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N Scale Model Trains Database

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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 65994 Items

Top Contributors (30 day)

gdm 284
scottakoltz 193
CMK 86
Alain LM 23
Jenna 15

Recent Additions

N Scale - Rapido Trains - 540027 - Locomotive, Diesel, GE Dash 8 - British Columbia - 4618
N Scale - Rapido Trains - 540026 - Locomotive, Diesel, GE Dash 8 - British Columbia - 4615
N Scale - Rapido Trains - 540525 - Locomotive, Diesel, GE Dash 8 - British Columbia - 4622

Body Style

Body StyleCollection Count
All Items 1180
Rapido Accessories 1
Rapido Accessory Passenger Car Light Kit Easy Peasy 1
Rapido Accessory Pendolino Light Kit 3
Rapido Trains Diesel Engine Dash 8 64
Rapido Diesel Engine EMD FL9 123
Rapido Diesel Engine FPA-4 & FPB-4 34
Rapido Diesel Engine GMD-1 1000-series 55
Rapido Diesel Engine GMD-1A 1600-series 14
Rapido Diesel Engine GMD-1B 1400-series 20
Rapido Gondola 52 Foot Steel 2
Rapido Passenger Smoothside NSC 73 Foot Baggage Car 113
Rapido Passenger Coach Osgood Bradley 8600 32
Rapido Passenger Coach Osgood Bradley 104
Rapido Passenger Train Pendolino Set 23
Rapido Passenger Car Pullman Lightweight Duplex Sleeper 155
Rapido TurboTrain 14
Rapido Passenger Car CCF 10-5 Sleeper 78
Rapido Passenger Car CCF Cafe-Bar-Lounge 59
Rapido Passenger Car CCF Coach 167
Rapido Passenger Car CCF Dayniter 65
Rapido Reefer 37 Foot Meat Packers 187