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.

April 16, 2015
by Gavin Hince
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April Narrow Gauge happenings…

The 12th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention was held in Bowral over Easter 2015. A great job by the organising committee, volunteers and presenters made for a wonderful weekend. Attendees got to see NGDU’s current feature layout, Geoff Potter’s “Hoyt Clagwell Tractor Co” in person – and comments confirm what a great layout it is. Grab a copy of the April edition to see for yourself…

Hoyt Clagwell

March 8, 2015
by Gavin Hince
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April edition and Narrow Gauge Convention

April’s edition of Narrow Gauge Downunder will be released shortly. This edition includes a nostalgic South African steam trip; large-scale scratch building; a neat On30 articulated engine; and an abandoned sawmill.

Our feature layout this issue is Geoff Potter’s “Hoyt Clagwell Tractor Company”, which can be seen at the Australian Narrow Gauge Convention, in Bowral, NSW, over Easter. NGDU will be attending, so make sure to drop by our stand and have a natter!

Afternoon action on Geoff Potter's "Hoyt Clagwell Tractor Co" in On30

Afternoon action on Geoff Potter’s “Hoyt Clagwell Tractor Co” in On30

December 5, 2014
by Gavin Hince
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January 2015 edition out now

The January edition of NGDU is now available. Regular subscribers will have received copies by mail for some holiday reading. Copies are also available through stockists and hobby stores, and through selected newsagents.

January’s issue features some neat layouts and excellent scratch build articles. There are plenty of holiday project ideas – building an old-time bridge; techniques for brass diesel locos; a neat OO9 kit bash; and two lovely small layouts.

The October 2014 edition is also still available, via our online store.

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November 11, 2014
by Gavin Hince
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Going Minimum Gauge – new book

The 7mm Scale Association (UK) have a new book focussed on modelling railways with minimum gauge. There are numerous examples, both for low cost ‘industrial’ purposes, and even tourist lines simulating full-sized trains. The book includes lots of examples and information, and we’ll run a full review in the January edition.

Going Minimum Gauge

September 19, 2014
by Gavin Hince
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October edition now out

We lodged the October edition for delivery to subscribers this week. There are some great stories – Dan Pickard’s compact “Diggers Bend” shows that great modelling doesn’t require big spaces. David Dunn is at it again, with some neat conversions and the start of a new series featuring projects you can tackle in a week of evenings – perfect for time-poor or motivation-starved modellers.

History buffs will enjoy the continuation of Mark Fry’s series on Australian sawmills – many of the images have never been published and offer a vibrant glimpse of times gone by. And there’s more – you’ll have to grab a copy to see it all…

Issue 55 cover

September 10, 2014
by Gavin Hince
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Articles Index now available…

Save hours of searching through your magazine collection…

Thanks to Louise (our budding webmaster), a database of every in-print article for Narrow Gauge Downunder is now available. On the “Articles Index” page you can search easily for plans and articles.

So if you remember that – sometime before social media was invented – your favourite prototype, subject or author got a mention, use our article index to find which issue it’s in. You can even order on-the-spot using the “Buy Now” button in our “Store“, and we’ll rush a copy your way.

Now get on with some modelling…