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Hello - Welcome to the fascinating and surprisingly widespread world of Narrow Gauge Railways.


Our members’ interests cover a broad spectrum, in the UK and throughout the world, including industrial narrow gauge systems, the extensive world of preservation, and the growing area of miniature railways.  


Our membership page expands on what we offer members. The regular publications provide extensive news coverage of every type of narrow gauge and miniature line at home and overseas, whether operated by steam, diesel or electric power..   Our magazine provides in-depth articles of historical interest as well as coverage of modern developments   . We also maintain an extremely extensive reference library from which members may borrow.


If you are fortunate enough to live near one of our active area groups you will be able to attend regular meetings, and all members are invited to join us on organised visits to places of interest, and our AGM.


Since the formation of our Society in 1951, interest in narrow gauge railways has grown in leaps and bounds, and this has been reflected in the expansion of our membership. What was envisaged as being a small correspondence group of specialist enthusiasts has grown to a large international society with a truly global outlook.


Alan Burgess




Headline News :


The Society has a need to fill certain vacancies and so a new Society Vacancies page has been set up. See the link and have a chat, perhaps you can give it a go.  


Click for Draft Minutes of the 63nd AGM held on 10th May 2014 at the National Stone Centre, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, or go to the Downloads page.


64th AGM May 2015 - A debut in Scotland!

The 2015 AGM will probably be held at Penicuik on May 9th.



The Membership page has been updated with the latest prices for this year for all applicants at home or abroad.



NARROW GAUGE NORTH 2014:  Sat 8th March, 10-5pm

Benton Park School, Harrogate Road, Rawdon, Leeds LS19 6LX Adult 6 - accompanied child (6-16) 1 20 layouts in all the popular narrow gauge modelling scales.

A full range of trade and society stands (including the NGRS/Moseley Railway Trust stand). Refreshments. All proceeds to Sue Ryder Care - Wheatfields.   Full details from the website above.















Torry Hill & Boatyard visits in September - Booking forms

Please note that Mike Jackson's phone number was given incorrectly in NGN 323 - the correct number is : - 

 01304 - 208239 

 On the days of the two visits Mike may be contacted on: -




Trade Orders Welcome: 

We offer 40% discount, settlement within 30 days. On orders for six or more (can be mixed) we despatch post and packing free, less than six, postage at cost. Contact NGRS, I Archers Drive, Bilsthorpe, Newark, NG22 8SD or



Miniature Railways listing:

Click NG and Miniature Lines 2013 (435Kb Word) updated 17/1/13) or from our Downloads page.  



News from Amberley - After close of service 4/6/14, we took the Protected Simplex on a gauging run on the main line because since we last ran it, we have rebuilt all the platforms! Suffice to say that it will go everywhere except Amberley platform and Cragside. No we aren't going to rebuild everything - we just won't take it on those two sections.

This is a video of it running a couple of weeks ago and it is planned to run it during Railway Gala Weekend 12/13 July.




AREA GROUPS - Event News :

(See Area Groups page for fullest details).


Yorkshire - 2014:

Future dates are 9 October, 6 November, 4 December 2014, 8 January 2015. More details to follow in the September NGN.

East Anglia - 2014 :

NGRS members are welcome to attend the Welsh Highland Railway Society meetings (East Anglia Group) held at: The Six Bells Pub, 9 High Street, Fulbourn, Cambridge CB21 5DH. We will meet from 6-6.30 for a meal and a pint, and the meeting itself starts at 8.00 p.m.


Hereford & Worcester (Malvern Link) - Program 2014-2015:

 8 Aug - Members Evening

10 Oct - Andrew Charman - Welshpool & Llanfair Light  Railway

12 Dec - Ralph Ward - Christmas Treats

13 Feb - Mike Squire - South America

10 Apr - David Smith - Crich Mineral Tramway  


Lincolnshire Area (Lincoln) - Program 2014

As meetings are held in a cellar - anyone with access problems should contact Tim Hudson on 01522 524672 beforehand.

13th August: ‘Slates from Blaenau’ - Andrew Neale

8th October: ‘Narrow Gauge Miscellany’ - John Scholes

10th December: AGM & Members slideshow - A retrospective of the

      year 2014.


London & SE Area (London N1) - 2014:

Monday 13 OctoberJ B Snell: Photographer . Slides by the late John Snell including the Talyllyn (1950s), Rimutaka incline (New Zealand), Cavan & Leitrim (1959), Tramways de la Correze (France), Lautoka CSR (Fiji), the RHDR and much, much more.

Monday 10 November  –  Nick Britton. The Frankfurter Feldbahnmuseum (Germany), Valkenburg narrow gauge museum (Netherlands), Blonay-Chamby (Switzerland) and more: another of Nick’s excellent digital presentations.


North Staffs & South Cheshire Area (Newcastle U Lyme) - 2014:

Meetings are held at the Friends Meeting House, 2 Miller Street, Newcastle u Lyme, Staffs,ST5 1QJ on Mondays. See Groups page for directions.

July 14th - The Moseley Railway Trust at Apedale – Phil Robinson, the chairman of Moseley Railway Trust, discusses the development of the site and history of the Trust, including restoration of Kerr Stuart Joffre 3014 and Hudswell Clarke 1238

September 8th – Famous for Fifteen Minutes! Members bring their own favourite slides, cinefilm, DVD or videotape to share with us. We have a slide projector, a digital projector, an 8mm film projector, a CD/DVD player and a videotape player.

November 10th - The Leek and Manifold Railway – a presentation by Paul Blurton and Roland Machin followed by Jim Hawksworth's images of the 50s and 60s.

We welcome offers of talks from on subjects of interest to our members.

For more information please contact Peter Moore on 07824-340777 or email peter.loxx(at)


Yahoo Group: 

   For the exchange of news and views, the NGRS recommends you join internet "Yahoo Groups" and in

   particular the NG Railway Society Group.

Click here to join Yahoo Groups

For those who are not aware, members of these Groups are encouraged to submit observations and information - you can search for any information you want and ask other members for information and help. This method of communicating railway sightings, for instance, reaches a wide like-minded audience and even if you have a difficult question, there is almost always someone out there who has the answer.



Membership Offer 2014:

It has been decided that all those joining the Society in 2014 will receive a copy of one of the Society’s substantial ‘special’ issues of The Narrow Gauge magazine free of charge.


This 'special' will be "The Miniature Locomotives of David Curwen", pictured below, a 120 page full colour publication covering the miniature locomotives built by David Curwen over a period of more than half a century.



 An overview of his work includes every one of his larger locomotives together  with over 146 photographs. There is a full history of each locomotive and it includes locomotives built by both himself and others. The normal retail price for this is 9.95



 Associate and e-Membership :

  See our  Membership Page.






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