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 Website.

The club, founded on the 25th February 1993, is small and friendly and currently has a membership of 12.

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 three added to include up to 2010.

The latest photographs showing the progress of the Olney Station Project have been added to that page and photographs of last years exhibition are on the exhibition page.

At the AGM it was agreed that subs would go up to £3.00 per visit and the annual fee would be £40.00.

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Please note that the club is now open again on Thursday evenings.

Hello Malcolm,
The last meeting on Thursday night (16 September), was well attended, with tea or coffee available, but no biscuits or other food at present.

It is with regret that we will be unable to stage our usual Model Railway Exhibition, due in September 2021, because of the COVID-19 epidemic. Many club members are in the high risk category and feel that mass vaccination has not left us enough time to organise after the full reopening of society, in July.

We were working on the new N gauge layout using the Market Cross baseboard, which has been repainted and a thin layer of cork has been glued to the top surface. A plan has been hatched and the DCC bus wires have been installed underneath the base board and track is being laid out and droppers being fitted to the track. We are also proceeding with Buckleberry Lane. The layout has four points (turnouts) and track using Peco 75 00/H0 fine scale. Servos have been fitted to operate the points and scenery has been constructed. Push button switches and LED's were installed in to the mimic panel, which has been connected to the Model Electronic Railway Group (MERG) mimic panel drive unit (CANPAN). A Servo control board has been built and installed (CANMIO-SERVO) , which gives up to eight circuits. Four servos have been used to operate points and three will be used to operate uncouplers and the other to perhaps operate a semaphore signal. A further board (CANACC8) has been used to switch 12volts dc, again up to eight individual circuits, four to operate relays to achieve frog polarity switching for the four points deployed and two circuits to light LEDs in the signal box and the platform lamp posts.

Work is also progressing on changes to the test track. The circular test tracks is beeing altered to allow for a lift out section so that access can be gained to the front of the Olney Station layout without having to duck under the test track, when the occasion demands. We are working on the Olney Station layout, building two mimic boards for the fiddle yard, relaying some track to prevent a derailment fault and redesigning the lift up section.

New support trestles for the Olney Station layout have been built, with height adjusters incorporated to level the aluminium support rectangular section tube. Four of the main boards have had their end sections shaved using a jig and router, so that the boards join together properly. The layout has been reassembled, but we are researching the best way to fix the boards together. The station platform edges have been adjusted using a track mounted router, which was designed and machined by Les. The large notice board has been moved from the ground floor to the first room on the top floor, where it has been repainted and is now in use.

A lot of work has been done to improve the club room. The electrical wiring has been replaced with more ring circuits installed to allow for better heating during winter. The first room has been redecorated and the old store room at the top of the stairs has been fitted out with benches and wall covering and a new ceiling has been installed. The ceiling above the stairs, which was very tired hardboard, has been taken down and replaced. Material has been purchased for a false ceiling in the first room and has been installed. The areas have been repainted, by a small working party on Tuesday mornings. Some old, but serviceable carpet has been donated and has been laid. The stair carpet has been removed and scrapped and one of the wooden treads has been replaced and replacement carpet fitted.

It was agreed that Saint Peter's Creamery should be dismantled and changed into a new design using the existing baseboard, with two end extensions. The new layout is called Buckleberry Lane.

Thanks to Peter for writing the Phonebox Magazine article regarding the exhibition and taking photographs of the event. I have been able to publish some Photographs of the 2018 exhibition, accessed via the exhibition page.

Alan B has kindly donated some locomotives and rolling stock for use on the layout.

Chris has fitted DCC decoders to the two car Diesel Multiple Unit and a 0-6-0 3F tender engine, which were run on the layout. Peter has provided some photographs of the exhibition 2017, which are now on that exhibition page.

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. One of the 00 gauge track circuits has a switch fitted to allow DC or DCC controllers to be connected. Many thanks to Chris for all his efforts.

The last annual club dinner was held on Thursday evening 19 September 2019, again at Donzella's restaurant in Olney. We all had a very pleasant meal and enjoyed the evening. Alan, the chairman, gave a short address before the start of the meal, thanking all the members for their hard work during the last year. Many thanks to Malcolm for organising the meal and also to the staff of Donzella for making the evening a success. We hope to organise another dinner this year.

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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. Most of the old pages have been replaced by a diversion page on to the new website in case they have been bookmarked, or accessed via Google or other search engines, which may still hold the old data.

Exhibition 2019 web page is open, showing details of the exhibition, held on 7 September 2019. This years exhibition has been cancelled.

Best wishes. John.

P.S. I have included, because of popular demand, a table of the site statistics for the year to date (31 March 2020). We are only able to update the statistics without the usual bar graph at present.


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Please note that club meetings have restarted.

Full details can be found by clicking Club Night.

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This page was last updated on 18 September 2021.

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