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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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N Scale - Brooklyn Locomotive Works - 65734-B3 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, AAR 1937 - Rock Island - 134701
N Scale - Brooklyn Locomotive Works - 65733-B1 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, AAR 1937 - Northern Pacific - 15548
N Scale - Brooklyn Locomotive Works - 65728-B1 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, AAR 1937 - SOO Line - 136124

Body Style

CodeBody StyleCollection Count
ATL-CH-2BAS Atlas Covered Hopper GATX Airslide 3
ATL-CH-4B5250 Atlas Covered Hopper 4-Bay ACF 5250 (Chinese Version) 2
ATL-CH-4B5250R Atlas Covered Hopper 4-Bay ACF 5250 (Austrian/US Version) 1
ATL-RE-50PDM Atlas Reefer 50 Foot Plug Door Mechanical 8
BLU-OH-2BUSRA Bluford Open Hopper 2-Bay USRA 3
CON-BC-40STD Con-Cor Boxcar 40 Foot Standard Steel 1
CON-GN-50ST Con-Cor Gondola 50 Foot Steel 1
CON-RE-40W Con-Cor Reefer 40 Foot Wood 1
IMR-BC-40AAR-1937SD InterMountain Boxcar 40 Foot AAR 1937 21
IMR-BC-50-AAR-1937DD InterMountain Boxcar 50 Foot AAR 1937 Double Door 4
IMR-RE-4023 Intermountain Reefer Steel 40-23 2
MTR-020 Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot PS-1 13
MTR-024 Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot Sliding Door No Roofwalk 12
MTR-031 Micro-Trains Boxcar Steel 50 Foot PS-1 4
MTR-034 Micro-Trains Boxcar 50 Foot Steel Double Door 4
MTR-056 Micro-Trains Hopper Open 2-Bay Ribbed Side 2
MTR-ASSRT-SR Micro-Trains Body Style Assortment Special Run 2