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N-Scale Model Trains

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N-Scale Train Modeling is a hobby concerned with the recreation, display and operation of railway equipment in miniature. N-Scale is sometimes also referred to as N-Gauge.

N-Scale is a group of similar dimensional relationships including (but not limited to) 1/160, 1/150 and 1/148. All share in common a railroad gauge of 9mm (0.354 in). The earliest model trains to use this scale were made by Lone Star in the United Kingdom in their OOO (Treble-O) line. Interestingly, the Lone Star models use a dimensional relationship of 1/152. The first models to use a 1/160 scale were made by Arnold of Germany in the 1960s. The most common dimensional relationship in the United States and Europe is 1/160. Japanese manufacturers make a mix of 1/150 and 1/160 products but for the most part use 1/150. Model manufacturers in the United Kingdom prefer 1/148.

When it comes to track, N Scale always uses a standard 9mm distance between the two rails. The track height, however, can vary. Common heights are 0.08 inches high (Code 80) and 0.055 inches (Code 55). For narrow gauge modelers, track is 6.5mm between the rails (Z-Scale), but the dimensional ratio of the models is still typically 1/160, 1/150 or 1/148.

Worldwide, N Scale is the second most popular model railroading Scale after HO, but in certain geographical regions (Japan in particular) it exceeds even HO in popularity.


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Recent Additions

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Body Style

CodeBody StyleCollection Count
MDC-BC-36TRUSS MDC Boxcar 36 Foot Wood Truss Rod 31
MDC-BC50-BFFSD MDC Boxcar 50 Foot BFF Pickens Door 17
MDC-BC50-BFFYD MDC Boxcar 50 Foot BFF Youngstown Door 23
MDC-BC50-FMC-COMBO MDC Boxcar 50 Foot FMC Combo Door 42
MDC-BC50-FMC-DD MDC Boxcar 50 Foot FMC Double Door 24
MDC-BC50-FMC-ODD MDC Boxcar 50 Foot FMC Offset Double Door 13
MDC-BC50-FMC-PLUG MDC Boxcar 50 Foot FMC Plug Door 68
MDC-BC50-FMC-SD MDC Boxcar 50 Foot FMC Single Door 88
MDC-BC50-HCPLUG MDC Boxcar 50 Foot Hi-Cube Plug Door 69
MDC-BC50-PS-PLUG MDC Boxcar 50 Foot PS Plug Door 5
MDC-BC50-PS-SD MDC Boxcar 50 Foot PS Single Door 44
MDC-BC50-PS-SDRW MDC Boxcar 50 Foot PS Single Door and Roofwalk 4
MDC-BC50-PS-WS MDC Boxcar 50 Foot PS Waffle Side 46
MDC-BC50-PS-YD MDC Boxcar 50 Foot PS Youngstown Door 12
MDC-CAB-CUP3W MDC Caboose Cupola 3-Window Woodside 8
MDC-CAB-CUPE MDC Caboose Cupola Offset 10
MDC-CN-GHSC MDC Container Car Gunderson Husky-Stack 90
MDC-GN-50THS MDC Gondola 50 Foot Thrall Hi-Side 45
MDC-GN-50TM MDC Gondola 50/52 Foot Thrall/Mill 64
MDC-OH-3BOFF MDC Open Hopper 3-Bay Offset Side 23
MDC-OH-3BOVAL MDC Open Hopper 3-Bay Oval End 2
MDC-OH-3BPEAK MDC Open Hopper 3-Bay Peaked End 12
MDC-OH-3BRIB MDC Open Hopper 3-Bay Rib Side 41
MDC-PA-34OBAG MDC Passenger Car 34 Foot Overton Baggage 16
MDC-PA-34OBC MDC Passenger Car 34 Foot Overton Business 13
MDC-PA-34OCC MDC Passenger Car 34 Foot Overton Coach 15
MDC-PA-34OCO MDC Passenger Car 34 Foot Overton Combine 12
MDC-RE-36STUF MDC Reefer 36 Foot Wood Steel Underframe 23
MDC-RE-36TRUSS MDC Reefer 36 Foot Wood Truss Rod 83
MDC-RE-50EXPRESS MDC Reefer 50 Foot Express 21
MDC-RE-57-MECH MDC Reefer 57 Foot Mechanical 61
MDC-SC-36TRU MDC Stock Car 36 Foot Truss Rod 22
MDC-ST-260M MDC Steam Engine 2-6-0 Mogul 12
MDC-ST-280 MDC Steam Engine 2-8-0 Consolidation 23
MDC-TC-30FT MDC Tank Car 30 Foot Modern 24
MDC-TC-50FT-MDC MDC Tank Car Single Dome 50 Foot 86