MERG Model Electronic Railway Group
MERG (Model Electronic Railway Group) is an international, UKbased group promoting interest in the application of electronics (including computers) to all aspects of railway modelling. The Group provides opportunities for adults (18 and over) to broaden their knowledge and share information and ideas. We do this through a regular journal and many Technical Bulletins published by members for members, by our forum and email discussion groups and by a programme of meetings and visits. We also provide tutors for weekend courses held at Missenden Abbey. Where appropriate kits for construction of member-designed equipment are made available to members, currently these include Computer Control, Layout Control and DCC equipment. Examples of some of these kits are shown on our demonstration stand as built by members of the South Wales Area Group. Membership details are also available on the stand.
Diesel and Electric Modelers United (DEMU)
Diesel and Electric Modellers United (demu) was formed in 1994 as an independent society catering for all modellers of the railways of mainland Britain in the Diesel and Electric era regardless of scale/gauge affiliations or modelling ability. We aim to promote all aspects of this period by exchanging information and ideas in our quarterly magazine 'UPDate' and our members-only web forum, which feature modelling and prototype articles on a wide range of subjects. We try to cover subjects not normally seen in the mainstream modelling press and aim to be as in depth, informative and as accurate as possible. All back issues of 'UPDate' are still available in compendium form. We have a network of Area Groups established across Britain that hold regular meetings and we hold an annual Showcase where the very best of diesel and electric era railway modelling may be seen. A scale drawing service is available to members, along with digest sheets on D&E related subjects. We are also working with various kit and RTR manufacturers to provide prototype information and market research on proposed new products.
Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway
The railway is a major attraction in the Cotswolds running steam trains on every operating day with the railway almost completely run by volunteers. We have heritage stations and gorgeous scenery. The line currently runs for 12 miles north from Cheltenham Racecourse passing our principle station at Toddington and extending northwards towards Broadway where we be opening a new station in 2018. Our Toddington and Winchcombe stations offer many things to see and do as well as including a café and tea rooms respectively. Our special events include wartime, steam gala and Thomas the Tank Engine weekends all of which prove extremely popular. We are fund raising to complete the extension to Broadway and information on how you could help will be available on the stand along with leaflets on our many special activities. Much more is on our website.