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Hello and 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






Statfold Barn Railway - Membership Offer

As you may know, Statfold Barn has become a Railway Trust and has had to change it's emphasis and broaden it's appeal. You are encouraged to visit it's website and appreciate by just how much. There are now 2-day events and include family days and special events for Halloween and Christmas, for instance.   The website includes an NGRS membership offer for those not already a member, which is also available just below and saves 6 on full UK membership.

The Society invites anyone who has bought a ticket for the Statfold Barn Railway’s Enthusiast Day or Family Enthusiast Day in June), and who is not already a member, to join the NGRS at a special first-year UK subscription of 18 – that’s a 25% saving on the normal rate.

If you’re not currently a member and you live outside the UK, you can join the Society for 34, which is also a substantial saving on the normal first-year subscription.

The offer is available until 2020.  Your membership will run to 31 March 2020.  During the period, you will receive at least 6 issues of our magazine The Narrow Gauge and up to 7 issues of our newsletter Narrow Gauge News, together with the opportunity to join a number of private visits and photo-charters to narrow gauge and miniature railways.


This offer is not available to anyone who is already a member of the Society.

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Annual General Meeting of the Narrow Gauge Railway Society 2019

 Issue 1.0 of the Minutes of the 2019 AGM  is now available.


Library Scanned Back Issues of TNG & NGN (edited)

 Over the past few years the Narrow Gauge Railway Society has scanned its entire catalogue of "The Narrow Gauge" and "Narrow Gauge News".  The files are in a searchable pdf format so as to obviate the need for paper indexes and the NGRS committee has decided that the earlier issues could be made available on-line. We also have a duty to the wider railway fraternity to share information of a historic nature.

 As a first step in making issues 1-100 of both "The Narrow Gauge" and "Narrow Gauge News" available for download (excluding 'special issues'), an initial roll out of the first ten issues of each publication has been made to check that all works well.
These are the links :  TNG  and  NGN  

Please give any feedback in this respect to either Mick Morgan (webmaster) or Jim Hay (librarian).


 The pdf files have been collected together as zip files, so individuals will need to know how best to globally search within the

multiple files as the online collection grows. Some software will search multiple files within folders, others require issues to be 'spliced' together into a single file.  Basic advice on one possible route is available here :

 I should conclude with two HUGE votes of thanks :

to all the NGRS. members past and current who have submitted such a huge wealth of information to our publications for

   future researchers to access,

to member Kim Ward-Bailey who laboriously undertook so much scanning work on behalf of our Society Library.

Jim Hay, N.G.R.S. Librarian       

19th October 2018   

Narrow Gauge at War 2:

The Society has been informed by Andrew Neale of Plateway Press that electronic copies of "Narrow Gauge at War 2" are being offered for sale on a Website. It is understood that this appears without the permission of the book's authors or publisher and electronic copies of this title have not been authorised by the copyright  holders.  Copyrights protect authors and publishers from the unauthorised taking of their intellectual property.

Members are advised to use their discretion when considering purchasing electronic publications where they are not advertised by well-known and recognised eBook publishers or sellers.


Members should see the Member News page for more information, more news and things of interest. Headlines and links to the more important information will be always placed here as a prompt.


An Index to NGRS Publications 2018  (Word) has just been issued and is available via the link. This and previous Indexes are available from our Downloads page.

The Downloads page also includes a link to the latest index to articles of The Narrow Gauge, amongst other magazines, kindly made available by Ken Scanes.

Narrow Gauge and Miniature Railways Guide - PUBLIC Edition 2019

The latest guide as at Nov 2018 is now available as a PDF File


Trade Orders for our magazines

Orders are welcome and we offer 40% discount, settlement within 30 days. On orders for six or more (can be mixed) post and packing is free; for fewer than six, postage will be charged at cost. Contact Narrow Gauge Railway Society, 115a Church Street, Ecclesfield, Sheffield S35 9WF or email Phil Thompson.

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Exchange Narrow Gauge news and  views - join 'Yahoo Groups' and look up NGRailwaySociety

 If you are already a Yahoo Groups member, just click the NGRailwaySociety link. If not, click NGRS Group Messages then on 'Conversations' to view the correspondence.

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 reaches a wide like-minded audience and even if you have a difficult question, there's always someone out there who has the answer. 


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