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 16 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.


August 15, 2019 Update

Production update. I'm into the final 10 coach kits, #'s 31 to 40. I made up 20 frames instead of just 10 during the 21 to 30 build. I've also got some of the parts from the third run that I made up enough for 20 verses just 10. I would say I'm 1/3 or more into the 4th run. July was a busy month. A weeks vacation with the in-laws in Montana and a ton of chores around the property. So, finally back to the coaches. A couple on the primary list have only taken 1 or none of the coaches so I will be contacting a couple of you on the waiting list for coaches. I'm hoping to get going on the combine and RPO by September. The development of the combine is really just working out the sliding cargo doors in the baggage half of the car. I don't have to reinvent the "wheel" for the bulk of the car. Same with the RPO. I will have to do the 3D work for the windows with bars for the RPO but I'll spend more time waiting for the parts to be printed. I hope to have all kits shipped before the ducks and geese fly south. I did a hard count on the Aristocraft trucks. I do have 100 pair. 4 pair will go onto my 4 cars and the remaining 96 on customer kits. As it's turning out, not all are wanting all 4 kits which will be helpful to those on the waiting list. Hopefully everyone that has contacted me will get something.

So, I'm plugging along. Not as fast as I did a decade ago but getting it done. With the bulk of the summer yard work complete, I can spend more time in the shop.

Hopefully all have downloaded the color copy of the instructions. Something else to think about are the Trackside Details brass handrails. The white metal rails I made can be seen on the little 1' long mockup near the bottom of "The Kit" page. The brass TD rails can be seen on the color instructions near the end. If you think you want to do the upgrade, I would suggest you order 4 sets as your funding is available. With shipping, something close to $100. If my white metal rails look just fine to you, then you're good to go.

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".

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. I'm hoping to get to the layout this fall after all the short passenger cars are completed.


Rolling Stock

The limited run of short passenger cars is finally in the production stage with the coach being the first kit.


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 08/15/2019

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