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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.
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Total items in collection: 66854. Total items on page 10

First Image Brand Stock Number Road or Company Name Reporting Marks Road or Reporting Number Prototype Original Retail Price Market Release Date ID
J 'n J 88-01-2 Ann Arbor AA 597 Covered Hopper, 2-Bay, ACF 36 Foot E:$8.00 C:$8.00 1988-01-01 143028
J 'n J 9302 Gulf Mobile & Ohio GM&O 80700 Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, PS2 2893 1988-01-01 161125
J 'n J 9412 Continental Grain SHPX 46546 Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, Cylindrical 146639
J 'n J 9415-2 Archer Daniels Midland UELX 60215 Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, PS2 2893 1988-01-01 161077
J 'n J 9416 Archer Daniels Midland UELX 30219 Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, PS2 2893 1988-01-01 146635
J 'n J 9501 Harvest States Cooperative GTAX 20277 Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, Cylindrical 146638
J 'n J 9502 Burlington Route CB&Q 192275 Covered Hopper, 2-Bay, ACF 36 Foot 1988-01-01 146636
J 'n J 9503-2 Burlington Route CB&Q 85190 Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, PS2 2893 1988-01-01 146633
J 'n J 9702 Kansas City Southern KCS 121 Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, PS2 2893 1988-01-01 146634
J 'n J 9704 Toledo Peoria & Western TPW 17202 Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, Cylindrical 146637