Phil's Narrow Gauge

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Thank you for visiting Phil's Narrow Gauge. The cars and accessories found on these pages are built in 1:20.3 scale now recognized as F scale and represent Colorado Narrow Gauge. All cars and parts are individually manufactured in my shop.

I use quality basswood,  Poplar and  Birch Plywood's  in the construction of the cars. Scribing of the plywood is done on a custom built saw verses laser cutting. All white metal parts are cast in my shops from molds made with my masters. A Tin based alloy is used in the casting of those parts. I do outsource a few parts to a screw machine shop in China otherwise, everything is manufactured in my shop.

While the completed cars are not fine scale museum pieces, they are easy to build and quite rugged to survive the rigors of outdoor garden railroading.


Effective September 14, 2014 and for the Foreseeable Future

I have no kits in stock nor do I plan to manufacture any in the near future other than what's posted in the current update. Any kits produced will be of a limited run nature. No kits will be produced for the sake of having kits on the shelf for random purchases. After almost 15 years of doing just that, it's time for me to focus on my projects with the occasional run of a previously produced kit or a new kit. Watch for updates.

April 10, 2019 Update

Quick, short update. I've found a couple errors in the instructions. Each time I, re-save the pdf file and re-upload it to the web server. If you're going to print them, I'd wait until you receive your kits so hopefully by then, I'll have found all those grammar and technical errors. For reference, last reload was 4-10-19. 

Back from California. Kids are good, grandkids are good, friends are good and taxes are good ..... for another year anyway!!

I have finally finished the instructions for the coach. They only require modifications when I get to the combine and RPO. I was able to upload the pdf file to my web hosting site and it is now available for you to download. You do have to have Adobe Reader on your PC. It is a large file of 28 meg. It's 46 pages long and 146 pictures. In the next day, I will order shipping boxes and actually get started with the first run of 10 kits. I will do my best to update as that run progresses so all will have a good idea of when their turn comes up.

Go to the buttons at the top of this page and click on the button titled Future Projects and then the Short Passenger. Then "The Kit" followed by "Coach". I did remove non kit projects from the "Kit" page to "Phil's Desk". No need to clutter the kit page up.

If any of you are Nautilus fans from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, I did a propeller repair to my 50th Anniversary Model. Find it on the "Phil's Desk" page.

Path to the layout pictures is as follows; Shop to Train Room to Scenery gives you a simplified schematic of the layout. Choices at the top of the page give you the 4 walls. North, south, east and west. As I get further along, will add the peninsula and logging area. Be sure to view the YouTube on my layout. Link is at the bottom of the North Wall current update.


Rolling Stock

The limited run of short passenger cars is finally in the development stage.


I am out of the GM motors in all flavors. I do have the mounts with screws and a bag of motor gearboxes with either the gears stripped or a defective motor. If you have a lot of GM motors in use, these would be spare parts as the motor and gearbox separate easily.

Customer Photo's

New pictures are from Neil Campbell, Goodyear, AZ.


Thank you and enjoy my site.

Phil Dippel

This page was last updated on 04/10/2019

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