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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.

September 2020
28th
Time: 19:30
JALSIG Beginners Sessions
Beginners sessions will work through a series of topics to enable participants to develop their programming skills. This session will look at inputs, debouncing and various program flow commands.

To get zoom joining information ensure that you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group in (Your Profile) and view the meeting in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom call
29th
Time: 18:30
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.
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Venue:
Zoom conference call
30th
Time: 19:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting
Randolph's Yard - Andrew Hicks
Venue:
Zoom Virtual Meeting
30th
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
October 2020
1st
Time: 14:00
Wales North meeting An advanced shuttle from PMP kits
Allan Geekie will presnt how to make an advanced shuttle with PMK kits. The total costs okits and extra is likely to be about 10
Venue:
Zoom Virtual Meeting
1st
Time: 19:30
Automation SIG Monthly Meeting
M5830 Dave Smith will present "Automation with JMRI Scripting" demonstrating his own layout and how he has achieved it. 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
1st
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
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
John will talk through his highs and lows in trying to deploy mimic panels on model railway layouts.
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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
7th
Time: 19:30
Arduino SIG Beginners Meeting
The second Arduino Beginners Meeting
Venue:
Zoom Meeting
8th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
9th
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
Cumbria AG Zoom Meeting
TBA
Venue:
Online Zoom Meeting
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 - Dave McCabe
Basic oscilloscope, minimum specification for MR use
Bandwidth considerations
Digital Storage scope
USB oscilloscopes e.g. PicoScope
Time Bases
Calibration
Probes

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Venue:
Zoom video call
14th
Time: 19:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting
RFID Developments - David Taylor
Venue:
Zoom Virtual Meeting
14th
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.
Click for more details
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
15th
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
15th
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
16th
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
16th
Time: 14:00
Wales north Group Group shuttle kit building pt 1
Allan Geekie will start the work on the project and help members, who are working on te kits with any problems.
Venue:
Zoom Virtual Meeting
17th
Time: 10:00
South Hants Area Group all day Saturday workshop
This is our monthly all day workshop, open to any Merg members.
Venue:
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom
18th
Time: 18:00
Irish Area Group virtual meeting
Virtual meeting until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Agenda to come.
Venue:
Zoom video call
20th
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
22nd
Time: 19:30
South Hants AG Zoom Call
Venue:
Zoom Video Call
23rd
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
23rd
Time: 14:00
Cumbria AG Zoom Meeting
TBA
Venue:
Online Zoom Meeting
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 is likely to look at more program flow commands.

To get zoom joining information ensure that you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group in (Your Profile) and view the meeting in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom session
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
28th
Time: 19:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting
Communications - Roger Edwards
Venue:
Zoom Virtual 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
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. Details and agenda to follow.
Venue:
ZOOM ONLINE
November 2020
3rd
Time: 18:30
Virtual Area Group - Logic Analysers - Dave McCabe
Dave will show us how to take advantage of this useful workbench diagnostic tool.
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Venue:
Zoom conference call
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. 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
TBA
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
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 - 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.
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom meeting
11th
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
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.
Click for more details
Venue:
Zoom video call
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
TBA
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 is likely to look at more program flow commands.

To get zoom joining information ensure that you are subscribed to the JAL Special Interest Group in (Your Profile) and view the meeting in (My Upcoming Events).
Venue:
Zoom session
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: 20:00
Tayside Area Group Zoom virtual meeting
Members discuss model rail issues, talk or show, electronic projects on their layout
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.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
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
TBA
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.
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Venue:
Zoom video call
9th
Time: 19:00
Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire VIRTUAL Area Group meeting
Venue:
Zoom Virtual Meeting
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
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
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 - 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
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
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
Presntation on the kitlocker 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
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
February 2021
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
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
March 2021
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
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
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
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

MERG Attended Shows

Training courses

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
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Any Questions?

A reminder with joining instructions will be sent before the call.
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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