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Idaho Narrow Gauge News

The Idaho Narrow Gauge News

Covering rail-roads

Published in the mind of the inventor
...on an irregular basis.
E Pluribus Unum.
Founded October 1899

NEW: Photo of 'The Week'

Russell's Personal Pages ~~ Rusted Macs

Highlights (sections on this page)


EDITORIAL - Moving yet again
Photo of the week - NEW
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Boise Weather
18 Inch Gauge Railroads Around the World

Boise Depot 80th Anniversary
The Big Mike Moving Project

In Depth (Sections within INGN)

Local Railroad News (Other News Sites)

Motive Power - hauling your train in the style of your choice or budget
Modelling your own railroad - railroading on a smaller scale
Idaho Railroad News Photos - Informational Pictorial

The Idaho Southern and Pacific Railroad
The R&R Railway Page WEBSITE GONE!
Idaho Historical Railroads
The Idaho Northern and Pacific Railroad
The Thunder Mountain Line Page
The Sumpter Valley Railway - Narrow Gauge in Oregon Territory

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Russell Courtenay
Boise, ID 83709

If you have stories or information about ANY railroads in Idaho or an 18" gauge railroad ANYWHERE in the world that could be included here, PLEASE contact us at the above address.

Sept. 1901
Dec. 1901

Published on an irregular basis indeed...

April 19, 1905.

Much has happened in the world of Idaho Narrow Gauge News since the last update. We have moved again, this time to a newer home with plenty of aminities but no workable garden space (for a railroad at least), this is a temporary move at best and hopefully by the end of the two year lease we will be buying a home and not moving again for the forseeable future.

We have more to add to this news journal such as updated links and updates to the modelling section, but this site is getting to the size that it is very difficult to manage updates with all the manual changes that must be made to each page. I am looking for some sort of simple way to automate this process, any ideas, please email.

It has not been our custom to include a photo in the editorial section (in keeping with our proper early 20th century newspaper motif) but will make an exception here because we also have a new addition to the family as of the end of March when little Gregory was born. Here, he will wave to you:

The main reason for this update (besides I just feel like it) is the Boise Depot 80th Anniversary event that took place April 16 and 17th, 1905. There was also the kickoff for the 'Move Big Mike' fundraising drive which I hope to be a part of. More on all of this in Idaho Railroad News Photos.


Thank you for continuing to read our silliness and egotistical meanderings, we hope we have provided some creative distraction and entertainment value.

-The Chief

May 2004 on the Thunder Mountain Line

Our purpose:
For those of you who enjoyed our premier issue of some time ago, we will attempt to keep up the same quality of reporting and commentary on things that are important to your life here at the beginning of this Twentieth Century. Our purpose is to inform in a way no one else in the territory is doing, in the classic style of the ninteenth century you have come to expect from us, without ever taking ourselves, or our readers, too seriously.

Our motto is: "The news on time, within a century or so." That should explain the timely dates on this page.

Photo of the Week

Submitted by our team of 'Territory-Wide' photographers

For more on the 80th Anniversary of the Boise Depot click here or on the photo below.

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A directory of

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Anacortes Railroad Anacortes, WA
Armley Mills Industrial Museum Leeds, UK
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad Los Gatos, CA
Building an 18-inch Gauge Steam Locomotive on Railway Preservation News, by Roger Mitchell WEBSITE GONE!
Charley Lix's Fledgling 18"-gauge line Sparks, NV WEBSITE GONE!
Lee District Park Railway Alexandria, VA
Magical Forest Railroad Las Vegas, NV
The Milford Park Railway Milford, NY
Moving a railroad from Colorado to North Carolina (Fayetteville Observer) WEBSITE GONE!
Smokey's Express - 18" gauge at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, Central Point, Oregon WEBSITE GONE!
The Overfair Railway - The Panama Pacific Exposition, San Francisco, CA, 1915
The Park Train Picture Gallery of Matt Conrad (Near the end under 'Custom and Homebuilt')
The Steeple Grange Light Railway - Wirksworth, Derbyshire, UK - Photos
The Swanton Pacific Railroad Society - Swanton, CA
The Venice Street Railway Venice, CA
The Woodstock Shortline Colorado



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