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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 59320 Items

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Body Style

CodeBody StyleCollection Count
BLU-BC-86AP4D Bluford Box Car 86 Foot Auto Parts Double Door 112
BLU-BC-86AP8D Bluford Box Car 86 Foot Auto Parts 8-Door 42
BLU-CAB-XFER Bluford Caboose Transfer 146
BLU-CABBW Bluford Shops Bay Window Caboose 53
BLU-CABCUPEND Bluford Caboose Cupola End 4
BLU-CABCUPNE6 Bluford Caboose Cupola NE-6 4
BLU-OH-2B-8PANEL Bluford Open Hopper 2-Bay Ribside 8-Panel 43
BLU-OH-2B-OFFSET Bluford Open Hopper 2-Bay Offset Side 47
BLU-OH-2BCWAR Bluford Open Hopper 2-Bay Composite War Emergency 29
BLU-OH-2BPANEL Bluford Open Hopper 2-Bay Panel Side 43
BLU-OH-2BUSRA Bluford Open Hopper 2-Bay USRA 118
BLU-OH-2BWAR Bluford Open Hopper 2-Bay Rebuilt War Emergency 20
BLU-OH-3B14P Bluford Open Hopper 3-Bay 70 Ton 14-Panel 116
BLU-OH-3BOS Bluford Open Hopper 3-Bay 70 Ton Offset Side 94
BLU-OH-3BWC Bluford Open Hopper 3-Bay Woodchip 6
NSE-MIX NSE Body Style Assortment 2