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 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.

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,
A good turnout last night (Thursday).

This week Andy brought in and installed the bridge he has built, we also worked on the fiddle yard, the general scenery, track ballast and the station platform on boards four and five. The problem with the double slips has been identified as half the blade travel of a standard point (switch) and it was decided that the solenoid point motors driving them should be replaced by servo motors. Similarly with the three way points, the travel is less than the standard point. Work started this week on the second double slip and the 3-way point on board three. Servos are able to cope with the smaller travel of the double slips and three way points. Position indicators for Frog switching and mimic panel lamps can be handled electronically by the servo control board. This gets over the need for micro-switches. Six servo control boards have been purchased from the Model Electronic Railway Group (MERG) and assembled. Don has designed a method of mounting the servo motors to the Peco points, using Aluminium channel and has also constructed an eight way, four way and two way 12volt relay printed circuit board. The relays will be controlled by the servo position indicated by the servo control board and using a further MERG board to operate the relays, which will switch the frog polarity.

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 2016, 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 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 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 (31 March 2017).


The next Club meeting will be held on Thursday 4 May, starting at 7.30pm.

Full details can be found by clicking Club Night.

This page was last updated on 22 April 2017.

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