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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 66001 Items

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Model Type

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Uncategorized Uncategorized 53
Autorack Autorack 640
Body Style Assortment Body Style Assortment 10
Boxar Boxar 1
Boxcar Boxcar 11125
Boxcar AAR Boxcar AAR 3
Boxcar Standard Steel Boxcar Standard Steel 18
Caboose Caboose 2298
Cleaning Car Cleaning Car 16
Coal Gondola Coal Gondola 1
Container Car Container Car 557
Covered Hopper Covered Hopper 6869
Diesel Diesel 6
Flatcar Flatcar 2770
Freight Cars Freight Cars 139
Gondola Gondola 3809
Heavyweight Heavyweight 3
Hoppers Hoppers 1
Jet Turbine Jet Turbine 2
Log Car Log Car 76
Maintenance of Way Maintenance of Way 89
Mixed Mixed 55
Mixed Consist Mixed Consist 2
Mixed Freight Mixed Freight 3
Mixed Freight Cars Mixed Freight Cars 2
MOW MOW 1
Open Hopper Open Hopper 4831
Railway Gun Railway Gun 5
Reefer Reefer 3383
Roadrailer Roadrailer 68
Rocket Launch Pad Rocket Launch Pad 1
Schnabel Car Schnabel Car 7
Slag Car Slag Car 3
Specialized Specialized 1
Specialty Specialty 1
Stock Car Stock Car 509
Tank Car Tank Car 2855
Tarpaulin Tarpaulin 5
Tender Tender 8
Test Car Test Car 9
Transition Era Transition Era 1
Unknown Unknown 2
Various Various 7