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 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.
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 £2.50 per visit and the annual fee would be £30.00.
The last meeting on Thursday night for some time, was well attended, with the usual tea/coffee and biscuits.
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, possibly on 21 June.
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 is being constructed. Push button switches and LED's were installed in to the mimic panel, which have been connected to the Model Electronic Railway Group (MERG) mimic panel drive unit (CANPAN). 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 circular test tracks were again in use with members running new and second hand locomotives and trains. 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 is being 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 is in the process of redecoration 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 are being repainted, by a small working party on Tuesday mornings. Some old, but serviceable carpet has been donated and is in the process of being laid. The stair carpet has been removed and scrapped and one of the wooden treads has been replaced.
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 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.
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.
This page was last updated on 30 May 2021.
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