Olney Model Railway Club - News and Events

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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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The annual Olney Model Railway Club exhibition was held on Saturday 2nd September 2017 at the Carlton House Club. We had a very successful exhibition. The Club exhibited the Olney station and yards, which although still a work in progress consisted of the full oval layout, measuring 20 feet by 12 feet. The scenic area is well on the way to completion, with all the buildings and river bridge in place. They have been built from information on photographs and we would like to hear any comments from people who can remember the original Midland station and yards, or anything which might be changed or added. For the first time trains could run round the whole layout.

The photographs show some views of the exhibition. In addition several traders attended, offering new and second hand rolling stock, kits, accessories and books. Tea, coffee and cakes were available from the refreshment stand.

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Austrian Narrow gauge

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Farm Narrow Gauge

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N gauge Great Western



Six layouts were on display, exhibiting 0 gauge to N gauge layouts. We have started planning for next years show and have already booked layouts and traders.

It has been a little while since the last report, so a review of this years activities so far is needed. The period immediately after Christmas saw the expected increase in new models being brought to the club evenings for inspection and to get an extended run on the test tracks.

Don brought in his demonstration layout to show the club members the MERG CBUS control system. He demonstrated the switch input (producer) board and the point control output (consumer) board. He showed how four points could be programmed to operate with five switches in various configurations, using a laptop computer and a simple program available from MERG.

The CBUS system allows multiple operations to be carried out using one switch, reduces the number of wires in the long wiring runs associated with large layouts and is easily extended and changed, which allows strait forward layout development and is being used on the Olney Station Project. I think everyone was very impressed. Many thanks to Don.

The Model Electronic Railway Group is a not for profit organisation, which develops electronic systems and projects for model railways.
Click here for the MERG website.

St Peters Yard has been retired from the exhibition circuit, as it has fulfilled its purpose. The layout was built to gain experience of digital control systems, which is now being used on our major layout project "Olney Station". The layout has been shown at several exhibitions now and has always excited interest in the fact that several locomotives can 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. Below are some photographs of the layout at Northampton Model Railway Exhibition.

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Showing the latest developments to the layout. The operations board has been moved to the rear and a new sector plate and fiddle yard has been 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 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 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.

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.

25 - 26 November 2017 - Warley Model Railway Club
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.

This page was last updated on 14 October 2017.


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