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Enhance your model railway with MERG

Subjects covered at previous morning Sessions

Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned modeller who wants to add electronics to your layout, you are welcome here with us.
The Model Electronic Railway group is a mutual help group covering all levels of knowledge and experience.
The West of Scotland group is the biggest and most active group in the UK.

• We exchange ideas and information (free software, quarterly Journal, comprehensive members' Forum)
• We have local meetings and help sessions
• We provide skills workshops
• We offer a large range of electronic kits at great prices
For more information, contact our Convenor, Davy Dick, at


What happens at our meetings

We have five all-day meetings per year, held on Sundays.
The meetings are held in Glasgow.
The morning sessions usually demonstrate practical skills and techniques, while the afternoon sessions spend time looking at issues in more depth.
A wide range of topics are covered over the year.
Meetings are well attended (between 60 and 90) and are lively, good-humoured and interesting.
The meetings are also an opportunity to buy kits, tools, etc. at very cheap prices.

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• Weathering your locos and wagons
• Making your own trees and bushes
• Building and using a polystyrene cutter
• The benefits of using Ballast Magic
• Navigating the MERG website
• 3D printing
• Building and using a static grass applicator
• Making your own decals for locos and rolling stock
• Painting figures
• Using a Scan 'n Cut machine
• Constructing with plastic
• Explaining the collection of Pocket Money Kits


Subjects covered at previous afternoon sessions

• Wiring your layout
• Making mimic panels
• Adding sound to your layout
• Adding lighting to your layout
• Using servos and steppers for points, signals, turntables, etc.
• Kit building and faultfinding
• Train detection methods and uses
• The CBUS 2-wire system
• Explaining DCC
• The Faller road system
• Automating a layout
• Making baseboards
• Using Templot to plan a layout
• Signals