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.
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
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
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.
Headline News December 2013:
1} Ron Redman
We are sorry to report that Ron
Redman passed away on Monday, 30th December 2013 following a fall at
home and admission to St James Hospital in Leeds. Ron was the leading expert on
Hudswell Clarke & Co. Ltd, having worked for the company for many years. A
stalwart of the Narrow Gauge Railway Society and its chairman for 50 years
of his life, he was a willing collaborator with many railway historians in
Britain and overseas and was a keen supporter of the Ghana Hudswell project.
He was a
real gentleman, and a keen
supporter of his local hospice, via his role as one of the organisers of the
Narrow Gauge North exhibition each Spring.
members will mourn his passing.
funeral was held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, 16th January
2014 at Rawdon Crematorium, Leeds Road, RAWDON, LS19 6JP.
2) John Snell
The following has just been posted on Talyllyn Announce:
It is with great regret that I pass on the information that John
Snell was found dead at his home in Dymchurch on 3rd. January by friends
who had begun to be concerned about him. I understand that he had
spent Christmas with friends in Chichester and was then in very good
John Bernard Snell was born in Fiji in 1932 and famously became the
first volunteer fireman on the Talyllyn Railway, much praised by Tom
Rolt in Railway Adventure. After Oxford, he worked for London Transport
(Central Road Services) and British Railways (Eastern Region
Headquarters). He was called to the bar but never practised.
He was Chairman of the North Norfolk Railway from 1969 until taking up
the post of Managing Director of the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch
Railway in 1972. He served in that post to 1999 and is credited for
turning the Railway's fortunes around. For a time he was also
Vice-Chairman of the Heritage Railway Association, resigning from that
position in 2002. He had been a member of the advisory panel of the
Railway Heritage Trust since 1985 and wrote several books on railway
More Headline News :
63rd AGM, May 2014 -
This will be held at the
Steeple Grange Light Railway near Matlock on 10th May 2014. Lunch
and AGM will be at the National Stone Centre, which is 400 yards from the
The notice of the event, and a Registration Form can be found at the top of
the Downloads page in PDF format.
The Minutes of last year's 62nd AGM(V2) are also there for information.
AGM May 2015 -
Consideration is being given to this being held in Southern Scotland.
The Membership page has
been updated with the latest prices for 2013 - 2014 for all
applicants at home or abroad.
GAUGE NORTH 2014: Sat 8th March - 10am to 5pm
Park School, Harrogate Road, Rawdon, Leeds LS19 6LX Adult £6 -
accompanied child (6-16) £1 20 layouts in all the popular narrow gauge
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.
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
NG and Miniature Lines 2013
(435Kb Word) for
our Miniature Railways listing (updated 17/1/13), or go to our Downloads
Groups - Event News :
Groups for full details of Meetings and location)
Lincolnshire Area – Programme 2014
12th February: The Narrow Gauge
Railway Museum Trust at North
Ings Farm: the story so far: Chris White
9th April: ‘Hands, hooves & cable - a journey in monochrome’
4th June: ‘Ed Lund Memorial Evening’ - John Smallwood with
cine from the collection
of the late Ed Lund. (Note change of date)
13th August: ‘Slates from Blaenau’ - Andrew Neale
8th October: ‘Narrow Gauge Miscellany’ - John Scholes
10th December: AGM & Members slideshow - A retrospective of
Meetings are held in the Cellar Bar at the Unison Club, Beaumont
Fee, Lincoln, LM1 1UL at 7.30pm on (generally) the 2nd Wednesday of
alternate months. All are welcome. Further details from Tim Hudson –
firstname.lastname@example.org – 01522 524672
Worcester Events 2014:
14 Feb - Michael Whitehouse - 16mm Cine - British Isles
11 Apr - Bob Gratton - Narrow
Gauge in the Ukraine
13 Jun - Bill Sumner - Railways of
8 Aug - Members Evening
10 Oct - Andrew Charman - Welshpool
& Llanfair Light Railway
12 Dec - Ralph Ward - Christmas
From Bill Burton
London & SE
– Narrow Gauge ABC: a slide presentation by Iain McCall
– More Steam in the Tropics. A video show by Mike Herniman.
The London meetings programme
will start again in October. More information in NGN in due course.
North Staffs & South Cheshire Area 2013-14 :
Meetings and a meeting place for this group are being planned.
Once finalised, full details will be published in The Narrow Gauge
News and on this website. If you would like to receive information by email,
please send your address to Peter Moore below.
For more information please contact Peter Moore on
07824-340777 or email; peter.loxx(at)gmail.com
From Peter Moore and Peter Sladen
Meetings are held jointly with the North Staffs Area Group of
the Ffestiniog Railway Society.