January 28, 2017
by Gavin Hince
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Holiday projects

I hope that most NGDU readers have the chance to tackle some refreshing projects over the holidays. My own project has been another foray into live steam – a 7/8″ Hunslet called “Jack”. This combines parts from Roundhouse engineering and several hobby-based manufacturers, with plenty of brass soldering, tinkering and occasional bad language. I’m delighted that Jack is already steaming, although the cab and detailing is yet to be added. Check out our Facebook page to see some snippets of Jack’s steam tests on my garden railway…


November 30, 2016
by Gavin Hince
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January edition preview

We’re just waiting on supplies for the January edition, which will be out prior to the Xmas break.

What’s in store for your holiday reading? January’s issue features “Tracks to the Trenches” – Ian Shiels’ atmospheric WW1 layout. We also build a dilapidated D&RGW stock car with Hans Hirblinger; make some forest trees using simple methods; adapt factory kits in O and N scales; and cover the history of the iconic Canungra Tramway. And more!

Work is also well advanced for our 2017 editions, with some great features lined up: a scenic VR narrow gauge layout; a massive operation-focussed garden railway; and a visit to famed Alpine Tunnel in On3.

Here on the website, we’ve updated the ‘all articles index’ again – it has a nifty “search” feature, so key in a few words to list all the back-reading you might have missed.

Watch out for the January edition, out soon.


October 25, 2016
by Gavin Hince
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Haskell NQRs now available

A quick cross-post here, and a plug for the newly-arrived “NQR” Victorian Railways open wagon from Haskell Co in On30. Initial impressions are very positive – these injected-styrene RTR wagons have excellent and crisp detailing. We’ll be sure to do an in-depth review for the January edition of NGDU!

See NGDU’s Facebook page for more info, and for sneak-peek photographs.

October 3, 2016
by Gavin Hince
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October edition out now

Issue 63 – October 2016 – is now available; copies will be mailed to subscribers this week.

This edition includes a semi-portable On30 layout by Laurie Green and John Hunter – see how their desire for easy transport influenced the design and construction of this exhibition display. There’s also a step-by-step project to model a VR narrow gauge wagon; a neat kit bash for a UK-outine OO9 engine; an N scale scratch build project and plenty more.

What caught our eye: It’s hard to think of a more interesting prototype for a micro shunting layout than the “Gasworks”, covered in detail by John Dennis in this issue’s “Off the Beaten Track”. We’ve included period photos and a track plan, together with a description of the line’s unusual point operations.

Get your copy of the October edition for some practical projects, great layouts and prototype inspiration…issue-63-cover

September 13, 2016
by Gavin Hince
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Augusta 2016 – US Narrow Gauge Convention

Great to see many of NGDU’s US-based subscribers and authors at the Augusta National Narrow Gauge convention this week. The convention went really smoothly, with some great visits to Maine narrow gauge museums and sites.

We enjoyed catching up with NGDU’s US-based network, and to see some brilliant home layouts. While George Sellios’ F&SM rightfully generates headlines, Stan & Deb Ames’ outdoor railroad was a fantastic visit; and George Sebastian-Coleman’s DSP&P Alpine Tunnel layout captures the stark loneliness of the high country.

There were also some exciting new products – from Bachmann’s latest G scale 2-6-0 engines to diminutive Model-T railcars in HOn30. We’ll feature more of these items in coming editions

Thanks to everyone who hosted and chatted with us during the convention.

August 31, 2016
by Gavin Hince
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US National Narrow Gauge Convention

The US narrow gauge conventions are always a great chance to catch up with the latest techniques, products and to meet our US-based readers and authors.

NGDU will have a stand at next week’s convention, in Augusta Maine. If you’re attending, we do hope that you’ll stop by to say G’Day. As well as looking out for new article ideas, we’ll share a summary of the convention in the January edition.

In the meantime… The October edition of NGDU has gone to the printers. This edition features “Jacksons Creek”, an atmospheric VR-themed exhibition layout. Plus there’s a simple false-front structure; a ‘how to’ installing battery R/C in On30 locomotives; two kit bash projects and a styrene scratch build. And – two fascinating prototype articles: on Tasmanian logging winches; and covering Melbourne’s “gasworks” narrow gauge operation. Issue 63 will be out at the end of September, once we’re back from the US.NNGC

March 23, 2016
by Gavin Hince
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Dieter Chidel’s “Chili Line” features in April NGDU…

The April 2016 edition will arrive within the week. This issue features one of our favourite layouts – the brilliant HOn3 “Chili Line” by Dieter Chidel. Check out these teaser photos to view Dieter’s amazing scenery; and be sure to catch the April edition to share the intricate mini-scenes sprinkled throughout the layout. Plus, we’ll build multi-scale diesel critters; model an abandoned barn; weather some boxcars and much more….

Issue 61 cover Scene on Chili Line layout

December 21, 2015
by Gavin Hince
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January 2016 edition now released

The holiday season arrives soon, and we’ve got a great supply of reading to keep you inspired. The January 2016 edition of NGDU feature’s Michael Flack’s fantastic “Ghost Town” layout; more scratch building than your holiday time-off could tackle; a great On30 logging layout and much more!

Issues were posted to subscribers on Friday, so should be delivered for most readers before the break. Have a safe and happy Xmas, all!Issue 60 cover

November 11, 2015
by Gavin Hince
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Xmas Gifts? Sorted!

Are your loved ones never certain what to get you for Xmas?

NGDU now offers Gift Voucher subscriptions, just in time for Xmas.

Just send this link to your family, and they can surprise you on Xmas morning with a voucher for another year of narrow gauge inspiration from NGDU magazine.

Gifts can be ‘matched’ with any current subscription – so even if your renewal isn’t quite due, we’ll simply extend it for another four great issues. Easy, simple and much more interesting than more socks and underwear…


September 7, 2015
by Gavin Hince
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It’s here! NGDU October 2015

The October edition (Issue 59) is now out. This issue features MMR Ken Scales’ On30 layout, which proves you can establish a convincing freelanced line without a massive layout. We’ll follow more of Ken’s projects in coming issues too…

Back to October’s edition, whether you’re just getting started in narrow gauge or are an experienced modeller, there are interesting projects – from one-evening conversions… to a week’s worth of kit bashing… to master builders Paul Berntsen and Frank Kelly, who share their techniques for building bush lokies and scratchbuilding in brass, respectively. Plus, great prototype information on Tasmanian sawmilling and Queensland shire railways, and plenty more.

If you haven’t yet renewed, get in quickly to receive the October edition on-time. Or if you purchase NGDU occasionally, why not subscribe now, to ensure a quarterly instalment of narrow gauge interest?

Narrow Gauge Downunder magazine Issue 59