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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 66921 Items

Top Contributors (30 day)

scottakoltz 206
gdm 115
CMK 92
Jenna 65
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Recent Additions

N Scale - Showcase Miniatures - 124 - Structure, Small - Route 66 - Bud
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N Scale - Showcase Miniatures - 114 - Commercial Structures - Phillip

Body Style

Body StyleCollection Count
All Items 89
Showcase Miniatures Truck Mounted Donkey Forklift 1
Showcase Miniatures Kalmar Container Loader 1
Showcase Miniatures Train Kit 1
Showcase Miniatures Structure Small 16
Showcase Miniatures Utility Trailer 5
Showcase Miniatures FL M2 Medium Duty Truck 6
Showcase Miniatures I Type Medium Duty Truck 17
Showcase Miniatures Vehicle Truck KW 8
Showcase Miniatures Vehicle Maintenance of Way 2
Showcase Miniatures Vehicle Truck Modern 1
Showcase Miniatures Truck Circa 1950s 18
Showcase Miniatures Truck Circa 1960s 1
Showcase Miniatures Truck Circa 1970s 9
Showcase Miniatures Truck Circa 1980s 3