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Welcome

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.

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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.

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February 20, Update

Wow, it's been an intensive year putting together 100 short passenger car kits!! But the end has come and it is complete!! I can't thank everyone that participated in the project enough. The fact that all kits were 100% sold out even before I started production is very humbling to me. The need for a superior roof end, the complex working chairs, bathroom fixtures and stove fixtures forced me to learn 3D software. I now wish I had knuckled down and learned it before but that's water under the bridge. Again, my humble thanks to all that follow my endeavors now and over the past 20 years.

I have received some new pictures from Jim Dunk up in Oregon. Please check them out. He did a spectacular job on his RPO. He had Stan Cedarleaf make up all his decals.

There's a large space in my mezzanine where the 7 cases of Aristocraft trucks used to be. Plus lots of regained space on the shop floor where boxes of cast rood ends I cast up a year ago occupied. My primary work bench in the great room was a quarter covered with white metal castings and a large work space in my saw dust room was covered with various lasered parts. All that is now gone and opened up.

All the pictures and info regarding the coach, combine and RPO will remain on the site for reference should you need it. 

I have a few simple task to clear up that I've been putting off. We've been having a lot of single digit temps that's making it hard to heat the train room so it'll be a few weeks before I go out there and blow the dust off the layout. I also will get a new web page going showing the construction of a scratch built Nautilus model. Approx 1:48 scale making the ship approx 48" long. A project that's been on my "bucket list" for years. With my newfound 3D skills, I've been able to tackle all the difficult main deck and hull parts.

My intensions for the next limited run kit will be the D&RGW RPO #66. I have 50+/- Accucraft J&S passenger trucks in the mezzanine. I will ball bearing them to go with the kits. I know the J&S type trucks are not correct for the car but they're close enough. I have a half dozen already signed up for that kit. If it interest you, let me know and I'll add your name to the list. I expect to get going on that development in May. I will need to 3D the roof end and the car ends with the reinforcement rails. Then silicone molds to cast those parts in resin. I was very satisfied with the resin roof ends we all used on the short passenger cars and feel resin roof ends and car ends will work and look well on the model. I suspect the rest of the car body will be wood. I do plan to design the roof using the same principles I used on the short passenger cars.

 I am also exploring producing some 7/8ths scale rolling stock. As with any kit, having trucks to sit on is first and foremost. I have designed a freight truck and had a prototype 3D'd. These trucks are large and plastic, white metal or die cast just won't hold up to size and weight of the rolling stock. Only steel side frames will. I've had a set water jet cut which was a bit disappointing. The side cuts are a tad tapered and cost is extreme. My next test will be to have them laser cut by higher powered steel cutting lasers. About 1/4 the cost of water jet. My laser is a low powered (50 watt) CO2 laser for cutting wood and plastic. I'm not going to start a page for 7/8th rolling stock until I can secure the parts, namely wheels, to build the trucks.

Phil

Rolling Stock

The limited run of short passenger cars is complete and finished. Next up will be a D&RGW RPO #66. I am taking sign ups for 50 kits.

Parts

Most parts are in stock. Please email for availability.

Customer Photo's

I've received pictures of the coaches from James Dunk, McMinnville, OR. Joel Freedman, Richman Hill, ON, Canada. George Rawe, Pfafftown, NC.

Great Job Guys!!!! All look terrific!

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Thank you and enjoy my site.

Phil Dippel

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