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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 - Tomix - 92890 - Passenger Train, Electric, Series E231 - Japan Railways East - E231-500
N Scale - Tomix - 92889 - Passenger Train, Electric, Series E231 - Japan Railways East - E231-500
N Scale - Tomix - 92949 - Locomotive, Diesel, JNR, DE10 - Tarumi Railway - 1 / 2

Body Style

Body StyleCollection Count
All Items 90
Tomix Accessories 2
Tomix Boxed Train Set 3
Tomix Container 12 Foot 13
Tomix Container 20 Foot 5
Tomix Container 31 Foot 3
Tomix Diesel Engine DD51 9
Tomix Diesel Engine DE10 13
Tomix Electric Freight Locomotive EF66 14
Tomix Flatcar 2-Axle Freight 7
Tomix JNR Railway Crane type SO 80 2
Tomix Passenger Cars 1
Tomix Passenger Train 62
Tomix Schnabel Car Shiki 1000 2
Tomix Shinkansen Bullet Train 39
Tomix Steam Engine 2-8-0 3
Tomix Structure 47
Tomix Tank Car Single Dome Taki 3000 1
Tomix Thomas the Tank Engine 35
Tomix Track 18
Tomix Track Cleaning Car 3
Tomix Turntable 1
Tomix Vehicle Industrial 1
Tomix Road Vehicles 2