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.


February 2, 2019 Update

Really short update. Wanted all to know I'm still kicking!!! I made up the second silicone roof end mold last weekend and have been casting since. I have 185 cast so far with another 15 to go for the 200 roof ends. It's taking roughly 25 minutes per casting for measuring, mixing, pouring and waiting for the resin to harden. You can do the math. My workbench is consumed with everything needed to do this so I made the decision to just cast them all and be done with that part of the production. So, bare with me a bit longer. My plan to contact the first 5 on the list to get their request for one or two coach kits so I'll know how many to make on the first batch. I.E. 10 or a number less than. I'm going to make up the kits in small batches of 10 or so. I just don't have the room for any more.

I'm making progress but not as fast as I want. I think the expression is "Life gets in the way". I do have the roof and enough detail finished to say the first cut of the coach is finished. I'm out of any decals that would work on the car so they are on order. Visit the Coach page for updates. I'm shutting down reservations for the 4 car set. I have 20 right now. That will produce 80 cars and use up 80 trucks. I should have 15-20 trucks remaining after that for second chance and possibly single car sales. Won't have a good feeling for that until the 80 cars are out of here.

I cast 75 roof ends off the first silicone mold. It's getting tired. The edges to the cavity are getting hard which is a good indicator the silicone mold is beginning to fail. I have enough uncured silicone to make 2 more molds so another project on my list. I have more than enough resin to cast another 125 or so ends.

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.

The GM motors are sold out and I have removed them from the parts page. I do have a bag of mounts and another bag of defective motors and gearboxes. If interested, shoot me an email.


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 02/02/2019

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