Model Electronic Railway Group

The Leading Society for Model Railway Electronics

Online application & Renewals

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Membership fees

Joining fee: £5.00
Annual fee:

UK resident £16.00
Europe resident £18.00
RoW, including USA £20.00


Existing members can renew using PayPal - via the Membership System.


MERG exists to bring together people interested in the application of electronics and/or computers to all aspects of railway modelling. The Group presents a forum where members suggest and discuss new ideas and improvements on the old.

The Group maintains a library of over 240 Technical Bulletins (available only to members) covering numerous applications of electronics to the hobby such as: signalling, train detection, command control (both Zero1 and DCC), sound as well as computer interfacing and control. New and updated bulletins are available for download from our members only pages on this website. (180 of the bulletins are currently available for downloading).

Membership is open to all modellers or would be modellers aged 16 and over, whatever the scale, gauge or prototype modelled, electronics are applicable to all. MERG has a membership of over 3,700, ranging from professional electronic engineers to amateur beginners, from overseas as well as throughout the UK.

A growing list of kits, including Train-on-Track indicators, Gas Lamp Twinklers, Computer Control systems, DCC and the Layout Control Bus Systems are available to members.

The Journal is issued quarterly and includes members’ questions and answers, their achievements and details of new products of interest and details of forthcoming meetings. Back issues of the Journal are archived on the MERG Members website. Many of the members also keep in touch through the Group's forum. There are also a few specialised email discussion groups which members may join if they develop an interest in the relevant topic.

Meetings are held regularly in London, usually with a technical talk given, and there are local area groups throughout the UK who meet regularly.There are also a few area groups in other countries and, for those not readily able to attend an area group there is also a virtual area group meeting up for live discussion via the internet.

We try to offer guidance to members with general queries but do not as a group undertake detail design or production for specific applications.

Membership Costs

Membership is currently £16.00 annually for members within the UK. To cover additional postage costs this is increased to £18.00 elsewhere in the Royal Mail Europe Zone and £20.00 for the rest of the world. There is also a joining fee of £5.00.

Note: membership runs for a 12 month period from the date of joining.

You can join and pay by credit / debit card or PayPal using our online application process. Online payment will give you almost immediate access to our online facilities.

The new members rates are shown in the following table.

Location Annual fee Joining fee Total
Resident in UK £16.00 £5.00 £21.00
Resident elsewhere in Europe £18.00 £5.00 £23.00
Resident elsewhere including USA £20.00 £5.00 £25.00

If interested check out the Group Charter and Rules.

To join MERG today, complete the online application and make payment (using either Paypal or Credit/Debit Card).