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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 63065 Items

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Recent Additions

N Scale - Ak-Sar-Ben - 01 - Reefer, Ice, Wood - N Scale Club - 1972
N Scale - Ak-Sar-Ben - 9304 - Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era - Various - 5-Pack
N Scale - Ak-Sar-Ben - 9305 - Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era - Various - 5-Pack

Body Style

Body StyleCollection Count
All Items 0
Generic Multipack 2
Arnold Rapido Open Hopper 2-Bay Rib Side 1
Atlas Body Style Assortment 1
Atlas Caboose Cupola Offset 8-Window 1
Atlas Covered Hopper 3-Bay PS 2 1
Atlas Covered Hopper 4-Bay ACF 5250 (Austrian/US Version) 1
Atlas Diesel Road Switcher RS-11 1
Atlas Diesel Road Switcher RS-3 1
Atlas Flatcar 50 Foot TOFC 15
Atlas Open Hopper 3-Bay 90 Ton 1
Atlas Reefer 50 Foot Plug Door Mechanical 10
Atlas Stock Car 85 Foot HiCube 3
Atlas Train Set 1
Con-Cor Passenger Smoothside 85 Foot Observation 1
Con-Cor Vehicle Trailer 40 Foot Smoothside 1
Lima Passenger Heavyweight Coach 1
Lima Passenger Heavyweight Box Set 1
Lima Passenger Heavyweight Observation 1
Mehano Caboose Cupola Offset 6-Window 3
Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot PS-1 11
Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot Sliding Door No Roofwalk 8
Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot Wood Sheathed 4
Micro-Trains Reefer Wood Sheathed 40 Foot Horizontal Brake 1
Micro-Trains Hopper Open 2-Bay Offset Side 3
Micro Trains Hopper Open 3-Bay Ribbed Side 100 Ton 1
Micro-Trains Trailer Box Van 40 Foot Fruehauf 1
Micro-Trains Body Style Assortment Special Run 4
Rivarossi Passenger Smoothside Observation 1
Roco Boxcar 40 Foot Steel Double Door 1
Sanda Kan Boxcar 50 Foot Evans Hi-Cube 1
Sanda Kan Open Hopper 3-Bay 100 Ton 1