Olney Model Railway Club - Exhibition 2018

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.

Saturday 1 September 2018.

The exhibition was held in the Carlton House Club
(formally The Working Men's Club),

38 High Street, Olney. MK46 4BB.

There was an entrance charge of:


Refreshments were available at a very reasonable cost, as was the full Bar Menu.

Doors opened at 10.30am until 4.30pm.

There was free parking in the Town, within easy walking distance.

Layouts Confirmed

Olney Midland - OO gauge - OMRC

This extensive DCC layout is currently under construction and will be exhibited to illustrate the considerable progress that has been made since last year. This is a long term project and with the Club meeting on a one evening a week basis, it is recognised that the project will take a number of years to complete.

The main scenic boards are nearing completion and work on the fiddle yard boards is well advanced. It is anticipated that construction works will be completed by the end of 2018.

The layout features the Model Electronic Railway Group (MERG) CBUS system to achieve point and signal control. This reduces greatly the number of wires going across table joins.

Welham Yard - OO - Shaun Greet

Set in the Southern Region in 1970's London, Welham Yard serves a small goods yard and warehouse.

Elmwood Yard - HO - David Dallman

Elmwood Yard depicts a small and rather run-down corner of a larger and busier yard somewhere to the west of Chicago, Illinois. The yard was established to serve local industries and connects to the main railroad systems around the area of West Chicago. The main companies using this facility are Milwaukee Road (MLW), Chicago & North Western (CNW), and the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q).

Timber Valley - OO9 - Dale Gillard

Timber Valley is a totally fictitious layout set somewhere in the valleys of Yorkshire. The local community work at the sawmill, from where the line, which also has a station, heads off into the hills taking both passengers and timber products to meet the main line.

Dale was unable to attend this year due to illness in the family

Re-United Biscuits - OO - Mike Baish

The layout depicts a shabby northern English town where broken biscuits are repaired at the factory before being sent back to the shops for sale to the general public

Friday Bridge - EM - Dave Tailby

Everybody knows about the Wisbech and Upwell Tramway, which closed in 1966. A line off to Elm and Friday Bridge was mooted but never built. This layout assumes that the line was in fact built, handling similar traffic to the main line, but also serving a grain store and drier. The year is 1963.

Cripple Sidings - OO - Richard Coleman

Cripple Sidings is a small wagon repair depot based very loosely on the repair sidings behind Northampton station, circa 1990. The depot repaired and carried out maintenance on a large fleet of ballast and general engineers wagons, used by the Permanent Way Department.

St Peters Creamery - OO - OMRC

This layout, originally named St Peter's Yard, is being extended and converted to represent a dairy/creamery facility in the late 1950's/early 1960's period. The main lines into the creamery have been extended and a traverser added to provide additional operating scope.

Traders Confirmed

Keith's Model Railways

Mick French Books

Wellingborough Trains and Models - Julian Franks

Societies Confirmed

LCGB (Locomotive Club of Great Britain) - Peter Crossman Bedford Branch.

RCTS (Rail and Correspondence Travel Society) - Bob Ballard, Milton Keynes Branch.

Some Photographs of the Exhibition

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Olney station with the yards in the background.

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Saint Peters Creamery.

The map below gives an indication of the location of the Carlton House Club within the postcode spread. It is on the East side of the road, next to the United Reform Church.

Please note the Terms of use of this map, as laid down by Google.

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The 2019 Exhibition will be held on 7 September, again at the Carlton House Club

This page was last updated on 10 March 2019.

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