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N Scale Model Trains Database

Engines, Rolling Stock, Structures, and Accessories

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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 64374 Items

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Recent Additions

N Scale - Rivarossi - 9500 - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Smoothside - Union Pacific - 5907
N Scale - Rivarossi - 9692 - Passenger Car, Heavyweight, Baggage - Union Pacific - 27
N Scale - Rivarossi - 9567 - Passenger Car, Heavyweight, Baggage - Southern Pacific

Body Style

Body StyleCollection Count
All Items 14
Atlas Steam Engine 4-6-2 Pacific 1
Con-Cor Diesel Engine E8 1
Rivarossi Flatcar 40 Foot with Stakes 1
Rivarossi Passenger Heavyweight Baggage 4
Rivarossi Passenger Heavyweight Combine 3
Rivarossi Passenger Heavyweight Observation 1
Rivarossi Passenger Heavyweight Coach 2
Rivarossi Passenger Heavyweight Diner 1
Rivarossi Passenger Smoothside Combine 2
Rivarossi Steam Engine 4-8-8-4 Big Boy 10
Rivarossi Tank Car 40 Foot Chemical 1