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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 66767 Items

Top Contributors (30 day)

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scottakoltz 119
CMK 95
gdm 91
Jenna 66
Alain LM 15


Recent Additions

N Scale - Wheels of Time - 90351 - Bus, GM Old Look - Painted/Unlettered - None
N Scale - Wheels of Time - 90412 - Bus, GM Old Look - Painted/Unlettered - None
N Scale - Wheels of Time - 90301 - Bus, GM Old Look - Greyhound Lines - P1690

Body Style

Body StyleCollection Count
All Items 510
N Scale of Nevada Piggy Packer PC 28
Wheels of Time Boxcar 50 Foot Insulated Double Door 49
Wheels of Time Boxcar 50 Foot Insulated Single Door 159
Intermountain Diesel F7 5
Wheels of Time Flatcar 53 Foot Bulkhead 39
Wheels of Time Flatcar 53 Foot Fishbelly 67
Wheels of Time Passenger Car Bi Level Coach 27
Wheels of Time Passenger Harriman Baggage Express 60 Foot 57
Wheels of Time Passenger Coach Harriman 49
Wheels of Time Passenger Heavyweight Baggage 70 Foot 95
Wheels of Time Passenger Heavyweight Baggage 80 Foot 18
Wheels of Time Raygo Wagner PC-90 Piggy Packer 22
Wheels of Time 3D Printed Kits 10
Wheels of Time Vehicle Bus GMC Transit 121