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Our Library

Due to the Library Collection located at Apedale being rendered difficult of access during current pandemic Library Services are suspended and Library open days cancelled.  However our team of Librarians, helpers

and others will maintain the query service through their own knowledge and private collections.  Please contact Assistant Librarian,  Martin O’Keeffe for further information

The N.G.R.S Library system is currently broken into 3 main areas, each serviced by different people :

    MATTERS)  - Peter Wilson   email:
  • Martin O'Keefe, assistant Librarian (Assistant Librarian) and Iain Logie
  • PHOTO ARCHIVIST  -  Martin O'Keefe, assistant Librarian (Assistant Librarian) and Iain Logie
  • VIDEO ARCHIVIST  -  Mike Jackson (on the Contacts page as Film & Video Archivist)

Welcome to the new Narrow Gauge Railway Society Library webpage. . .

In 2017 a Society volunteer (Kim Bailey) working for the library undertook the epic task of scanning our entire back catalogue of in-house publications in a searchable .pdf format, right back to the first issues produced in 1951.

As the wealth of our published material grows, the task of maintaining a meaningful published index becomes problematical. Searchable .pdfs presented an alternative resource. Most pc’s and laptops will globally search a folder of .pdfs for specific content (once downloaded).

In 2018 the Committee of the Narrow Gauge Railway Society Ltd. resolved to make the first one hundred issues of our two publications (excluding ‘Special Issues’) available to our membership, as well as to the wider narrow gauge railway fraternity.

This platform is intended as an initial step to put more library resources online. Feedback from N.G.R.S. members and the general public alike are welcomed.

Society members may submit research requests to the librarian, which will be drawn from the entire back catalogue of our publications.


This is located at ‘MOSELEY RAILWAY TRUST’ premises at Apedale, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

The N.G.R.S. library holds periodic open days for all members and these are advertised in ‘Narrow Gauge News’ and through the NGRS Social Media of the ‘Yahoo’ web group and Facebook. Directions to the site can be found at :


Section 1:      Archive Files (non-loan)               

Section 2:      N.G.R.S. Publications                      

Section 3:      Archive Collections  (non-loan)

Section 4:      Catalogues  (non-loan)

Section 5:      B.L.C. / I.R.S. Publications              

Section 6:      Books (loan and non-loan)

Section 7:      Journals & Periodicals (non-loan)                              

Section 8:      Timetables                                

Section 9:      Railway Maps  

Section 10:    Alan Keef Collection (non-loan)

Section 11:    Film Archive  

LIBRARY SEARCH FACILITY  (This facility has been removed temporarily to give the library time to catch-up after the lockdown imposed due to Covid-19 and due to stockroom adjustments! Enquiries can always be directed to the Library at

If you require a printed list, if you have any particular requirements, or if you have any requests for non-loan items, research enquiries or general library enquiries, then do contact the assistant librarians Martin O'Keeffe and Iain Logie at

  • Printed versions are available on request from Martin O'keeffe at the address below.

LIBRARY OPEN DAYS 2021 (Provisional Only!)

For library visitors at Apedale Heritage Centre, the library opens from 11am - 4pm . The next N.G.R.S. library open days will be advised here when known.

The library is located within the premises of the "Apedale Valley Light Railway", nr Newcastle-Under-Lyme , Staffordshire. (Members should call at 'Silverdale' station in the first instance for escort across the site.)
Some open days will coincide with steaming dates on the "Apedale Valley Light Railway".

Should any members have a specific topic of enquiry, please let us know as it often enables us to better prepare research material in advance of a visit.  Browsing is also encouraged !  Hope to see you in the library soon ! 

Contact regarding open days should be made by email to Assistant Librarian, Martin O'Keefe


Over the past few years the Narrow Gauge Railway Society has scanned its entire catalogue of "The Narrow Gauge" and "Narrow Gauge News".  This has been done in a searchable PDF format, which is useful as a global search of these files effectively obviates the need for paper indexes. Society members have been contributing to our publications since 1951, and it is therefore a rich and unique source of research material. 

The N.G.R.S. committee decided that the earlier issues could be made available on-line as we have a duty to the wider railway fraternity to share information of a historic nature.

As a first step we have made issues 1-100 of both "The Narrow Gauge" and "Narrow Gauge News" available for download (excluding 'special issues') on a separate website.  A suitable copyright rider has yet to be added. 

The files are a collection of PDF files and you will need to ascertain how best to globally search within the multiple files as the online collection grows. Some software will globally search multiple files within folders, others require issues to be 'spliced' together into a single file. Basic advice on one possible route is here :

Finally, two HUGE votes of thanks should go to  :

      To all the N.G.R.S. 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 and others who laboriously undertook so much scanning work on behalf of our Society Library.


Archive files (Section 1) are being progressively scanned, and are therefore available to members either by email or on a CD.  If the file you wish you borrow electronically has not been scanned, we will scan it and should be able to send the information within a month.  If the material you require is not in the Library, we can sometimes obtain it from elsewhere.

We are always ready to receive any material of interest, whether by bequest, gift or purchase. Have you something of interest that could be useful to the Library?   We look forward to assisting you in the library soon.


The Narrow Gauge Railway Society research files have been progressively compiled since 1951 and are available in an electronic format.  This will protect original information for future generations of researchers, as well as keeping the information available where postal costs would have proved otherwise.

The electronic copies of the files may be distributed either by email or CD-ROM and are distributed to members for the purposes of personal research and in accordance with the aims of the Society.

The photographs, maps, drawings, and printed matter contained within these files are not necessarily the copyright of the Society.

No further copying, distribution or publication by any means may be made of any information contained therein without the written consent of the Narrow Gauge Railway Society Librarian.


The Society maintains an extensive library of DVDs covering NG & miniature subjects for loan to members or area group meetings, The library was temporarily suspended on 20/4/18 but is expected to be running again by the 2018 AGM.   

When re-activated, would borrowers please return all items promptly (maximum loan period four weeks) and when returning items, please include payment for the outward postage plus £2.00 to cover the cost of packing each parcel. Please treat the Society property with great care - remember that much of it is difficult or impossible to replace.

The aims of the N.G.R.S Video Library are:

1) To collect films, videotapes or DVDs (privately made or commercially available) on subjects relevant to the NGRS.

2) To make this material available to Society Members in the form of individual loans or shows to Area Groups, subject to

    any conditions imposed by the Copyright owners.

An important function of the library is to provide a safe repository for non-commercial film or video footage which might otherwise be lost or destroyed, such has often occurred after the photographer has passed away.To this end the Society will be happy to accept such material, either on a permanent basis or on temporary loan to permit a video copy to be made of such material. A VHS video copy or DVD of any such material can be supplied to the donor on request. The Video Librarian should, however, be contacted before any material is sent.

A limited selection of commercial programs may be acquired, either by purchase, 'Review' copies sent by publishers, or by donation from Society members, and these programs will be available on loan, where permission has been given by the Copyright holders.

If you have any queries, information, or possible additional material, please contact the Video Librarian enclosing a SAE if a reply is required.

To this end the Society will be happy to accept such material, either on a permanent basis or on temporary loan to permit a video copy to be made of such material. A VHS video copy or DVD of any such material can be supplied to the donor on request.

Other Video Tapes

To this end the Society will be happy to accept such material, either on a permanent basis or on temporary loan to permit a video copy to be made of such material. A VHS video copy or DVD of any such material can be supplied to the donor on request.

The Society holds a small number of other films, mostly from Commercial publishers, which cannot be loaned to individual members or groups until permission has been obtained from the Copyright holders. Negotiations are in hand & these will be added to the 'loan' list when such permission is obtained.

'Clips List'

Under compilation, please write for details - all donations of information gratefully received !


If you have photographs you can contribute to the Society, they would be most welcome. Please contact the Photo Librarian, who should also be contacted for photo queries and distribution.

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