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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.

June 2020
5th
Time: 19:30
South Hants Area Group weekly zoom meeting
This is another online meeting. The meeting will be open from 7pm onwards for set up and log in.
Venue:
On line zoom meeting
6th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
M6456 Malcolm Asker will give a presentation 'A smarter way of working with Fusion 360' part 1. M1925 Paul Howes will present how to add to the MSAG mini-wiki site followed by explaining what is required for the forthcoming "Focus on a circuit" series.To get an invite ensure that the Somerset Area Group is in your permitted contact list on your membership page.
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
9th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group
John Gowers will share his thoughts on mimic panel design.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
9th
Time: 19:00
North East AG June Zoom Meeting
This is the second Zoom meeting of the North East Area Group and we hope to have one or more presentation shown
Venue:
MERG Zoom Server
9th
Time: 20:00
Virtual Tayside Area Group
General get together. Discussion of MERG kits, layouts, presentations
Venue:
ZOOM Call
10th
Time: 19:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting
Agenda to be announced
Venue:
Zoom Virtual Meeting
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:
Zoom Video Call
12th
Time: 11:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Virtual Coffee Break
This is the fifth online coffee break where members can relax and chat among themselves about Project, Progress, Problems and successes. To get an invite ensure that the Somerset Area Group is in your permitted contact list on your membership page.
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
13th
Time: 13:30
Members Meeting in London
Venue:
Keen House, Kings Cross
16th
Time: 12:30
Virtual Area Group
Martin Perry will select a current MERG kit and explain how it works using the circuit diagram and the components on the printed circuit board. This week Martin will deconstruct the Hector train detector board.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
20th
Time: 10:00
Basic(ish) Electronics Part 4
MERG Somerset Area Group meeting - M6487 Ron Pluck will present the fourth in the series "Basic(ish) Electronics". To get an invite ensure that the Somerset Area Group is in your permitted contact list on your membership page.
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
23rd
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group
Allan Geekie will demonstrate how zoom can make use of multiple cameras and windows to provide a seamless demonstration and diagnostic capability.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
24th
Time: 19:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting
Agenda to be determined
Venue:
Zoom Virtual Meeting
26th
Time: 11:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Virtual Coffee Break
This is the sixth online coffee break where members can relax and chat among themselves about Project, Progress, Problems and successes. To get an invite ensure that the Somerset Area Group is in your permitted contact list on your membership page.
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
27th
Time: 14:00
East of Scotland General discussion
Venue:
Zoom meeting
28th
Time: 10:00
MERG East Midlands Area group meeting - NOW ONLINE
This area group meeting will be held online using the Zoom teleconferencing system. Agenda to follow.
Venue:
ZOOM ONLINE
30th
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group
Dave McCabe will follow through on his earlier overview of the Universal Formware by going through step by step of how to configure a CANMIO, CANv* or CANUIO to move a servo.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
July 2020
4th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
M4418 Tony Braithwaite will give a presentation 'Introduction to programming'. M6456 Malcolm Asker will give a presentation 'A smarter way of working with Fusion 360' part 2 To get an invite ensure that the Somerset Area Group is in your permitted contact list on your membership page.
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
7th
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group
Pete Brownlow will give us an update on what is happening in the worlds of CBUS and JMRI.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
7th
Time: 19:00
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
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:
Zoom Video Call
10th
Time: 11:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Virtual Coffee Break
This is an online coffee break where members can relax and chat among themselves about Project, Progress, Problems and successes. To get an invite ensure that the Somerset Area Group is in your permitted contact list on your membership page.
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
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
Allan Geekie will encourage members to discuss developments in the control of DC power to a model railway track.
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Venue:
Zoom video 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:
18th
Time: 10:00
MERG East Midlands Area group ONLINE meeting
This area group meeting will be held online using the Zoom teleconferencing system. Agenda to follow.
Venue:
ZOOM ONLINE
18th
Time: 10:00
Basic(ish) Electronics Part 5
MERG Somerset Area Group meeting - M6487 Ron Pluck will present the fifth in the series "Basic(ish) Electronics". To get an invite ensure that the Somerset Area Group is in your permitted contact list on your membership page.
Venue:
Zoom Video Conference Call
21st
Time: 12:30
Virtual Area Group
Martin Perry will select a current MERG kit and explain how it works using the circuit diagram and the components on the printed circuit board.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
24th
Time: 11:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Virtual Coffee Break
This is an online coffee break where members can relax and chat among themselves about Project, Progress, Problems and successes. To get an invite ensure that the Somerset Area Group is in your permitted contact list on your membership page.
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
28th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group
Dave McCabe will present a CBUS wiring strategy for a large club O gauge layout.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
August 2020
1st
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
M6487 Ron Pluck will present "How Servos work". To get an invite ensure that the Somerset Area Group is in your permitted contact list on your membership page.
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
4th
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group
Ron Pluck will describe his own individual approach to programming Arduino modules.
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Venue:
Zoom conference call
4th
Time: 19:00
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
7th
Time: 11:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Virtual Coffee Break
This is an online coffee break where members can relax and chat among themselves about Project, Progress, Problems and successes. To get an invite ensure that the Somerset Area Group is in your permitted contact list on your membership page.
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
11th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group
Judi Rastall and Paul Tomkins will give an update on all things kit related in another episode of Tales from the Kitlocker.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
13th
Time: 19:30
South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our regular monthly meeting.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
18th
Time: 12:30
Virtual Area Group
Martin Perry will select a current MERG kit and explain how it works using the circuit diagram and the components on the printed circuit board.
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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
21st
Time: 11:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Virtual Coffee Break
This is an online coffee break where members can relax and chat among themselves about Project, Progress, Problems and successes. To get an invite ensure that the Somerset Area Group is in your permitted contact list on your membership page.
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
25th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group
Fraser Smith will be describing how Just Another Language (JAL) is used to program the microprocessors in a number of the pocket money kits.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
28th
Time: 11:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Virtual Coffee Break
This is an online coffee break where members can relax and chat among themselves about Project, Progress, Problems and successes. To get an invite ensure that the Somerset Area Group is in your permitted contact list on your membership page.
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
29th
Time: 10:00
MERG East Midlands Area group ONLINE meeting
This area group meeting will be held online using the Zoom teleconferencing system. Agenda to follow.
Venue:
ZOOM ONLINE
September 2020
1st
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group
Paul Townsend will describe how he has planned the deployment of CBUS on a large P4 layout.

Having used my designs of CMOS hard wired logic for decades on my old layout, I wanted to use Merg designs for my new layout to gain sophistication and flexibility for partial automation at reasonable cost. Of the available buses, I will explain why I chose CBus and how I have evolved my implementation both for P4 Broad Gauge Dartmouth and its baby brother, Pseudo-Dartmouth in N Gauge.
The presentation will include videos of the installations and operations.

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

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Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
8th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group
Dave McCabe will take his life into his own hands and attempt to keep order while presenting on the topic of Signalling.
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Venue:
Zoom video 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
M505 Adrian Henshaw will give a presentation on sound effects. M4848 Alan Wright will give a presentation on sound chips. To get an invite ensure that the Somerset Area Group is in your permitted contact list on your membership page.
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
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: 12:30
Virtual Area Group
Martin Perry will select a current MERG kit and explain how it works using the circuit diagram and the components on the printed circuit board.
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Venue:
Zoom video 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
Duncan Greenwood describes how he uses standard kitchen appliances to solder surface mount components onto printed circuit boards.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
29th
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group
A show and tell session where members show work-in-progress materials from their workbenches and describe their successes ... and failures.
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Venue:
Zoom conference call
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: 18:30
Virtual Area Group
TBA
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Venue:
Zoom conference call
6th
Time: 19:00
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
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
Oscilloscopes - Paul Townsend
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Venue:
Zoom video 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: 12:30
Virtual Area Group
Martin Perry will select a current MERG kit and explain how it works using the circuit diagram and the components on the printed circuit board.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
27th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group
TBA
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Venue:
Zoom video call
November 2020
3rd
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group
Logic Analysers - Dave McCabe
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Venue:
Zoom conference call
3rd
Time: 19:00
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
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
Paul Townsend will look at how best to deploy CBUS on an N Gauge layout.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
12th
Time: 19:30
South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our regular monthly meeting.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
17th
Time: 12:30
Virtual Area Group
Martin Perry will select a current MERG kit and explain how it works using the circuit diagram and the components on the printed circuit board.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
24th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group
TBA
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Venue:
Zoom video call
December 2020
1st
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group
TBA
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Venue:
Zoom video call
1st
Time: 19:00
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting

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Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
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
TBA
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Venue:
Zoom video call
15th
Time: 12:30
Virtual Area Group
Martin Perry will select a current MERG kit and explain how it works using the circuit diagram and the components on the printed circuit board.
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom conference call
22nd
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group
show and tell session where members show work-in-progress materials from their workbenches and describe their successes ... and failures.
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom video call

MERG Attended Shows

August 2020
29 & 30th
Ulster Model Railway Club Show - CANCELLED
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

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