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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 66854 Items

Top Contributors (30 day)

scottakoltz 170
gdm 102
CMK 95
Jenna 65
Alain LM 17

Recent Additions

N Scale - Kato USA - 106-104-LS - Passenger Car, North America, Transition Era Consist - Chicago & North Western - Train Set
N Scale - Kato USA - 106-104-DCC - Passenger Car, North America, Transition Era Consist - Chicago & North Western - Train Set
N Scale - Kato USA - 106-2015-DCC - Passenger Train, Diesel, North American, Modern - Operation North Pole - 2015 Version with DCC

Model Type

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Austrian Austrian 1
Commuter Commuter 7
Diesel Diesel 217
Electric Electric 267
Europe Europe 2
Gas-Electric Gas-Electric 13
Gasoline Gasoline 19
Heavyweight Heavyweight 1
Japanese Japanese 1
Jet Powered Aircraft Engine Jet Powered Aircraft Engine 1
Jet Turbine Jet Turbine 14
Maintenance of Way Equipment Maintenance of Way Equipment 18
Passenger Passenger 4
Passenger Cars Passenger Cars 63
Propeller Driven Aircraft Engine Propeller Driven Aircraft Engine 1
Railcar Railcar 2
Steam Steam 36
Streamlined Streamlined 12
Tourist Tourist 1
Troop Transport Troop Transport 1
Turbo Train Turbo Train 2