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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.


Collection N Scale Model Trains has 61562 Items

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Body Style

Body StyleCollection Count
All Items 724
MDC-BC-36TRUSS 31
MDC-BC50-BFFSD 17
MDC-BC50-BFFYD 26
MDC-BC50-FMC-COMBO 42
MDC-BC50-FMC-DD 28
MDC-BC50-FMC-ODD 13
MDC-BC50-FMC-PLUG 71
MDC-BC50-FMC-SD 90
MDC-BC50-HCPLUG 69
MDC-BC50-PS-PLUG 5
MDC-BC50-PS-SD 44
MDC-BC50-PS-SDRW 4
MDC-BC50-PS-WS 46
MDC-BC50-PS-YD 13
MDC-CAB-CUP3W 8
MDC-CAB-CUPE 10
MDC-CN-GHSC 91
MDC-GN-50THS 46
MDC-GN-50TM 64
MDC-OH-3BOFF 23
MDC-OH-3BOVAL 2
MDC-OH-3BPEAK 12
MDC-OH-3BRIB 40
MDC-PA-34OBAG 16
MDC-PA-34OBC 14
MDC-PA-34OCC 16
MDC-PA-34OCO 14
MDC-RE-36STUF 23
MDC-RE-36TRUSS 83
MDC-RE-50EXPRESS 21
MDC-RE-57-MECH 63
MDC-SC-36TRU 22
MDC-ST-260M 12
MDC-ST-280 23
MDC-TC-30FT 24
MDC-TC-50FT-MDC 86