Model Electronic Railway Group

The Leading Society for Model Railway Electronics

About MERG

MERG (Model Electronic Railway Group) is an international, UK based society for people interested in the application of electronics and computing to all aspects of railway modelling.

Our aim is to enhance enjoyment of railway modelling by the development and use of electronics and computing to assist control and operation of our layouts.

To achieve this aim we publish a regular Journal with all previous issues archived in the online library. We also have an active online forum and extensive knowledgebase (wiki) including video tutorials. We also make available to members an extensive range of electronic kits ranging from the simple to the sophisticated, all developed and produced by members for members. Our area groups and special interest groups provide opportunities for face to face and Zoom meetings for social interaction and mutual assistance.
Further information on all these aspects of MERG activity is available on other sections of this page and in more detail on the linked pages. Feel free to browse and if you like what you see join us.

Joining MERG

Membership of MERG is amazingly good value, starting at just £24 per annum.

Click the sign to find out more about membership and to access our online joining form.

Young MERG

Young MERG membership is available to any bright spark living in the UK, aged 12 or upwards, through online application and with the consent of a parent or guardian - who must also accompany the Young MERG member, and remain in attendance, at MERG events

Click the sign to find out more about Young MERG and to join online.

More information

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MERG Area Groups and Special Interest Groups

One of the excellent beneficial aspects of joining MERG is access to our growing number of MERG Area Groups and Special Interest Groups.

Area Groups are located in many areas of the UK and worldwide - giving members the chance to meet and share knowledge. Members are encouraged to form new area groups where needed. Special Interest Groups allow members interested in the relevant topic to share their interest without geographical restriction and usually meet via Zoom.

To keep active during the Coronavirus lock down many Area Groups started holding Zoom meetings and some have continued to hold Zoom meetings in addition to in person meetings.

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What's On

12-Apr Croydon Area Group Meeting
Croydon Model Railway Society Clubhouse
13-Apr Merseyside Area Group Face-To-Face Meeting
Liverpool & West Lancs. 'O' Gauge Group clubrooms
14-Apr West Midlands Area Group Spring Meeting
14-Apr Scottish Borders Area Group Face to Face
Hawick Men\'s Shed 7 Lothian Street Hawick TD9 9HD
15-Apr E101 Projects Update
Online Zoom Meeting
17-Apr Tayside Area Group Zoom session
Online Zoom Meeting
18-Apr Croydon AG Afternoon Workshop
Croydon Model Railway Society Clubhouse
18-Apr 19:30 BST South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting
19-Apr MERG Somerset Area Group Virtual Coffee Break
Online Zoom Meeting
20-Apr 09:30 BST South Hants Saturday Workshop
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
21-Apr Irish Area Group virtual meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
22-Apr JALSIG Beginners' Session
Online Zoom Meeting

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Resources & Information

Below are links to various resources and information pages relating to electronics and electronic components that MERG makes freely available (subject to any copyright notices). Most of these are the responsibility of members(s), and MERG accepts no responsibility or liability for their use nor offers any warranty or validation on them.

Model Rail Electronics Book

MERG is pleased to recommend and support the widely downloaded book, written by MERG member Davy Dick, entitled "Electronics for Model Railways".

This excellent publication is available for free download.

Click here to read more about it and download a copy.


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