April 1, 2020
by Gavin Hince

Some fun reading, when you really need it…

The April issue of Narrow Gauge Downunder is available! We’ve dispatched copies to subscribers, newsagents and (if they’re open) to regular stockists. To ensure availability for those in ‘iso’ we’re also making the April issue available for purchase online (usually this would wait until July). Just visit our online store to order a copy delivered to your door!

This issue has some great articles, beginning with Rod Hutchinson’s iconic tramway vision, “The Points”. We also cover the real location in “Off the Beaten Track” – plus all the great projects, techniques and information you expect in every issue.

December 17, 2019
by Gavin Hince
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Stuck for Xmas gift ideas? Let us help…

A gift subscription to Narrow Gauge Downunder is the perfect Xmas stocking filler… Order now, and we can send a complimentary gift certificate, together with the just-released January 2020 issue.

The January issue features three great layouts – from Garry Walden’s scenic HOn3 exhibition scene; re-kindling the “Nighthawk Branch” in Sn3; and Ken Tate’s wonderful 12″ gauge line. Plus, plenty of how-to’s, tips and latest products reviewed.

Get on board, in time for Xmas.

June 19, 2019
by Gavin Hince
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Best layout pics ever? Get the July issue and decide

Keith McCarron’s photos of Paul Ferguson’s “Silverton Northern” railroad in HOn3, simply demanded that we print them nice and large for readers to enjoy. You’ll experience all this in the July issue of NGDU – along with hints for laser-cut kits; modelling from historic images; trying a fresh scale and much more. Plus, all the news and highlights from the 2019 Australian Narrow Gauge Convention – out by 1 July for readers and stockists.

March 28, 2019
by Gavin Hince
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No fooling! April NGDU is out now…

Want your models to “tell a story”? John Hunter’s evocative dioramas certainly do, and John shares his thoughts on design in the April issue. We also visit a ‘reborn’ WW1-themed layout; build a ‘family’ of simple way cars, and visit Tasmania’s amazing North East Dundas Tramway. Subscriber copies are ‘in the mail’ already, and the April issue will be in hobby shops and newsagents soon.

December 23, 2018
by Gavin Hince
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January 2019 issue out now…

We’ve just released the January 2019 issue of Narrow Gauge Downunder. If you enjoy new ideas, interesting projects and neat layouts – this issue is a holiday reading treat!

John Curry’s “Richmond Bridge” On16.5 layout evolved from a simple display into a complex layout – read how John re-invented his layout in our feature article. Then, follow along with the experts, to build a passenger coach; card goods shed; or a freelanced UK-style shunting locomotive.

Are tramways more your ‘thing’? Then enjoy our plans and step-by-step photos for scratch building the “Swanee Creek” trestle. Or enjoy Dieter Jaeger’s innovative approach to ‘free and simple’ stone walls. There’s plenty for everyone over the holiday break – get your copy soon…

A merry Xmas and best wishes for 2019, from all at NGDU.

October 1, 2018
by Gavin Hince
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No space is no excuse, with October’s issue…

Rising property prices might mean our houses are getting smaller, but there’s still room to build a narrow gauge layout if you’re imaginative!

October’s issue of NGDU features two great compact layouts – David Dunn’s “Taurus Valley Tramway” is set in the Victorian bush and features intricate detail and logging themes. Chris Fraser’s “CheapAsChips Junction” has a different feel in a similar space, with factories, industrial grime and a busy operating scheme. Both layouts show how easily narrow gauge suits for small spaces and “finescale” tastes.

To see what’s possible – and to get other great articles on fine-running mechanisms; a thatched cottage; early logging prototypes and more – see your NGDU stockist or subscribe today!

July 15, 2018
by Gavin Hince
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Great reader feedback on July’s NGDU…

Thanks to the readers who’ve provided some excellent feedback on our July edition, which featured Nicholas Kalis’ Fn3 “Oahu Sugar Company” railroad. Nicholas’ layout showcases a number of scenes in museum-style dioramas, allowing iconic scenes to be captured in the large scale.

Just a few of the comments:

“… has inspired me to move out of the doldrums that I’ve been in for some time”

“An excellent hands-on issue!”

“I enjoyed the sugar cane articles”

The July edition is out now – grab a copy to see for yourself!!


April 7, 2018
by Gavin Hince
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No fooling… April NGDU is out now

The April 2017 edition is now available. This quarter, we aim to inspire with Peter Kendall’s atmospheric HOn30 layout, “Deep Lake”. Coverage continues with Dieter Jaeger’s brilliant 1:48 sawmill; lightweight and flexible scenery with Ken Scales; and an account of a large-scale railway built by Richard Schurmann as a 1950’s schoolboy.

Plus…. a neat structure kit bash by David Dunn; more early logging technology; Qld cane unloaders and two great articles for those starting out with craftsman kits. Grab a copy today…


December 15, 2017
by Gavin Hince
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Holiday reading? We’ve got you covered…

For some great holiday inspiration, the January 2018 edition of NGDU goes into the mail in the next few days.

In this edition we visit an expansive garden-scale layout; take an innovative approach to detailing outdoors; build a useful “utility” wagon; and explore cutting-edge technology for everyday modelling. We also visit the Fyansford 3’6″ cement-hauling operation during its 1960 heyday.

Plus, more inspirational photos from the “90mm challenge”, which features modelling ideas you could achieve in a few sessions over the holidays. And if you need STILL more motivation, there’s a easy-to-build plan by noted designer Phil Shapter.

Copies should be mailed before the holiday break – look out for your copy, arriving soon…


October 2, 2017
by Gavin Hince
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October NGDU out now!

The October edition of Narrow Gauge Downunder hits mailboxes and shelves this week. This edition features “Station Street”, an atmospheric depiction of rural Victorian life on the narrow gauge.

There’s also a wide variety of projects for scratchbuilders: Peter Kendall shows how he ‘cross scaled’ a plastic tugboat into a neat 1:48 scale ferry boat; Dieter Jaeger shows how to build WSLC logging flatcars; and Ken Scales applies power tools to his sawmill project.

We’ll also visit an interesting line “Off the Beaten Track”; cover early US-based logging practices; and even a ‘wrap’ on the Denver narrow gauge convention. Grab your copy for plenty of interest and inspiration…