Olney Model Railway Club - Home Page

This is a site for people who want to improve their knowledge of equipment and modelling technique and who would like to join a club of like minded people within the Milton Keynes, South Northants and North West Bedfordshire area.

Welcome to the Olney Model Railway Club New Style Website.

The club, founded on the 25th February 1993, is small and friendly and currently has a membership of 23.

We are seeking more new members of any level of skill and experience, from beginners to experts, to assist in building the layouts, or just to run their trains on a much larger track than most people have available at home.

The club is affiliated to the CMRA - the Chiltern Model Railway Association. For their Home Page, click here.

Contents and Layout Guide.

The site is divided into ten sections, with a navigation bar at the top of each page. There is also a repeat of the navigation aid in the left hand margin.

A section has been added, called Articles. The first article is called "Electrics and Model Railways" and is a beginner's guide to wiring a model railway.

A further section called Olney Station Project has been included. We will add to the page as the project takes shape. To accompany the new page Barrie has written an in depth article on the history of the Northampton to Bedford Railway (added to in March 2016).
A second article has been added to the page, describing a special passenger train journey along the line in the summer of 1951.

The latest page to be added is the Club History page, describing the early years of the club, with part two added to include up to 2005.

The latest photographs showing the progress of the Olney Station Project have been added to that page.


Hello Malcolm,
Another good turnout last night (Thursday).

The track laying on the first five boards of the Olney Station project has been completed. The wire for the various bus connections was cut to length for each board and the inter board connector design finalised. Wiring and soldering the rail droppers to the two DCC buses on the first three boards was completed and the 15vac and the two 12vdc buses wired and fixed. The CBUS cable (twisted pair) and connectors were also fixed.

Work continued on the next three boards and we started to fix the point motors to the points and wire the point motors to the CBUS solenoid drivers. The frog and two track power leads were connected to the point operated microswitch, for each point. The few remaining faults were corrected and the CBUS modules programmed. The DCC controller was connected and locomotives run.

This week work continued on the layout, readying it for the exhibition on 3 September. The station end and bridge end corner boards are under construction. The two points for the bridge have been purchased and track laying continues. The Mimic panel wiring is finished all the leds have been programmed to the switches and progress is being made on the operation of the points. Progress is also being made on the scenery. Peter continued work on the main station buildings. Les brought in the new turntable he has designed and built.

The exhibition last year was a great success and we may even have made a little money. There was a lot of interest in the Olney station project which was running, but there were one or two problems which came to light. Some of the board joins had solder on the inside of the track which was fouling on wheel flanges and some points did not work. Club night this week was spent fixing the identified faults and starting to assemble point motors on the remaining board.

The bus wiring on the two OO gauge test tracks and the O gauge tracks have been completed. Wire connections have been made to all sections of track (except the points) using droppers and bus cable. Loco running is much smoother as we are not relying on the track and rail joiners to provide all the power. Many thanks to Chris for all his efforts.

The annual club dinner was held on Thursday evening 21 April 2016 at Donzella's restaurant in Olney. We all had a very pleasant meal and enjoyed the evening. The quiz caused a lot of head scratching, but Barry and Tony seemed to answer most of the questions. Thanks Malcolm for organising the event and to Ken and Brenda for hosting the evening.

You have probably seen it already, but Olney and District Historical Society have an article about the Northampton - Olney - Bedford line, which may be of interest for the Olney Station project.
Click here for the article.

If anyone doing research into the Olney line, would let me know the web sources or any other details, as we progress, I will put them on the Olney station project page.

Thank you for passing on more of Alan's photographs, which are now on the Olney station project page.

The new style web page is up and running, as you can see. Hope you like the look of it. The old pages are still on the web at present and I will put a diversion link on them incase any are bookmarked by anyone.

Best wishes. John

P.S. I have included, because of popular demand, a table of the site statistics for the year to date (31 July 2016).


The next Club meeting will be held on Thursday 25 August, starting at 7.30pm.

Full details can be found by clicking Club Night.

This page was last updated on 19 August 2016.

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