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Model Electronic Railway Group

The Leading Society for Model Railway Electronics

Over 50 years of Innovation: 1967-2021

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.

March 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: 19:30
Tayside Area Group Zoom Meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom session
3rd
Time: 19:30
Arduino SIG Programming Course
Arduino Programming Course Meetings
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
4th
Time: 19:00
Wales_N group meeting Intro to DCC
Pete Brownlow will take us through the elements of DCC and its applications
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
4th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
6th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
Focus on a circuit Series: M8127 Don Willsmer will present KIT91A-CANCMD and KIT92-CANCAB. 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: 10:30
SE QLD MERG Area Group Meeting
Our monthly meeting - workshop
Venue:
Banyo Library, St Vincent St, Banyo
7th
Time: 19:30
Scottish Borders AG Coffee and Chat meeting
Coffee and chat meeting
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 Call
9th
Time: 10:00
Blockly and Grove SIG
First meeting of the Blockly and Grove SIG - a soldering-averse group using Blockly visual programming blocks to animate model railway layouts.
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Venue:
Zoom Video Call
10th
Time: 19:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Virtual Area Group
My Garage Layout - the challenges and solutions - Chris Farmer.
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
10th
Time: 19:30
3 Counties AG (Beds, Bucks and Herts) meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
11th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
12th
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
12th
Time: 14:00
Cumbria AG Zoom Meeting - TBA
Venue:
Zoom
16th
Time: 19:00
North East Area Group Zoom Meeting
Venue:
MERG Zoom Server
17th
Time: 19:30
Tayside Area Group Zoom Meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom session
17th
Time: 19:30
Arduino SIG Programming Course
Arduino Programming Course Meetings
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
18th
Time: 19:00
Aberdeen Area Group Virtual Meeting
Monthly Virtual Meeting on Zoom
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom
18th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
19th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Virtual Repair Shop
This is an online repair shop / workshop where members can bring their problem circuits and/or gadgets for the group to help rectify online. Feel free to bring your your problem circuit along. To get zoom joining information ensure that you are subscribed to the Somerset Area Group in (Your Prof
Venue:
Zoom video conference call
19th
Time: 14:00
Wales_NAG -Automation project
This automation project is adding to the previous project on shuttles. This is based on the ATC kit 45 and it ex[andable with CSR kits to undertake more activities.
Venue:
Zoom meeting
21st
Time: 19:00
Irish Area Group virtual meeting
Monthly Irish AG meetings.
Zoom meetings until we can meet again.
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom video call
21st
Time: 19:30
Scottish Borders AG Coffee and Chat meeting
Coffee and chat meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
22nd
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Session
here will be an opportunity in the first half-hour to raise any problems you might be having in your coding. We will then move on to examine some specific features of the language.

If you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group, view the meeting details in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom Call
23rd
Time: 10:00
Virtual Group
Contributor: Brian Martin. Remote Panel Control (RPC) strategy - 3 different layouts.John Gowers is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Venue:
Zoom
23rd
Time: 19:30
Arduino SIG GitHub Part 3
Sven Rosvall will continue his introduction to using GitHub to manage Arduino software. In this part he will talk about how to collaborate to develop software. Parts 1 and 2 were the first meeting.
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Venue:
Zoom Meeting
24th
Time: 19:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Virtual Area Group
Subject to be defined.
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
25th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
31st
Time: 19:30
Tayside Area Group Zoom Meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom session
April 2021
1st
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
2nd
Time: 14:00
Wales_NAG Whats on the workbench
This is both a review meeting of the first 9 months of the Area group and also a look at what is on members workbenches. This will help in guiding the direction future meetings will take. As this meeting is some weeks weeks in the future, we may by then know more about future restrictions for COVID
Venue:
Zoom meeting
3rd
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
This is an online meeting subjects to be decided. 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
4th
Time: 19:30
Scottish Borders AG Coffee and Chat meeting
Coffee and chat meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
6th
Time: 19:30
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
Doug Kightley on “My T Gauge layouts and How I’ve implemented MERG DCC on them”
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
7th
Time: 19:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Virtual Area Group
Subject to be defined.
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
8th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
12th
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 Call
14th
Time: 19:30
3 Counties AG (Beds, Bucks and Herts) meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
14th
Time: 19:30
Tayside Area Group Zoom Meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom session
15th
Time: 14:00
Wales_NAG Automation Project Meeting
Looking at further developments of automatic the ATC to to have working points and also working signals.
Venue:
Zoom meeting
15th
Time: 19:00
Aberdeen Area Group Virtual Meeting
Monthly Virtual Meeting on Zoom
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Venue:
Zoom
15th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
18th
Time: 19:00
Irish Area Group virtual meeting
Monthly Irish AG meetings.
Zoom meetings until we can meet again.
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom video call
18th
Time: 19:30
Scottish Borders AG Coffee and Chat meeting
Coffee and chat meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
20th
Time: 10:00
Virtual Group
Contributor: Fraser Smith. Servos and servo mounts.
Venue:
Zoom
21st
Time: 19:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Virtual Area Group
Subject to be defined.
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
22nd
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
28th
Time: 19:30
Tayside Area Group Zoom Meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom session
29th
Time: 14:00
Wales_NAG -Automation project
A review of activity so far and Looking at further developments of automatic the ATC to to have working points and also working signals, etc.
Venue:
Zoom meeting
29th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
May 2021
1st
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
This is an online meeting subjects to be decided. 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
2nd
Time: 19:30
Scottish Borders AG Coffee and Chat meeting
Coffee and chat meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
4th
Time: 19:30
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
Nick Murphy on his experiments with the second generation RFID.
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
6th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
10th
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 Call
12th
Time: 19:30
3 Counties AG (Beds, Bucks and Herts) meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
12th
Time: 19:30
Tayside Area Group Zoom Meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom session
13th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
14th
Time: 14:00
Wales_NAG My Mimic Panel Journey -by John Gowers.
John Gowers will present how he decided the detail of making his Mimic panel and the decisions he made on the journey and his eventual decision to use CANPAN.
Venue:
Zoom meeting
16th
Time: 19:00
Irish Area Group virtual meeting
Monthly Irish AG meetings.
Zoom meetings until we can meet again.
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom video call
16th
Time: 19:30
Scottish Borders AG Coffee and Chat meeting
Coffee and chat meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
20th
Time: 19:00
Aberdeen Area Group Virtual Meeting
Monthly Virtual Meeting on Zoom
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom
20th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
24th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Session
here will be an opportunity in the first half-hour to raise any problems you might be having in your coding. We will then move on to examine the code in another PMP kit.

If you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group, view the meeting details in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom Call
26th
Time: 19:30
Tayside Area Group Zoom Meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom session
27th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
28th
Time: 14:00
Wales_NAG -Automation project
This a further extension of the project and will be review of progress and making decision of the future of the project.
Venue:
Zoom meeting
29 to 31st
Time: 09:00
Introduction to CBUS weekend course
Beginners intro to CBUS weekend, assuming no prior knowledge. Please scroll down all the way to the bottom of the MERG diary page to see details of all courses.
Click for more details
Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum
30th
Time: 19:30
Scottish Borders AG Coffee and Chat meeting
Coffee and chat 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
3rd
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
5 to 7th
Time: 09:00
MORE CBUS weekend course
Follow on course from "Introduction to CBUS". Please scroll down all the way to the bottom of the MERG diary page to see details of all courses.
Click for more details
Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum
5th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
This is an online meeting subjects to be decided. 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: 19:30
3 Counties AG (Beds, Bucks and Herts) meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
9th
Time: 19:30
Tayside Area Group Zoom Meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom session
10th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
12 to 14th
Time: 09:00
Starting out with JMRI Panel Pro weekend course
Introductory course on using JMRI Panel Pro to create control panels and operate the layout. Please scroll down all the way to the bottom of the MERG diary page to see details of all courses.
Click for more details
Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum
13th
Time: 19:30
Scottish Borders AG Coffee and Chat meeting
Coffee and chat meeting
Venue:
Zoom 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 Call
17th
Time: 19:00
Aberdeen Area Group Virtual Meeting
Monthly Virtual Meeting on Zoom
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom
17th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
23rd
Time: 19:30
Tayside Area Group Zoom Meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
Venue:
Zoom session
24th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
27th
Time: 19:30
Scottish Borders AG Coffee and Chat meeting
Coffee and chat meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
28th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Session
here will be an opportunity in the first half-hour to raise any problems you might be having in your coding. We will then move on to examine some specific features of the language.

If you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group, view the meeting details in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom Call
July 2021
3rd
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
This is an online meeting subjects to be decided. 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: 19:30
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
TBA
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
11th
Time: 19:30
Scottish Borders AG Coffee and Chat meeting
Coffee and chat meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
12th
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 Call
14th
Time: 19:30
3 Counties AG (Beds, Bucks and Herts) meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
15th
Time: 19:00
Aberdeen Area Group Virtual Meeting
Monthly Virtual Meeting on Zoom
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom
25th
Time: 19:30
Scottish Borders AG Coffee and Chat meeting
Coffee and chat meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
26th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Session
here will be an opportunity in the first half-hour to raise any problems you might be having in your coding. We will then move on to examine the code in another PMP kit.

If you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group, view the meeting details in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom Call
August 2021
3rd
Time: 19:30
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
TBA
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
7th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
This is an online meeting subjects to be decided. 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: 19:30
Scottish Borders AG Coffee and Chat meeting
Coffee and chat meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
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 Call
11th
Time: 19:30
3 Counties AG (Beds, Bucks and Herts) meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
19th
Time: 19:00
Aberdeen Area Group Virtual Meeting
Monthly Virtual Meeting on Zoom
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom
22nd
Time: 19:30
Scottish Borders AG Coffee and Chat meeting
Coffee and chat meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
23rd
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Session
here will be an opportunity in the first half-hour to raise any problems you might be having in your coding. We will then move on to examine the code in another PMP kit.

If you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group, view the meeting details in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom Call
September 2021
4 to 6th
Time: 09:00
JMRI Part 2 weekend course
Second JMRI weekend course - please scroll all the way to the bottom of the main MERG diary page for full details about MERG related courses.
Click for more details
Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum
4th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
This is an online meeting subjects to be decided. 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: 19:30
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
TBA
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
13th
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 Call
16th
Time: 19:00
Aberdeen Area Group Virtual Meeting
Monthly Virtual Meeting on Zoom
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom
27th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Session
here will be an opportunity in the first half-hour to raise any problems you might be having in your coding. We will then move on to examine the code in another PMP kit.

If you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group, view the meeting details in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom Call
October 2021
2nd
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
This is an online meeting subjects to be decided. 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
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 Call
21st
Time: 19:00
Aberdeen Area Group Virtual Meeting
Monthly Virtual Meeting on Zoom
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom
25th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Session
here will be an opportunity in the first half-hour to raise any problems you might be having in your coding. We will then move on to examine the code in another PMP kit.

If you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group, view the meeting details in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom Call
November 2021
2nd
Time: 19:30
MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
TBA
Venue:
This will be a ZOOM meeting
6 to 8th
Time: 09:00
JMRI Part 3 weekend course
Third JMRI weekend course on train automation, scroll all the way to the bottom of the MERG diary page to see details of courses.
Click for more details
Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum
6th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
This is an online meeting subjects to be decided. 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: 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 Call
18th
Time: 19:00
Aberdeen Area Group Virtual Meeting
Monthly Virtual Meeting on Zoom
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom
22nd
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Session
here will be an opportunity in the first half-hour to raise any problems you might be having in your coding. We will then move on to examine the code in another PMP kit.

If you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group, view the meeting details in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom Call
December 2021
4th
Time: 10:00
MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
This is an online meeting subjects to be decided. 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: 19:00
Aberdeen Area Group Virtual Meeting
Monthly Virtual Meeting on Zoom
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom
27th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG beginners Session
here will be an opportunity in the first half-hour to raise any problems you might be having in your coding. We will then move on to examine the code in another PMP kit.

If you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group, view the meeting details in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom Call

MERG Attended Shows

Training courses

May 2021
29 to 31st
Introduction to CBUS weekend course
Beginners intro to CBUS weekend, assuming no prior knowledge. Learn the basics of CBUS, build CBUS kits, get them working and learn how to set up your CBUS for your layout.
Click for more details
Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum
June 2021
5 to 8th
MORE CBUS weekend course
A follow on course from "Introduction to CBUS" that covers many more detailed facets of CBUS, including logic using CANCOMPUTE and working with the Universal CANMIO firwmware.
Click for more details
Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum
12 to 14th
Starting out with JMRI Panel Pro weekend course
Introductory course on using JMRI Panel Pro to create control panels and operate the layout. This course assumes no prior knowledge of JMRI.
Click for more details
Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum
September 2021
4 to 6th
JMRI Part 2 weekend course
Second JMRI weekend course on blocks, train identification (RFID and Railcom), entry-exit routing and lots on signalling.
Click for more details
Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum
November 2021
6 to 8th
JMRI Part 3 weekend course
Third JMRI weekend course on train automation, covering various automation techniques including custom scripts, YAAT and Dispatcher.
Click for more details
Venue:
Rushden Transport Museum