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Title: N Scale Catalogs

Collection: N Scale Model Trains
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Last Modification Date: 2018-10-14
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N Scale Catalogs


Over years, the TroveStar team members have accumulated a large number of N scale model train catalogs, either in a printed form or as digital copies. These are obviously a primary source of information in our endeavor to build this N Scale Model Trains database. Many of these catalogs are publicly available either from the manufacturers' websites, for the most recent ones, or from various N Scale or Model Trains amateurs' websites.
For our readers' convenience, we have decided to regroup in a single area on the TroveStar website all catalogs that we have found, in electronic pdf format. The catalogs are usually available in various languages, but sometimes only in the native language of the manufacturer. Some catalogs are covering several scales; in a few occasions, only the pages related to N scale have been included. Note that the resolution can vary from very low to excellent, depending on the source. As far as we can (or remember) we indicate our sources, recognizing the excellent work performed by several passionate modelers in gathering, scanning and publishing older catalogs.

We obviously welcome receiving links to new sources or a scanned copy of a catalog missing in our collection. Please contact us at admin@trovestar.com.


Our catalogs by brand

Please click on logo to access the list of catalogs.

All Arnold-Horny catalogs since 2008, as well as Hornby British catalogs since 2016, that contain an Arnold-Hornby section. Plus an older catalog of 1999.
Main source: Arnold-Hornby

All Arnold-Rapido catalogs from 1963 to 1968 (German or US versions).
Main source: Modeltreinen Database (in Dutch), The Birth of N Scale by David K. Smith

A one-off all-scale Athearn catalog of 2013.
Main source: Athearn

All Atlas catalogs since 2006. Note that Atlas is not giving public access to their old catalogs, so this is a real unique archive.
Also Atlas-Rivarossi Catalogs of 1967 to 1969.
Main source: Atlas, The Birth of N Scale by David K. Smith

All Aurora Postage Stamp Trains catalogs from 1967 to 1969.
Main source: All about Aurora Postage Stamp Trains by David K. Smith

Bachmann N catalogs from 1968 and 1969.
Most All-scale Bachmann catalogs since 2002.
Main source: Bachmann, The Birth of N Scale by David K. Smith

A Con-Cor catalog and flyer from 1967 and 1968.
Main source: The Birth of N Scale by David K. Smith

Almost all Dapol catalogs since 2004.
Main source: Ness street - N Gauge Catalogues

A quite large collection of Graham Farish catalogs from 1970 to 2016, pre and post the acquisition by Bachmann.
Main source: Ness street - N Gauge Catalogues

All-scale Herpa catalogs since 2016.
Main source: Herpa

All Ibertren catalogs from 1970 to 1992.
Main source: http://www.trenminiatura.es/ (in Spanish)

Kato Unitrack catalogs and posters.
Main source: Kato

A quite comprehensive list of Lima catalogs from 1963 to 1993.
Main source: Rivarossi Memory (in Italian)

A quite large collection of scanned Minitrix catalogs from 1959 to the late 1980's. The 1:160 N scale Minitrix really started in 1964 as Minitrix Electric; from 1958 to 1963, Minitrix was offering a range of push-along model trains in scale 1:180. Since 2006, Minitrix are offering their catalogs of new items natively in digital format, so you'll find the comprehensive collection in multiple languages (more languages on Minitrix website).
Main sources: Modeltreinen Database (in Dutch), Minitrix New items Catalogs, Guide to Z-scale

A single catalog of 2010, from the former Model Power website.
Main source: Model Power (no longer existing)

A handful of Peco catalogs ranging from 1968 to 2000.
Main source: Ness street - N Gauge Catalogues

All Piko catalogs since 2010. And two older ones from 1968 and 1969.
Main source: Piko - source unknown for the older ones

A Pola catalog from 1968 and flyer from 1969. Pola has been re-branded so many times that you most likely have a Pola structure on your layout.
Main source: The Birth of N Scale by David K. Smith

All Wiking catalogs since 2006.
Main source: Wiking


Viewing catalogs in PDF

Many catalogs contain illustrations stretching over two pages (even and odd page numbers) that show well with the physical paper catalog. To get the same visual effect with Adobe Acrobat (r), choose display in two page view, and more importantly tick the following option: View->Page Display->Show Cover Page During Two Page View. This will result in the cover page being displayed alone, but all subsequent pairs of even-odd pages being displayed side by side.


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