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.
September 16, 2013
The summer shows are over. Only did 2 this year and will only do 2 next.
The first 9 MOW caboose kits are done and mostly out of here. I have 4 custom 27' cars I'm working on and then will build the next 11 caboose kits. I only had 20 sets of caboose markers on hand at the start. I have another 20 sets on order with Accucraft. Hopefully they will come in before to much longer. My gut feeling is they won't arrive much before the end of the year.
After the first 20 caboose kits are done, I will shift gears and get a run of the new 800 drops going. I will have to make up the instructions first. My initial thought was to make a mod kit for the 700 but changed my mind and the 5 board 800 drops will be a complete kit.
The 3' 7" trucks are back in stock. As before the price is $50 with a kit ONLY. If you want to buy just trucks, go to Accucraft's "E" store and purchase them there.
I hope to update my MOW decals with San Juan decals over the next few months. That ball is in my court to get Dan the lettering and numbers I need for the MOW cars I produce.
All kits are on the shelf except the commissary. The freelance caboose is foremost on my bench. As I've stated before, it is a limited offering held at 40 units. I have 31 spoken for with 9 remaining. I try to tell each of you your number on the list. Those with number 21 to 31 (for now) will be waiting on the markers from Accucraft.
I'm sure most of you that watch the news have seen all the flooding here in Colorado. We live just south of the Palmer Divide. The worst of the flooding is 50+ miles north of the divide. The divide is a 7300' ridge between Denver and southern Colorado. While we are getting lots of rain, there's been no flooding in our immediate area. Normal rainfall for us is approximately 15". To date, we 17-1/2". My rain gauge doesn't do snow so the snowfall from January 1st to our last snow in early May is not reflected in the total. I saw in the paper that Fort Carson, just south of Colorado Springs, got 14" in a 6 hours period. That's just under a years rainfall in one day.
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 injoyment.
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.
Fall is coming as is the final round of tree planting for the year. I've almost finished planting trees around the perimeter of the property. This fall and next year will probably do it. Trees are really liking all the rain. Only had to drag hose around 10-12 times this summer and none this past 10 weeks. Squirrel / gopher count is catching up to the yearly average. 13 gophers and 20 squirrels. Got my neighbors into the "drive". I'm still the "King Daddy" ☺
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
04022 Commissary is out of stock
I am temporarily out of the new GM motors. I have another 500 due in by next month. A little note about the gearhead motors. The spec sheet with the part does show 4 different motors specs but I only carry the GM12-N20VA. I do not carry the others.
New pictures are from 3 customers. John Esposito of Westminster, Colorado shows off his 30' reefer. Ruslan Lyundovskiy in Moscow, Russia with his 40' reefer and 700 series drop bottom. And from John Luehrsen of Madison, Wisconsin and his 30' boxcars and 700 series drop bottom gondola.
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 09/16/2013
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