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

26-Feb JALSIG Beginners' Session
Online Zoom Meeting
27-Feb Arduino SIG Meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
28-Feb Tayside CBUS/JMRI Course
Online Zoom Meeting
29-Feb 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting
01-Mar Wales North AG Zoom Meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
01-Mar Monthly Virtual AG meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
02-Mar 3 Counties Saturday Workshop
Hemel Hempstead MRC Club room
02-Mar Tayside Area Group Workshop
The Friary, Tullideph Road, Dundee, DD2 2PN
02-Mar MERG Somerset Area Group Extra Workshop
St James Church Hall, Preston Road Yeovil BA21 3RL
02-Mar NIAG Monthly Meeting
Cooke Centenary Church Hall
05-Mar 19:30 GMT MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
Grazeley Village Hall
06-Mar Tayside CBUS/JMRI Course
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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