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.
The club, founded on the 25th February 1993, is small and friendly and currently has a membership of 20.
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.
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 and photographs of last years exhibition are on the exhibition page (Click on the Exhibition 2017 link in the left hand side navigation column)
The meeting last night (Thursday) was again very well attended, with the usual good humour and tea or coffee.
This week work continued on the fiddle yard boards one and four. The servo motors and brackets were being prepared for fitting to the points (turnouts) and the servo drive boards were being tested. Peter brought in the station buildings and reviewed their positions, with a view to fixing them down with magnets, so that they can be easily removed for transporting. He also started positioning the Goods shed, modifying the doors slightly to give the correct clearances for goods wagons. Don, Dave and Tim worked on the points (turnouts) on St Peters yard with a view to bringing it back into exhibition use. Locos were run through all the points. Chris brought in a transverser unit, which he no longer uses with a view to attaching it to the end of St Peters yard. This will allow trains to be switched between the three existing lines. Members were again running in new locomotives on the test track.
Thanks to Peter for writing the Phonebox Magazine article regarding the exhibition and taking photographs of the event.
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 the 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. Many thanks to Chris for all his efforts.
The annual club dinner was held on Thursday evening 27 April 2017 at Donzella's restaurant in Olney. We all had a very pleasant meal and enjoyed the evening. Alan, the new chairman, gave a short address before the start of the meal thanking Ken for guiding the club successfully during his time as chairman and 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.
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 have put a diversion link on them in case any have been bookmarked.
Best wishes. John.
P.S. I have included, because of popular demand, a table of the site statistics for the year to date (30 April 2018).
This page was last updated on 18 May 2018.
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