WelcomeThank 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 Pewter-Cerro alloy is used in the casting of those parts.
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.
January 31, 2014
Time sure gets away from me..................
After the NG Convention in Pasadena, I worked on the limited run MOW Caboose and took some needed time for personal projects. Most notable, I started work on the kit of the destroyer I served on in Vietnam. Pictures and info is on the "Phil's Desk" page.
I now have all 40 of the limited run MOW caboose kits reserved. I am not taking anymore reservations for that kit.
To that extent, and with the Christmas season, my store room is empty. I have no kits. I have built and shipped the first 23 of 40 caboose kits. I am currently working on numbers 24 to 33. I agreed to built the convention car for the 2015 National Garden Railway show in Denver. I've have the first 50 of those kits delivered and will do another 25 when the current run of caboose kits in finished. After that, the last 7 of the caboose kits. Then I will start replenishing the store room starting with PNG-001 and work through to PNG-034.
I do have parts for you scratch builders out there. The 800 drop is on hold to this fall.
At this point, I have succeeded in getting San Juan decals to make decals for every kit I produce. I just finished up with the 4000 series, 27' boxcar and the MOW cars. Because many of you have asked for the MOW in white verses black, I had Dan print them in both colors. Each set has sufficient lettering to one of 6 different cars. Words contained on the decals are, Section Men, Engine Men, Bunk, Car, OM, Rotary, Commissary, Kitchen, Diner, Tool, D&RGW, (flying) Rio Grande, plus data and numbers for the cars. I had Dan add the Tool so one could paint a boxcar gray and letter it for a tool car.
And, I've added a couple of buttons at the top of the page labeled "Phil's Desk" and "Non PNG 4 Sale". While there is some train related stuff on the "Phil's Desk", I thought I'd share a few other projects on my "bucket list". The "Non PNG 4 Sale" will have items, mostly train related, but not items build by me for sale.
The OV model built by the late Jim Ferry on the Non PNG page is sold. I'll leave the pictures up for another update round for your enjoyment.
I get a lot of questions about my J&S Bearing Kit. I've added some pictures and dialog about the procedure on the services page.
Winter hit early this year so we didn't do a fall tree planting. 2014 is a new year for trees. Finally count on those pesky squirrels and gophers is 23 squirrels and 15 gophers and 1 vole. I nailed the vole with my neighbors tractor I borrowed to move a little dirt around. I have another vole that's tearing up my landscaping in front of the train building right now. Vole's are kind of like moles in that they burrow just under the surface looking for worms and grubs to eat. They are pretty large dwarfing both the squirrels and gophers. While the squirrels hibernate, the gophers and voles don't. The squirrels go down in October. I trapped 2 gophers in mid November and the vole about the same time.
Light Iron Digest, December / January, 2004 / 2005, PNG-001, 30' Boxcar kit
Garden Railways, January / February, 2005, PNG-002, 30' Reefer Kit
Gartenbahn profi, February 2005, PNG-002 & PNG-004, 30' & 40' Reefer kits
Garden Railways, March / April, 2005, PNG-001, 30' Boxcar kit
Light Iron Digest, June / July, 2005, PNG-002, 30' Reefer Kit
Gartenbahn profi, April 2005, PNG-001, 30' Boxcar Kit
Gartenbahn profi, June 2006, PNG-005, GRAMPS Tank Kit
Garden Railways, September / October, 2006, PNG-005, GRAMPS Tank Kit
Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette, March / April, 2007, PNG-005, GRAMPS & PNG-030, Kitchen
Garden Railways, July / August. 2008, PNG-007 Drop Bottom Kit
Gartenbahn profi, September 2008, PNG-007, Drop Bottom Kit
All kits are out of stock
I have all parts in stock. I am out of the M1.6 by 1/4" length screws for the GM motors. Minimum order is 5K and I don't want to carry that many. I do have the M1.6 by 1/2" length and will sell them as a 10 pack for $1.00. You will need to cut them down for the length you want. The spec sheet for the motors shows 4 different motors specs but I only carry the GM12-N20VA. I do not carry the others.
New pictures are from Ruslan Lyundovskiy in Moscow, Russia. Rich Schiffman, Conroe Texas. Daryl Barter, British Columbia, Canada. John Luehrsen, Madison Wisconsin and Rob Lenicheck, Palo Alto California.
Also a couple pictures of a scratch build 40' flatcar build by Dean Lowe and late Paul MacFarland. They started with Maxwell plans, lumber and of course, PNG detail parts. Great one of a kind model.
I am continually working to improve manufacturing processes and to add new cars and hardware. Please check back frequently for new products.
Thank you and enjoy my site.
This page was last updated on 01/31/2014
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