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General :

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

          MATTERS) - Jim & Becky Hay (on the Contacts page as Librarian)
  • MAIN LIBRARY (LOANED BOOKS ONLY) - Chris Walker, Corner Cottage, Church Lane, Standon Bowers,
         Stafford  ST21 6RW or via email  chriscwalker(at)hotmail.com
  • PHOTO ARCHIVIST - Position currently vacant (on the Contacts page as Photo Archivist)
  • VIDEO ARCHIVIST - Mike Jackson (on the Contacts page as Film & Video Archivist)


Main Library




 The N.G.R.S. library holds periodic open days for all members.  These are advertised in ‘Narrow Gauge News’, and through the Society ‘Yahoo’ web group.  Directions to the site can be found at : www.avlr.org.uk/



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  


  To reflect the continued expansion of the library and to facilitate member searches, the full library list is held on two ‘Excel’ spreadsheets, with copies on web-pages, as Loan Items and Non-loan items. Each section above is listed on a separate tab on the pages.


      Click for Loan Items - XL spreadsheet, or web-page (separate windows)

      Click for Non-Loan Items - XL spreadsheet or web-page (separate windows)


    When you open as the webpage, notice and use the Tabs at the bottom of the page!


  • Printed versions are available on request from Jim & Becky Hay at the address below.

  • Items listed in red on the library catalogue have been added since the last issue.


Alongside these spreadsheets we have trialled an on-line LIBRARY SEARCH facility to search the full catalogue. As always we welcome feedback from members, drop a line to the librarian.

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, contact the Librarian  (Jim & Becky Hay, 7 North Road, Combe Down, Bath, BA2 5DE or via email to howard9841931(at)hotmail.co.uk )



Archive 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 next 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.

Research Files

  The Narrow Gauge Railway Society has made its research files available in an electronic format.  These files have been progressively compiled since 1951.  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.  The files are distributed to N.G.R.S. members for the purposes of personal research, 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.


  Video Library


  The Video Library is a postal loan service only. Videos are NOT held or available from the general library at Apedale.


  Videos are loaned out for 21 days on the understanding that they are NOT shown in public and in particular that further copies are NOT made.


 The current Video list (Word file) is available by CLICKING HERE to view or download it. The very latest video  list can be obtained by sending an Email request, or a large stamped addressed envelope, to the Video Librarian leaving your name and address. More information on the loan of DVDs is given at the end of the Video Library contents list.


  Please return all items promptly as another member may be waiting to borrow them (maximum loan period four weeks). 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 Narrow Gauge Railway Society.

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 Hon.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.


 Other Video Tapes

  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 !



Photo Library


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






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