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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.

January 2020
25th
Time: 09:30
East Anglia Group Meeting
A get together to compare notes and projects. We hope to explore the EzyBus project by looking at Davy Dick's Thirsk presentation and some of the associated hardware. Usual workshop session plus refreshments.
Venue:
Parkview Chapel, Botesdale, IP22 1BX
25th
Time: 10:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Area Group Meeting
The Main Presentation, by Simon West, will cover the build of non-kit CANMIO modules.
Venue:
Leamington and Warwick MRS Club Room
26th
Time: 11:00
East Scotland
the next meeting will be held on Sunday 26th January at the West Calder Community Centre, Dickson Street, EH55 8DZ.

The format will be as follows:

10:30 Arrival and get together.
11:00 AGM reports.
11:30 Resignation of chairman and secretary.
Proposals and voting in of new officers.

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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
February 2020
1st
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
Work will continue on the group projects plus Malcolm Asker M6456 will be giving a presentaion on progress with his Silver Jubilee layout (completely built with items from the 1970's!). 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
Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG)

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Venue:
Grazely Village Hall, Grazeley, Reading RG7 1LD
7th
Time: 14:00
West of Scotland Drop-in Session
An informal session where ideas are exchanged, members are given advice, projects are looked at, etc.
Venue:
65 Club, 65 Main St, Prestwick, KA91JN
8th
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
Virtual Area Group Call: Presentation
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
13th
Time: 19:00
Aberdeen Area Group Meeting
Monthly Area Group Meeting
Venue:
Aberdeen Model Railway Club
13th
Time: 19:30
South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our regular monthly evening meeting.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
15th
Time: 10:00
South Hants Area Group all day Saturday worksho
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
15th
Time: 10:30
London Area Group
There will a demo on soldering and we will have the usual workshop
Venue:
keen House, Kings Cross
18th
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
19th
Time: 19:30
Three Counties February Meeting
Hemel Hempstead meeting is February 19th 2020 7:30 pm
Venue:
22nd
Time: 11:00
East Scotland
Workshop
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Venue:
West Calder Community Centre, EH55 8DZ
25th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
28th
Time: 14:00
West of Scotland Drop-in Session
An informal session where ideas are exchanged, members are given advice, projects are looked at, etc.
Venue:
65 Club, 65 Main St, Prestwick, KA91JN
29th
Time: 09:30
East Anglia Group Meeting
Venue:
Parkview Chapel, Botesdale, IP22 1BX
29th
Time: 10:30
Victoria Area Group Meeting
Meeting is to Arrange tasks for construction and completion of a demonstration layout of MERG Modules for exhibitions.
Venue:
Please PM Tim Morrow
March 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: 14:00
Northern Ireland Area Group Meeting
Venue:
Cooke Church Hall, Park Road, Belfast
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 Thursday evening meeting.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
14th
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
17th
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
18th
Time: 19:30
Cardiff Area Group Meeting
Seminar - An introduction to Design Spark
Part 2 – PCB Layout
Presented by Tim Coombs
Venue:
Synod Office of the United Reform Church, Minster Road, Cardiff CF23 5AS.
18th
Time: 19:30
Three Counties March Meeting
Eaton Bray meeting is March 18th 2020 7:30 pm
Venue:
Eaton Bray Village Hall LU6 2DJ
19th
Time: 19:00
Aberdeen Area Group Meeting
Monthly Area Group Meeting
Venue:
Aberdeen Model Railway Club
21st
Time: 10:00
South Hants Area Group all day Saturday worksho
This is our monthly all day Saturday workshop. Members from any area are most welcome to attend. Members can work on or get help with their own projects or join in with group projects.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
22nd
Time: 11:00
WoSAG Open Day - Advice on Developing Your Layout
A great opportunity to see MERG expertise many of the facets of railway modelling
Open to members and potential members. Topics covered are 3D printing, Animations, Baseboards, Buildings, Card Cutting, CBUS, DCC, EzyBus, JMRI, Lighting, PMP kits, Point control, RocRail, Signals, Sound, Tracklaying
Venue:
Shawlands Scout Hall, 121 Shawmoss Road, Glasgow G41 4AE
24th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
28 to 30th
Time: 09:00
Introduction to CBUS weekend course
Introduction to CBUS weekend course. Scroll to the bottom of the diary page to see all courses
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Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum
28th
Time: 10:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Area Group Meeting
Venue:
Leamington and Warwick MRS Club Room
29th
Time: 11:00
East Scotland
Workshop
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Venue:
West Calder Community Centre, EH55 8DZ
April 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: 10:30
London Area Group
Venue:
Keen House, Kings Cross
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
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
West Midlands Area Group Meeting 11th April 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
16th
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
23rd
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Discussion

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
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
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.
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
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
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
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
8th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Presentation

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
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: 10:30
London Area Group
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.
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
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
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
10th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group Call: Presentation

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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
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

January 2020
25 & 26th
Southampton MRS Exhibition
Over 20 layouts, plus traders and demonstrators.
The MERG South Hants Area Group will be in attendance.
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Venue:
Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh, SO50 5ZA (Satnav use SO50 5BX).
February 2020
1 & 2nd
Kilmarnock MRC
Venue:
1 & 2nd
Stafford Railway Circle Annual Exhibition
ADMISSION: Adults £10.00 Children under 16 will be free when accompanied by a paying adult. Free parking and free bus from the railway station. Our usual large show with plenty of layouts in different scales. In addition there will be 43 traders MERG West Midlands Area Group in attendance.
Venue:
Stafford County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, Staffordshire ST18 0BD
8 & 9th
The Festival of British Railway Modelling
The Festival of British Railway Modelling returns to Doncaster again for a spectacular show, firmly established as the biggest show in the area, attracting almost 6,000 day visitors across 2 days.
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Venue:
Doncaster
21 to 23rd
Model Rail Scotland
Come to Scotland's main model railway show - and visit our stand.
Venue:
SSEC, Exhibition Way, Glasgow G38YW
March 2020
7 & 8th
Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society Model Railway Exhibition
Layouts in many scales – Full trade support.
Admission – Adults £8, Child £2, Family (2+2) £18
Latest News at – www.lwmrs.co.uk
Contact Exhibition Manager – David Hewett or Publicity Manager – Mike Collins
Email – exhibition@lwmrs.co.uk or publicity@lwmrs.co.uk

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Venue:
Royal Leamington Spa College, Warwick New Road, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 5JE
13 to 14th
Cregagh Model Exhibition
Model Exhibition
Venue:
Cregagh Church Hall, 102 – 104 Cregagh Road, Belfast BT6 9ER
14 & 15th
Basinstoke MRS Exhibition
The MERG South Hants Area Group will be in attendance.
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Venue:
Aldworth Science College, Basingstoke, RG22 6HQ.
21 & 22nd
The London Festival of Railway Modelling
The London Festival of Railway Modelling returns to London again for a spectacular show, firmly established as the biggest show in the area, attracting 10,000 day visitors across 2 days.

Venue:
Alexandra Palace
April 2020
18 & 19th
North Down Model Exhibition
An exhibition of boats, trains, planes and other models. Please check starting time on Sunday.
Venue:
Bangor Academy
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
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
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

March 2020
27 to 30th
Introduction to CBUS weekend course
Introduction to CBUS weekend course - assumes no prior knowledge of CBUS
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Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum
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