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Model Electronic Railway Group

Leading Model Railway Electronics since 1967

Over 50 years of Innovation: 1967-2019

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.

March 2019
26th Virtual Area Group Meeting
Dave McCabe is going to help us understand more about the Blue Pill microprocessor modules based on the ultra-cheap and compact boards using ARM Cortex M3 processors, running at 72MHz.

Venue: Google Hangouts Call
Time: 11:00
30th Cardiff Saturday Morning Workshop
The purpose is to provide practical assistance to any member that requires it, hardware or software. Any member with experience that can help is very welcome.

As usual, attendees are requested to make a contribution of £1 each to cover the costs of the venue, to be collected at the workshop.

Venue: United Reform Church, Minster Road, Cardiff CF23 5AS.
Time: 09:30
30th Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Area Group
Second Presentation in the "CBUS from Soup to Nuts" series
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Venue: Leamington and Warwick MRS Clubroom
Time: 10:00
31st Scottish Borders Area Group Meeting
Cost of meeting £3.00 per person

Venue: Hawick Men's Shed
Time: 13:30
April 2019
2nd MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue: Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
Time: 19:00
3rd MERG Three Counties Area Group Meeting

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Venue: Greenwood Park Community Centre
Time: 19:30
6th Somerset Area Group meeting
Work will continue on the group project plus other topics will be covered at some meetings throughout 2019. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting can get directions from the group via the contact form (https://www.merg.org.uk/areagroup.php?area=12).

Venue: St James Church, Preston Road, Yeovil
Time: 10:00
6th London Area Group

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Venue: keen House,Kings Cross
Time: 10:30
6th Members Meeting in London
Note the change of name please.
Open to all, even non-MERG members
normally 3 speakers

Venue: keen House,Kings Cross
Time: 13:30
9th Virtual Area Group Meeting
TBA

Venue: Google Hangouts Call
Time: 11:00
11th South Hants Area Group evening meeting
This is our regular monthly evening meeting.

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

Venue: Titford Pump House, Engine street, OLDBURY
Time: 10:00
20th South Hants Area Group Saturday Workshop
This is our regular monthly all day workshop. It is open to Merg members, from any area, who wish to come along. Members can bring their own projects to work on or get help with or can join in with group projects. Cost is £5 and includesfree tea/coffee and biscuits all day on a serve youself basis.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society Clubroom.
Time: 10:00
23rd Virtual Area Group Meeting
TBA
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Venue: Google Hangouts Call
Time: 11:00
26th 3D printing course
Weekend course on 3D Printing, with Bob Gledhill. Scroll to the bottom of this diary page for details on all courses.
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Venue: Rushden Transport Museum
Time: 09:00
27th Cardiff Saturday Morning Workshop
The purpose is to provide practical assistance to any member that requires it, hardware or software. Any member with experience that can help is very welcome.

As usual, attendees are requested to make a contribution of £1 each to cover the costs of the venue, to be collected at the workshop.
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Venue: United Reform Church, Minster Road, Cardiff CF23 5AS.
Time: 09:30
May 2019
4th Somerset Area Group meeting
Work will continue on the group project plus other topics will be covered at some meetings throughout 2019. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting can get directions from the group via the contact form (https://www.merg.org.uk/areagroup.php?area=12).

Venue: St James Church, Preston Road, Yeovil
Time: 10:00
7th MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue: Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
Time: 19:00
9th South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our usual monthly evening meeting.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 19:30
11th Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Area Group Meeting
Third Meeting of 2019
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Venue: Leamington and Warwick MRS Club Room
Time: 10:00
14th Virtual Area Group Meeting
TBA
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Venue: Google Hangouts Call
Time: 11:00
18th Cardiff Saturday Morning Workshop
The purpose is to provide practical assistance to any member that requires it, hardware or software. Any member with experience that can help is very welcome.

As usual, attendees are requested to make a contribution of £1 each to cover the costs of the venue, to be collected at the workshop.
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Venue: United Reform Church, Minster Road, Cardiff CF23 5AS.
Time: 09:30
22nd MERG Cardiff Area Group Meeting
Area Group Meeting - Details to follow.

As usual, attendees are requested to make a contribution of £1 each to cover the costs of the venue, to be collected at the workshop.
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Venue: United Reform Church, Minster Road, Cardiff CF23 5AS.
Time: 19:30
25th Southampton Area Group Saturday workshop
This is our monthly, all day, workshop. It is open to any Merg members who wish to come along from any area.
Please note that this event is one week later than normal as we are attending Expo EM at Bracknell on the previous weekend.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 10:00
28th Virtual Area Group Meeting
TBA
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Venue: Google Hangouts Call
Time: 11:00
June 2019
1st Somerset Area Group meeting
Work will continue on the group project plus other topics will be covered at some meetings throughout 2019. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting can get directions from the group via the contact form (https://www.merg.org.uk/areagroup.php?area=12).

Venue: St James Church, Preston Road, Yeovil
Time: 10:00
1st London Area Group


Venue: Keen House,Kings Cross
Time: 10:30
1st Members Meeting in London
Note the change of name please.
Open to all, even non-MERG members
normally 3 speakers

Venue: keen House,Kings Cross
Time: 13:30
4th MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue: Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
Time: 19:00
11th Virtual Area Group Meeting
TBA
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Venue: Google Hangouts Call
Time: 11:00
25th Virtual Area Group Meeting
TBA
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Venue: Google Hangouts Call
Time: 11:00
July 2019
2nd MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue: Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
Time: 19:00
6th Somerset Area Group meeting
Work will continue on the group project plus other topics will be covered at some meetings throughout 2019. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting can get directions from the group via the contact form (https://www.merg.org.uk/areagroup.php?area=12).

Venue: St James Church, Preston Road, Yeovil
Time: 10:00
14th MERG West Midlands Area Group Meeting
West Midlands Area Group
more details to follow



Venue: Titford Pump House, Engine street, Oldbury, West Midlands
Time: 10:00
20th Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Area Group Meeting
Fourth meeting of 2019
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Venue: Leamington and Warwick MRS Club Room
Time: 10:00
August 2019
3rd Somerset Area Group meeting
Work will continue on the group project plus other topics will be covered at some meetings throughout 2019. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting can get directions from the group via the contact form (https://www.merg.org.uk/areagroup.php?area=12).

Venue: St James Church, Preston Road, Yeovil
Time: 10:00
6th MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue: Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
Time: 19:00
31st London Area Group


Venue: keen House,Kings Cross
Time: 10:30
31st members Meeting in London
Note the change of name please.
Open to all, even non-MERG members
normally 3 speakers

Venue: Keen House,Kings Cross
Time: 13:30
September 2019
3rd MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue: Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
Time: 19:00
7th Somerset Area Group meeting
Work will continue on the group project plus other topics will be covered at some meetings throughout 2019. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting can get directions from the group via the contact form (https://www.merg.org.uk/areagroup.php?area=12).

Venue: St James Church, Preston Road, Yeovil
Time: 10:00
21st Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Area Group Meeting
Fifth meeting of 2019
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Venue: Leamington and Warwick MRS Club Room
Time: 10:00
October 2019
1st MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue: Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
Time: 19:00
12th MERG West Midlands Area Group Meeting
Details to follow

Venue: Titford Pump House, Engine street, Oldbury, West Midlands
Time: 10:00
November 2019
2nd London Area Group


Venue: Keen House, Kings Cross
Time: 10:30
3rd MERG AGM and Exhibition
Open to members from any location, meeting programme to be arranged.

Venue: Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall
Time: 10:00
5th MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue: Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
Time: 19:00
16th Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Area Group Meeting
Sixth Meeting of 2019
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Venue: Leamington and Warwick MRS Club Room
Time: 10:00
December 2019
3rd MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue: Grazeley Village Hall, Church Lane, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 1LD
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

April 2019
West Wiltshire Model Railway exhibition
Merg South Hampshire Area Group has been invited to have a small stand at this exhibition. We expect to be showing our Cbus demo unit and possibly our Pocket Money Projects demo board, if we have enough space.

Venue: Holt Village Hall, Holt, Near Trowbridge, Witshire.
Date: 06-Apr
Helston & Falmouth Model Railway Club
MERG Cornwall Area Group stand
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Venue: Helston Community College, Church Hill, Helston, TR13 8NR
Date: 27-28 April
May 2019
Bristol (Thornbury) Exhibition
We will have Peter Mabey's updated demo model, now including DCC and CBus.
Probably a display about in-train-cameras and much more.
Times vary each day.
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Venue: Thornbury Leisure Centre
Date: 03-05 May
Brisbane Train Show
SE Qld Area Group will have an exhibition stand at the Show.

Venue: Brisbane Showgrounds
Date: 04-05 May
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 Centre, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, Berkshire. RG12 9SE
Date: 18-19 May
Middlesbrough Model Railway Club show
MERG NEAG stand

Venue: tba
Date: 18-19 May
July 2019
Basildon MRC Exhibition
Basildon MRC's 40th show.
MERG Essex Area Group will have their usual stand at this year's event.
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Venue: James Hornsby School, Leinster Road - Nicholas Lane, Laindon, Basildon, Essex SS15 5NX
Date: 06-07 July
Barnstaple & District MRC show
MERG Cornwall Area Group stand
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Venue: Methodist Church Hall, Bear Street, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 7BU
Date: 27-Jul
August 2019
Guildex O Gauge show


Venue: Telford Conference Centre
Date: 31-Aug
October 2019
Croydon UK Model Railway Exhibition
The exhibition venue is close to Croydon and is easily accessible from East Croydon station and the M25.

Venue: Warlingham School, Surrey
Date: 12-13 October
November 2019
Shoeburyness MRC 37th Festival of Model Railway & Hobbies
MERG Essex Area Group stand

Venue: Southend Leisure & Tennis Centre, Garron Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend on Sea SS2 4FA
Date: 16-17 November
December 2019
Peterborough


Venue: East of England Showground
Date: 07-08 December

Training courses

April 2019
3D printing course
Weekend course on 3D printing, with Bob Gledhill. The aim of this course is to enable those with little or no experience of CAD to draw and 3D print their first models
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Venue: Rushden Transport Museum
Date: 26-29 April