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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 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.

December 2018
13th South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our regular monthly meeting.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 19:30
15th South Hants Area Group Saturday workshop
This is our regular Saturday workshop and, as it is our last meeting before Christmas, there may well be cakes! Any members wishing to bring along a cake are welcome to do so.
Merg members from any area are welcome at our Saturday workshops.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 10:00
January 2019
5th 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).
Note: This meeting may have just a few members in attendance due to its close proximity to the holiday period.

Venue: St James Church, Preston Road, Yeovil
Time: 10:00
10th South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our regular monthly meeting.

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

Venue: Titford Pump House, Engine street, OLDBURY
Time: 10:00
19th South Hants Area Group Saturday workshop
This is our regular Saturday workshop, however, as the following weekend is the SMRS exhibition, some of our time may be spent in preparation for that.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 10:00
26th Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Area Group Meeting.
On our third anniversary, a CBUS update will be presented by Peter Brownlow.
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Venue: LWMRS Clubrooms, Knightcote, Warks
Time: 10:00
27th East Scotland AGM

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Venue: West Calder Community Centre, EH55 8DZ
Time: 10:30
February 2019
2nd 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 South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our regular monthly evening meeting. it is open to any Merg members who wish to attend.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 19:30
16th South Hants Area Group Saturday workshop
This is one of our regular mointhly workshops. they are open to any Merg members from any area to come along and get help and advice or work on their own or group projects. Cost is £5 for the day, but this includes free tea/coffee and biscuits all day, on a help yourself basis.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 10:00
17th Scottish Borders AG Meeting


Venue: to be arranged
Time: 13:30
23rd East Scotland Workshop
We aim to teach a vibrant mix of tutored skills as we look to complete our first display from scratch.
We will help you 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
March 2019
2nd 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 South Hants Area Group evening meeting
This is our regular monthly evening meeting, it is open to any Merg members who wish to attend.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society Clubroom.
Time: 19:30
15th JMRI Automation course
The third of the series of JMRI weekend courses, this one deals with automation of trains. Scroll to the very bottom of the diary page to see full details of courses
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Venue: Rushden Transport Museum
Time: 08:00
16th South Hants Area Group Saturday workshop
This is our monthly all day workshop. It is open to any Merg members who wish to come along. Members can bring their own projects to work on or get help with, or join in with group projects. Cost is £5 for the day and includes free tea/coffee and bicuits all day on a serve yourself basis.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society Clubroom
Time: 10:00
30th Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Area Group
Third Presentation in the "CBUS from Soup to Nuts" series
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Venue: Leamington and Warwick MRS Clubroom
Time: 10:00
April 2019
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
11th South Hants Area Group evening meeting
This is our regular monthly evening meeting.

Venue: Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
Time: 19:30
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
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
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
July 2019
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
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
September 2019
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
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

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

January 2019
Chiltern Model Railway Exhibition

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Venue: Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ
Date: 12-13 January
Southampton Model Railway Society exhibition
Merg will have a room at this exhibition, manned by members of the South Hants Area group. We will be looking for demonstration units etc from other groups in order to put on a varied display of Merg equipment.

Venue: Barton Peverill Colleg, Eastleigh, Hampshire. SO50 5BX
Date: 26-27 January
February 2019
The Festival of British Railway Modelling

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Venue: Doncaster Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, Doncaster, DN2 6BB
Date: 09-11 February
March 2019
Leamington and Warwick MRS Annual Show
44th Annual Show.
Trade and layout stands.
MERG stand.
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Venue: Royal Leamington Spa College (aka Warwickshire College)
Date: 02-03 March
Basingstoke and North Hants Model Railway Society Exhibition
The Merg South Hants Area Group will have a stand at this show. Assistance from Thames Valley Group would be most welcome.

Venue: Aldworth Science College, Basingstoke, Hampshire. RG22 6HQ
Date: 09-Mar
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
May 2019
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 Cnetre, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, Berkshire. RG12 9SE
Date: 18-19 May

Training courses

March 2019
JMRI Automation course
The third of the series of JMRI weekend courses, this one deals with automation of trains using scripting and Dispatcher.
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Venue: Rushden Transport Museum
Date: 15-18 March