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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.

August 2020
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
Howard will give a presentation on the CBUS Beginner's kits. This will explain the process Howard went through and the decisions made.


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Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
5th
Time: 19:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting
Members Projects.

David Thomas / Bill Fitch - JMRI Projects

Clive Wilkins - A low tech solution.
Venue:
Zoom Virtual Meeting
5th
Time: 19:20
Cardiff Area Group Virtual Meeting - August 5th 7.20pm
Following on from last months meeting, Phil will talk further about automatic breaking and DCC block stop.
Gary will chat about 'My MERG Journey', hoping to shed some light on why he joined MERG.

No doubt we will also chat about 3D printing MERG kits and Arduino.
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Venue:
Zoom Virtual Merting
5th
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Bi-Weekly Meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom Online Meeting
6th
Time: 14:00
Wales North Area Group meeting
First meeting of the new Wales North Area Group
Venue:
Zoom Virtual 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 zoom joining information ensure that you are subscribed to the Somerset Area Group in (Your Profile) and view the meeting in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
9th
Time: 14:00
Scottish Borders Virtual Area Group Meeting
Coffee and chat meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
10th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG meeting
Regular Show and Tell meeting where a member will show the project that they are working on and discuss how they have tackled the programming.

This session will feature Simon West talking about a program he has developed using a PIC16F628A chip to drive a double 7 segment display. The program uses a predefined library file to reduce the amount of coding needed.
Venue:
Zoom
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
11th
Time: 19:00
North East Area Group Zoom Meeting
Showing presentation "FCU for beginners"
Venue:
MERG Zoom Server
12th
Time: 19:30
Three counties Virtual meeting
Three Counties Monthly Meeting
Venue:
Online
13th
Time: 19:30
South Hants Area Group meeting
This is our regular monthly meeting.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
15th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
M3032 Peter Watson will demonstrate resistance soldering for the group. Then something new for the group. A Wot & Y session on a module schematic. (What is this component and Why is it there?). Members are encouraged to bring their questions for circuits and several other members will attempt to explain just what it does and why. To get zoom joining information ensure that you are subscribed to the Somerset Area Group in (Your Profile) and view the meeting in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
16th
Time: 14:00
WoSAG Zoom meeting
Join us from 1:55pm onwards,for a 2pm start.
Circuit emulation software.
Venue:
Zoom meeting
16th
Time: 18:00
Irish Area Group virtual meeting
The agenda will be Your Workbench and Question Time.
Zoom details will be added later.
Venue:
Zoom video call
18th
Time: 12:30
Virtual Area Group
Martin Perry will explain how CANCAB works using the circuit diagram and the components on the printed circuit board.
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Venue:
Zoom video conference call
19th
Time: 19:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting
Members Projects.

Mick Bonwick - Modelling the railway

Ian Kay - JMRI & CBUS Control for conventional DC.

Jeremy Mole - A new micro layout.
Venue:
Zoom Virtual Meeting
19th
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom Online Meeting
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 zoom joining information ensure that you are subscribed to the Somerset Area Group in (Your Profile) and view the meeting in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
24th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners meeting
Beginners Classes in using JAL.

First program - Blink a LED (or two) with the chip of your choice. How many ways can we do it?

Ideally have your prototyping board set up with a couple of LEDs. Anodes (long legs) into the 5V terminal and the two cathodes into the two top right outputs (slip a bit of heat shrink tubing over one of the cathodes to prevent shorting).
Venue:
Zoom session
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 zoom joining information ensure that you are subscribed to the Somerset Area Group in (Your Profile) and view the meeting in (My Upcoming Events).
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
29th
Time: 14:00
MERG East of Scotland
TBC
Venue:
Zoom meeting
September 2020
1st
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group
Paul Townsend will look at how best to deploy CBUS on an N Gauge layout.

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Venue:
Zoom conference call
1st
Time: 19:00
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
Andy Brown will give an update on his script for our Demo layout.
Ian Morgan will do a "show and tell" on his build of Pete Brownlow's CANINP & CANOUT 12V modules (available from his Shopify Business).
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Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
2nd
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Meeting
Venue:
Zoom Online Meeting
5th
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 zoom joining information ensure that you are subscribed to the Somerset Area Group in (Your Profile) and view the meeting in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
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
9th
Time: 19:30
Three counties Virtual meeting
Three Counties Monthly Meeting
Venue:
Online
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: 10:30
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
14th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG meeting
Regular Show and Tell meeting where a member will show the project that they are working on and discuss how they have tackled the programming.
Venue:
Zoom session
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.
16th
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Meeting
Venue:
Zoom Online Meeting
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
Davy Dick will talk through the popular, simple to use layout control system - EzyBus.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
28th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Classes
Get help when starting to use JAL
Venue:
Zoom
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
30th
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Meeting
Venue:
Zoom Online Meeting
October 2020
3rd
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
M1925 Paul Howes will give a presentation on "Your Ladder to Logical Success" a study in using ladder logic and PLCs on a model railway. To get zoom joining information ensure that you are subscribed to the Somerset Area Group in (Your Profile) and view the meeting in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
6th
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group
Tears and Mimic Panels - John Gowers
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Venue:
Zoom conference call
6th
Time: 19:00
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
Laurence Stant will give a presentation "Pushing JMRI to the limits: Swindon Panel at Didcot Railway Centre". For details on the Swndon panel see https://www.swindonpanel.org.uk/
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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.
12th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG meeting
Regular Show and Tell meeting where a member will show the project that they are working on and discuss how they have tackled the programming.
Venue:
Zoom session
13th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group
Oscilloscopes - Paul Townsend

Basic ‘scope, minimum specification for MR use
Bandwidth considerations
Digital Storage scope
USB ‘scopes e.g. PicoScope
Time Bases
Calibration
Probes

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Venue:
Zoom video call
14th
Time: 19:30
Three counties Virtual meeting
Three counties Zoom meeting
Venue:
Online
14th
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Meeting
Venue:
Zoom Online Meeting
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.
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom video call
26th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Classes
Get help when starting to use JAL
Venue:
Zoom session
27th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group
CBUS and DC Control - Robert Thomas. Rob will talk about the circuits he has investigated to design a CBUS event driven DC locomotive controller.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
28th
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Meeting
Venue:
Zoom Online Meeting
November 2020
3rd
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group
Logic Analysers - Dave McCabe
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Venue:
Zoom conference call
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
9th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG meeting
Regular Show and Tell meeting where a member will show the project that they are working on and discuss how they have tackled the programming.
Venue:
Zoom session
10th
Time: 10:00
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 video call
11th
Time: 19:30
Three counties Virtual meeting
Three Counties Monthly Meeting
Venue:
Online
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.
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom video call
23rd
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Classes
Get help when starting to use JAL
Venue:
Zoom session
24th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group
Mike Bolton will be describing the work he has been undertakiing with Nick Murphy on Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) using 13.56 MHz. This is used to both detect and identify locos and rolling stock.
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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
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
Dave McCabe will present a CBUS wiring strategy for a large club O gauge layout.
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom video call
9th
Time: 19:30
Three counties Virtual meeting
Three Counties Monthly Meeting
Venue:
Online
14th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG meeting
Regular Show and Tell meeting where a member will show the project that they are working on and discuss how they have tackled the programming.
Venue:
Zoom session
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

October 2020
3rd
Fareham Model Railway club Exhibition Cancelled
This is the Fareham Model Railway Club's annual exhibition.
Venue:
Fareham Leisure Center. Fareham, Hampshire.
10th
Farnham and District MRC Annual Exhibition CANCELLED
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

August 2020
5th
MERG Grand Tour - August
An introduction to MERG for new members.

Welcome and Introduction
What is MERG?
The Community
- Local Area Groups
- The Forum
Publications
- Journal including repository
- Newsletter
Kits for Sale
My Kit Won’t Work
On-Line Resources
- Web pages
- Technical Bulletins
- Forum
- MERG TV
Search
Any Questions?

A reminder with joining instructions will be sent before the call.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
17th
Demystifying Components - Power Supply Units (PSUs)
Paul will discuss the ins and outs of providing power to the various types of usit to be found on a modern model railway.
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Venue:
Zoom Video Call
September 2020
2nd
MERG Grand Tour - September
An introduction to MERG for new members.

Welcome and Introduction
What is MERG?
The Community
- Local Area Groups
- The Forum
Publications
- Journal including repository
- Newsletter
Kits for Sale
My Kit Won’t Work
On-Line Resources
- Web pages
- Technical Bulletins
- Forum
- MERG TV
Search
Any Questions?

A reminder with joining instructions will be sent before the call.
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
12th
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. This course will take place now in 2021, in the meantime there will be Zoom sessions on the originally scheduled date for those who have booked a place on the physical course.
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Venue:
Zoom Online
14th
Demystifying Components - 555 Timer Chip
How one of the world's most successful integrated circuits can be used in model railways.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
21st
Demystifying Components - Printed Circuit Boards
Fraser will describe the process for producing printed circuit boards and show how easy it is to take boards from the Printed Circuit Board library and get them manufactured.
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Venue:
Zoom Video Call
28th
Demystifying Components - Power Switching with MOSFETs
Paul will describe how to use MOSFETs to switch larger amounts of current.
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Venue:
Zoom Video Call
October 2020
7th
MERG Grand Tour - October
An introduction to MERG for new members.

Welcome and Introduction
What is MERG?
The Community
- Local Area Groups
- The Forum
Publications
- Journal including repository
- Newsletter
Kits for Sale
My Kit Won’t Work
On-Line Resources
- Web pages
- Technical Bulletins
- Forum
- MERG TV
Search
Any Questions?

A reminder with joining instructions will be sent before the call.
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
12th
Demystifying Components - Questions and Answers
After all those calls, did you suddenly think of a question that you wish that you had asked at the time. Perhaps you tried do do something at home at were mystified by the blue smoke. Here is your chance to get answers to all those questions.
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Venue:
Zoom Video Call
March 2021
27 to 29th
Introduction to CBUS weekend course
Introduction to CBUS weekend course - assumes no prior knowledge of CBUS
Click for more details
Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum