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N Scale Model Trains Database

Lowell Smith





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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.

Database N Scale Model Trains has 88232 Items

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Recent Additions

N Scale - Lowell Smith - MTL-D23-19 - Flatcar, 68 Foot, DODX Heavy-Duty - Santa Fe & Disneyland - 1954
N Scale - Lowell Smith - MTL-D23-17 - Flatcar, 50 Foot - Santa Fe & Disneyland - 1969
N Scale - Lowell Smith - OCS NS Power Set 2 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD F7 - Norfolk Southern - 4270, 4276

Body Style

Body StyleDatabase Count
All Items 6
Athearn Vehicle Trailer 28 Foot Pup with Dolly 1
Broadway Limited Diesel Engine F7 (A & B Units) 2
Micro-Trains Flatcar 50 Foot Fishbelly Side 2
Micro Trains Flatcar 68 Foot Straight Side 1