourself ( we even extended the M11 for you )
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Venue:
St Joseph’s community centre , bishopswater, Wexford
16 & 17th
Kyle Model Railway Exhibition
Come along and say hello to the WoSAG team on their stand.
Venue:
Concert Hall, 8 South Beach, Troon, Ayrshire, KA10 6FF
16 & 17th
expoEM Spring 2020 Bracknell. -CANCELLED
The MERG South Hants Area Group will be in attendance.
Venue:
Bracknell Leisure Centre, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, RG12 9SE
August 2020
29 & 30th
Ulster Model Railway Club Show
Many layouts spread over a space for three basketball courts.
Venue:
Sports Hall, Methodist College, Belfast
September 2020
26 & 27th
Worthing Model Railway Club exhibition
This is Worthing Model Railway Club's annual exhibitions.
Venue:
Durrington High School
October 2020
3 & 4th
Fareham Model Railway club Exhibition
This is the Fareham Model Railway Club's annual exhibition.
Venue:
Fareham Leisure Center. Fareham, Hampshire.
10 & 11th
Farnham and District MRC Annual Exhibition
The MERG South Hants Area Group will be in attendance.
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Venue:
Alderwood Leisure Centre, Tongham Road, Aldershot, GU12 4AS
November 2020
7th
Cultra Model Railway Exhibition
This show provides a mix of layouts in and around the 12" to ft displays of the museum.
Venue:
Folk &Transport Museum, Cultra, North Down

Training courses

April 2020
25 to 27th
More CBUS weekend course
Follow on from the CBUS intro course to take your CBUS to the next level.
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Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum
May 2020
29th to 1st Jun
Intro to JMRI Panel Pro weekend course
Starting out with JMRI Panel Pro - a weekend course that assumes no prior knowledge of the free layout control software JMRI.
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Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum
September 2020
12 to 14th
JMRI Part 2 weekend course
JMRI Panel Pro Part 2 – Blocks, Routing, Logic and Signalling. A follow on from the intro course to tackle more topics.
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Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum