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 18.
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 eleven sections, with a navigation bar at the top of each page.
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 that page, describing a special passenger train journey along the line in the summer of 1951.
The latest page to be added is the Current Layouts page, describing the three layouts currently being worked on by members of the club.
The latest photographs showing the progress of the Olney Station Project have been added to that page and photographs of the 2019 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.
The last meeting on Thursday night (10 March), was reasonably well attended, with tea or coffee available, also biscuits and muffins on offer brought in by Dennis to celebrate his birthday. The test tracks have been changed so that there is now one OO gauge and one N gauge track wired for DC with the others wired for DCC. The Lenz DCC controller was moved to run the N gauge DCC track. We have also been working on adding to the scenery on the Olney Station layout, with a further photograph of the Olney station added to the Project page. Olney Station Project.
It is with regret that we were unable to stage our usual Model Railway Exhibition, in September 2021, because of the COVID-19 epidemic. The club has booked the concert hall at our usual venue, the Carlton House Club for our 2022 exhibition to be held on 3rd September.
The changes to the test track have been completed. The circular test tracks has been 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 panels for the fiddle yard, relaying some track to prevent a derailment fault and redesigning the lift up section.
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.
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. The 2020 and 2021 exhibitions have been cancelled, because of the Covid19 situation. It is hoped that something can be organised for September 2022.
Best wishes. John.
P.S. I have included, because of popular demand, a table of the site statistics for the year to date (1 February 2022). We are only able to update the statistics without the usual bar graph from now on.
This page was last updated on 11 March 2022.
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