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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.

February 2018
21st Three Counties Monthly meeting
Next St Albans meeting is Wednesday 21st February 2018 7:30 pm


Venue: Grewenwood Park tippendale rd St Albans
Time: 19:30
March 2018
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
18th 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
April 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
7th Warwickshire and North Oxfordshire Area Group Meeting
Simon West will describe how MERG CBUS has been used to update Duxbury, DC controlled LWMRS 00 gauge exhibition layout which is scheduled to appear at Warley in 2018.

Venue: Leamington and Warwick MRS Clubroom
Time: 10:00
13th Introduction to DCC Weekend Course
A weekend course for those completely new to DCC. Scroll to the bottom of this diary page for full details for all courses.

Venue: Rushden Transport Museum
Time: 16:00
15th 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
21st London Area Group


Venue: Keen House Calshot St London
Time: 10:00
28th East Midlands Area Group meeeting
East Midlands Area group meeting

Venue: TBA
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
Time: 16:00
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.
Click for more details

Venue: West Calder Community Centre EH55 8DZ
Time: 10:30
June 2018
2nd London Area Group Meeting


Venue: Keen House Calshot London
Time: 10:00
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
Time: 16:00
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 Meeting


Venue: Keen House London
Time: 10:00
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
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
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

March 2018
Leamington and Warwick MRS Annual Show
49th Annual Show.
Trade and layout stands.
MERG stand.

Venue: Royal Leamington Spa College (aka Warwickshire College)
Date: 03-04 March
The London Festival Of Railway Modelling
MERG will have a stand this exhibition next to the Model Railway Club stand.
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Venue: Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7AY
Date: 24-25 March
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

Training courses

April 2018
Introduction to DCC Weekend Course
A weekend course for those completely new to DCC. Will cover basic principles assuming no prior knowledge, fitting decoders, programming settings, wiring for DCC etc. There will be theory and practical sessions. More details to follow.

Venue: Rushden Transport Museum
Date: 13-16 April
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. More details to follow.

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.

Venue: Rushden Transport Museum
Date: 29 June-02 July
October 2018
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. Further details to follow.

Venue: Rushden Transport Museum
Date: 02-05 November