Olney Model Railway Club - News and Events

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.

News and Local Events.

The photo shows the range of types and scales of the models running on the club test track at the last club meeting. These varied from utility locos from the second world war era in O gauge through historic steam locos in OO and modern diesel passenger trains in OO and N gauge.

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Olney Model Railway club will be holding its Annual Exhibition at the Carlton Club on Saturday 7th September. For the latest information and details of the layouts appearing visit the Exhibition page.

The emphasis this year is on smaller layouts that could be built at home, so the clubs Olney Station layout will not be shown. The photo shows detail of one of the layouts to be exhibited.

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Typical Layout

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On the club front there have been changes to the club room. The Olney Station layout will be permanently housed with the test track in the larger room. This will once again allow members to run their own locos and rolling stock. This has always been a substantial part of the activities on club nights. The test track allows running of O gauge, OO gauge and N gauge trains of authentic length and makeup.

Space has also been made to run and refurbish two existing layouts whilst a new N gauge layout is in the late stages of planning.

St Peters Yard has been refurbished and extended and has been renamed St Peter's Creamery. The original layout was built to gain experience of digital control systems, which is now being used on our major layout project "Olney Station". The old layout was shown at several exhibitions and always excited interest in the fact that several locomotives could be controlled at the same time, on even a small layout. The use of authentic sound in the locos has also been a very interesting development.

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Showing the earlier developments to the layout. The operations board was moved to the rear and a new sector plate and fiddle yard was fitted.

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Showing a general view of the layout during setup.

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Showing a close up of the scenery during the Blue Diesel era.

The last outing of the layout to Kempston MRS in its St Peter's Creamery version .

Kempston 2018

The traverser extension is shown in the background. Note the new building to the left in the foreground.

The layout has now been retired, with the base board reused to construct Brockleberry Lane, a new layout using servo point (turnout) motors and relay frog switching.

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The club membership is still increasing, but we would welcome 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. A new club member brought an interesting live steam model to a recent club meeting for advice on maintaining it in working order. We have a number of steam modellers and so were able to give an opinion.

The club meets every Thursday from 7:30 in the permanent club room behind the Carlton House Club. Members have a wide range of interests from live steam models to N gauge. Just come along and join in, see Club Night or phone 01234 241686 for more details.

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Most of the news items have been composed from extracts of articles written by a club member for the local area magazine "Phonebox", published and distributed by Orchard Press. See their web site, click here for a look.

The Club has been notified of the following forthcoming events in the area.

27 - 28 November 2021 - Warley Model Railway Club
The National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham B40 1NT.
For full details, visit their web site, click here

A full diary of events can be seen at The Chiltern Model Railway Association
web site, click here for details.
The club is affiliated to the CMRA - the Chiltern Model Railway Association. For their Home Page, click here.

Further exhibition and event information can be found at the UK Model Shops site click here.

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This page was last updated on 2 June 2021.

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