"Your Source for Standard Gauge Modeling in 1:20.3 or F Scale "
Greetings from Dave
Hello. My name is Dave Queener and welcome to the Cumberland Model Engineering
website. Cumberland Model Engineering (CME) is my effort to develop standard gauge modeling in 1:20.3 scale, or as the National Model
Railroad Association (NMRA) designates it,
F scale. I also have begun to dabble in the ride-on-scales;
and towards that end, I offer my services as a fully equipped CNC machine
shop. In real life, I am a
residing in Knoxville, Tennessee; husband to a wonderfully sympathetic wife;
and father to four dear children, all of whom have an affinity for trains, to one
degree or another!
Secondly, in order to develop F Gauge and to encourage fine scale modeling in multiple scales--1:20.3 no less than 7½" gauge live steam--I trained myself in both CAD/CAM and CNC machining and equipped my home based shop with the same robust industrial grade machine tools found in most small job shops. You can view my shop here or take an impromptu tour with the video below (no I don't usually wear a three-piece suit in the shop--filming just happened to occur on a Sunday after church). The site itself is divided into six principle sections:
About the Site
F Scale Products Here you will find F Gauge track, wheelsets, trucks and freight car kits. More products will be added to this area as they become available. Now available: 50 Ton AAR-Bettendorf and wooden bolster archbar trucks! (Kit availability updated 4-14-15)
Custom Casting As of January 2014, we are offering custom spin casting in white metal of model railroad and other small parts. My friend Don Niday is in charge of our spin casting division. You can read more about it here.
Custom Machining Axle boxes and side rods for live steam locomotives along with samples of other custom machined parts from F scale through 15" gauge reside here.
The Gauge 3 Galleries My initial foray into standard gauge modeling in "large scale" was to stick with an old established track gauge, albeit one that has fallen out of favor in North America: Gauge 3, or as it is known on the continent, Spur II. Gauge 3 measures 2.5" between the rails (63.5mm) and has been around since the 1880s as one of the four original track gauges created by German toy train maker Märklin. To document my own efforts in Gauge 3, its history, and the vibrant European renaissance in Gauge 3, I have set up the Gauge 3 Galleries.
The F Gauge
Since roughly 2001 I and a handful of other North American modelers have
been at the forefront of establishing accurate standard gauge modeling in
(1:20.32 --or-- 15mm=1 foot). To catalogue our progress--and hopefully to
inspire a few others to join us in developing this new, and accurate, scale
and gauge combination--I have created the
Galleries. This is where you will find several galleries devoted to the
best standard gauge modeling being done in large scale today.
For those wishing to contact
me with photos of their own F scale projects or to place orders, please see
the Contact Page.
Last update: 14 April 2015