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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. 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.


July 15, 2017 update

Been a long time since the last update. Never seems to be enough hours in a day to accomplish all the things we want to complete.

Been "workin on the railroad" out in the train room. Finally getting a little scenery laid down. Things have slowed way down out there due to drought conditions here in the Falcon area. While several parts of El Paso county are at normal rainfall, we're at half. So, have had to spent a lot of time watering. Looking forward to the monsoon season!!!

Layout pictures can be reached by pressing the Shop button and then the Train Room button. There are several folders listed under the Train Room tab.

The GM motors are sold out. I do have a bag of mounts and another bag of defective motors and gearboxes. Will do my best to get a few pictures of the odds and ends left over.

We had 2 late winter storms in May. Zapped a couple trees.  Hard on a tree to start budding out or with the conifers, candles opening for spring to get hit with below freezing temps and snow. From that event to hot and dry for 7-8 weeks. Life for a tree is tough around here.

Went up in the mezzanine for material and inventoried trucks. I have an order in to my screw machine shop in China for more NB's. Looks like August I will be producing a few kits. My intention is to sell the kits with ball bearing trucks, couplers and a decal. Not sure of the fine print just yet. Watch for updates.

"Wildlife" around here, i.e. squirrels and gophers, have dramatically declined. To date, 3 squirrel and 1 gopher. Rabbits are another story. No shortage of cotton tail and jack's.


Rolling Stock

August may see a couple flavors of kits in order to thin down the truck population..


 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 George Rawe, Pfafftown, NC, Ed Mattison, Tacoma, WA, Matthew Fierer, Deerfield, IL, Ken Scheer, Delta, CO and Russ Lucas in Brisbane, Australia.


Thank you and enjoy my site.

Phil Dippel

This page was last updated on 07/15/2017

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