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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.

October 2020
26th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Session
Beginners sessions will work through a series of topics to enable participants to develop their programming skills. This session will look at program flow commands FOR and REPEAT. We will also look at how various commands can be used in debouncing routimes.

If you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group, view the meeting details in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom Call
27th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group - CBUS and DC Control - Robert Thomas
Rob 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
27th
Time: 14:30
Arduino SIG Meeting Ins and Outs of the Arduino
Arduino SIG Meeting on The Ins and Outs of the Arduino. A look at the ways data can be shared with other devices, including CBUS.
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
28th
Time: 19:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting
Communications - Roger Edwards
Venue:
Zoom Virtual Meeting
28th
Time: 19:30
Tayside Area Group Zoom virtual meeting
Tonight Alex Hunter will give a talk on Loco Detection, which is one of the topics from our recent Poll list.

This will be followed by a general Q&A session
Venue:
Zoom Call
29th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
30th
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
30th
Time: 14:00
Wales North - FCU for beginners
Alan Turner will give an update and how to presentation on FCU.
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
31st
Time: 10:00
MERG East Midlands Area group ONLINE meeting
Area group ONLINE meeting. Doug Kightley on his T-gauge layouts and MERG/JMRI automation. Full agenda to follow.
Venue:
ZOOM ONLINE
31st
Time: 14:00
East Scotland Zoom Meet
Venue:
Your Home
November 2020
1st
Time: 14:00
Scottish Borders Virtual Area Group Meeting
Andrew Robb will do a talk on Animated OLED Displays and how he did the "cafe sign"
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
3rd
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group - CANCELLED
The presentation on Logic Analysers will take place in the New Year.
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Venue:
Zoom conference call
3rd
Time: 19:30
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
Howard Watkins will give a talk on "Crimping, Bootlace Ferrules and joining wires"
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
4th
Time: 19:30
Arduino SIG Beginners Course III
This is the third presentation in the Beginners Course for Arduino Programming presented by Terry Bailey.
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
5th
Time: 11:00
Automation SIG Monthly Meeting
M1925 Paul Howes will present "Blocks in Automation". Paul will take us through the many types of setup and sensing options. Can members of the group bring to the meeting methods they use to determine blocks and sensors used, if not covered by Paul. To get zoom joining information ensure that you are subscribed to the Automation Special Interest Group in (Your Profile) and view the meeting in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
5th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
6th
Time: 14:00
Cumbria AG Zoom Meeting
Arduino Shuttle - Tony Hoath

Tony has built an interesting Arduino driven shuttle. Today he will describe how it works.
Venue:
Online Zoom Meeting
7th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
M7517 Kerry Naumann will give a presentation on EzyBus. 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
7th
Time: 10:30
London Area Group
Venue:
Keen House, Kings Cross
7th
Time: 13:30
Annual General Meeting
Venue:
Online via Zoom
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
7th
Time: 14:30
SE QLD MERG Virtual Monthly Meeting
The monthly SE QLD MERG virtual meeting. Note: the time is Brisbane time. Contact Stephen Sherwood at sequeensland@merg.org.uk for details.
Venue:
Zoom Call
9th
Time: 19:30
JAL Special Interest Group Zoom 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 meeting
10th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group - CBUS on P4 - Paul Townsend
Paul 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: 19:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting
MERG DCC Update - Simon West
Venue:
Zoom Virtual Meeting
11th
Time: 19:30
3 Counties (Beds, Bucks and Herts) meeting
During the current COVID-19 situation, we are using Zoom to conduct our usual monthly meetings. Our usual format is to for members to show us the projects they have been working on, the problems they have encountered, and we discuss solutions to help them complete their projects.
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Venue:
Zoom meeting
11th
Time: 19:30
Tayside Area Group Zoom virtual meeting
Tonight Alan Anderson will give a talk on Adding Sound, which is one of the topics from our recent Poll list.

This will be followed by a general Q&A session
Venue:
Zoom Call
12th
Time: 14:00
Wales North Group Shuttle kit kit building part 2
This is a continuation of work on developing an advanced shuttle from inexpensiv kits
Venue:
Zoom Virtual Meeting
12th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
15th
Time: 18:00
Irish Area Group virtual meeting
Virtual meeting until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Agenda to come.
Venue:
Zoom video call
17th
Time: 12:30
Virtual Area Group - How Kits Work - Martin Perry
Martin 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
18th
Time: 19:30
Arduino SIG Beginners Course IV
This is the fourth presentation in the Beginners Course for Arduino Programming presented by Terry Bailey.
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
19th
Time: 11:00
Automation SIG Show and Tell Session
This is a relaxed session with no presentation, just members sharing progress or problems with their automation projects. To get zoom joining information ensure that you are subscribed to the Automation Special Interest Group in (Your Profile) and view the meeting in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
19th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
20th
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
20th
Time: 14:00
Cumbria AG Zoom Meeting
Coffee and Chat. Tea and Tattle if you prefer.

Bring your own brew and lets see what we have been working on.

No doubt a Bus or three will be mentioned!
Venue:
Online Zoom Meeting
23rd
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Session
Beginners sessions will work through a series of topics to enable participants to develop their programming skills. This session will look at reading and writing values to EEPROM and setting them when programming a chip.

If you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group, view the meeting details in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom Call
24th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group - RFID - Mike Bolton
Mike Bolton will be describing the work he has been undertaking 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
25th
Time: 19:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting
Between Analogue and CBUS - Andy Cumming
Venue:
Zoom Virtual Meeting
25th
Time: 19:30
Tayside Area Group Zoom virtual meeting
Tonight ColinB will give a talk on Coupling/Uncoupling, which again is one of the topics from our recent Poll list.

This will be followed by a general Q&A session
Venue:
Zoom Call
25th
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Zoom virtual meeting
Tonight Colin B will give a talk on Coupling/Uncoupling, which is another one of the topics from our recent Poll list.

This will be followed by a general Q&A session
Venue:
Zoom meeting
26th
Time: 14:00
PTP lite presentation /Wales North monthly meeting
Judi Rastall will give a presentation on the construction and operation of PTP Lite. This will be followed by a Q&A and discussion
Venue:
zoom virtual meeting
26th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
28th
Time: 10:00
MERG East Midlands Area group ONLINE meeting
Area group ONLINE meeting. Details and agenda to follow.
Venue:
ZOOM ONLINE
December 2020
1st
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group - Test and Trace - Simon West
Simon will take you through some basic fault finding techniques in the unlikely event that your MERG kit does not work.
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom video call
1st
Time: 19:30
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
An end of year "What has been on my workbench over the year"
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
3rd
Time: 11:00
Automation SIG Monthly Meeting
Subject (TBC) To get zoom joining information ensure that you are subscribed to the Automation Special Interest Group in (Your Profile) and view the meeting in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
3rd
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
4th
Time: 14:00
Cumbria AG Zoom Meeting
Howard Watkins - Crimping, Bootlace Ferrules and Joining wires.

Today we welcome Howard with his interesting talk on Crimping, now expanded to include Bootlace Ferules and joining wires.
Venue:
Online Zoom Meeting
5th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
M7517 Kerry Naumann will give a presentation on PIC Programming. 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 - CBUS Deployment on O-Gauge - Dave McCabe
Dave will present a CBUS wiring strategy for a large club O gauge layout.
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom video call
9th
Time: 19:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting
Venue:
Zoom Virtual Meeting
9th
Time: 19:30
3 Counties AG (Beds, Bucks and Herts) meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
9th
Time: 19:30
Tayside Area Group Zoom virtual meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom Call
9th
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Zoom virtual meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom meeting
10th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
11th
Time: 14:00
Wales North AG Shuttle kit building part 3
The third of the series of meetings to advance the shuttle kit project
Venue:
Zoom Virtual Meeting
14th
Time: 19:30
JAL Special Interest Group Zoom 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 meeting
15th
Time: 12:30
Virtual Area Group - How Kits Work - Martin Perry
Martin 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
17th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
18th
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
18th
Time: 14:00
Cumbria AG Zoom Meeting
TBA
Venue:
Online Zoom Meeting
22nd
Time: 10:00
Virtual Area Group - What is on Our Workbenches
A 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
23rd
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Zoom virtual meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom meeting
24th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
28th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Session
Beginners sessions will work through a series of topics to enable participants to develop their programming skills. This session will look at more program flow commands.

If you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group, view the meeting details in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom Call
31st
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
January 2021
2nd
Time: 11:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
M7517 Kerry Naumann will give a presentation on CBUS with CANVOUT. 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
5th
Time: 19:30
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
TBA
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
6th
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Zoom virtual meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom meeting
7th
Time: 14:00
Wales North AG kitlocker presentaion and available kits:
Paul Tomkins the new kits sales manager will provide a look at the working of the kit locker and the avialble kits and possible future developments.
Venue:
Zoom Virtual Meeting
11th
Time: 19:30
JAL Special Interest Group Zoom 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 meeting
13th
Time: 19:30
3 Counties AG (Beds, Bucks and Herts) meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
20th
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Zoom virtual meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom meeting
25th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Session
Beginners sessions will work through a series of topics to enable participants to develop their programming skills. This session will look at more program flow commands.

If you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group, view the meeting details in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom Call
February 2021
2nd
Time: 19:30
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
John Gowers will present "A way to add LED lighting to coaches and avoid the dreaded flicker"
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
3rd
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Zoom virtual meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom meeting
8th
Time: 19:30
JAL Special Interest Group Zoom 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 meeting
10th
Time: 19:30
3 Counties AG (Beds, Bucks and Herts) meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
17th
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Zoom virtual meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom meeting
22nd
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Session
Beginners sessions will work through a series of topics to enable participants to develop their programming skills. This session will look at more program flow commands.

If you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group, view the meeting details in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom Call
March 2021
2nd
Time: 19:30
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
TBA
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
3rd
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Zoom virtual meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom meeting
10th
Time: 19:30
3 Counties AG (Beds, Bucks and Herts) meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
17th
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Zoom virtual meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom meeting
22nd
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Session
Beginners sessions will work through a series of topics to enable participants to develop their programming skills. This session will look at more program flow commands.

If you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group, view the meeting details in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom Call
31st
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Zoom virtual meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom meeting
April 2021
6th
Time: 19:30
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
TBA
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
14th
Time: 19:30
3 Counties AG (Beds, Bucks and Herts) meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
14th
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Zoom virtual meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom meeting
28th
Time: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Zoom virtual meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom meeting
May 2021
4th
Time: 19:30
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
TBA
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
12th
Time: 19:30
3 Counties AG (Beds, Bucks and Herts) meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
June 2021
1st
Time: 19:30
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
TBA
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
9th
Time: 19:30
3 Counties AG (Beds, Bucks and Herts) meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
July 2021
6th
Time: 19:30
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
TBA
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
14th
Time: 19:30
3 Counties AG (Beds, Bucks and Herts) meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
August 2021
3rd
Time: 19:30
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
TBA
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
11th
Time: 19:30
3 Counties AG (Beds, Bucks and Herts) meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
September 2021
7th
Time: 19:30
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
TBA
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting

MERG Attended Shows

Training courses

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