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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

N Scale - Red Caboose - RN-17285-12 - Boxcar, 62 Foot, Beer - Missouri Pacific - 793217
N Scale - Red Caboose - RN-15606-2 - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, PS2-CD 4750 - Boone Valley Coop - 4702
N Scale - Red Caboose - RM-25410-17 - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, PS2-CD 4740 - Great Northern - 171584

Body Style

Body StyleCollection Count
All Items 200
Precision Masters Covered Hopper 2-Bay 3000 cf 13
Precision Masters Covered Hopper 3-Bay 4700 FMC 19
Precision Masters Covered Hopper 3-Bay 4740 PS-2 25
Precision Masters Covered Hopper 3-Bay 4750 PS-2 24
Precision Masters Open Hopper 5-Bay Ortner 46
Red Caboose Autorack Bi-Level Enclosed 195
Red Caboose Boxcar 40 Foot ARA 7
Red Caboose Boxcar 40 Foot X-29 23
Red Caboose Boxcar 55 Foot Thrall All-Doors 37
Red Caboose Boxcar 62 Foot Insulated Beer 55
Red Caboose Flatcar 42 Foot Fishbelly 38
Red Caboose Flatcar 73 Foot Centerbeam 122
Red Caboose Gondola Steel Coil 132
Red Caboose Reefer 57 Foot Mechanical 79