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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.

Database N Scale Model Trains has 96718 Items

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Accessories Accessories 23
Billboards Billboards 266
Boat Boat 5
Bridge Bridge 3
Bridges Bridges 182
Bridges and Piers Bridges and Piers 22
Building Building 80
Buildings Buildings 2424
Carnival, Rides Carnival, Rides 6
CNR Handcar Shed & Section House CNR Handcar Shed & Section House 1
Commercial Commercial 31
Cranes Cranes 3
Detail Parts Detail Parts 20
Details Details 14
Dual Crossing Gates Dual Crossing Gates 2
Electrical Electrical 1
Embankment Embankment 2
Fence Fence 8
gate gate 4
Hand Car Shed Hand Car Shed 1
Harbor Harbor 2
Industrial Industrial 5
Industrial Structures Industrial Structures 1
Intermodal Intermodal 3
Layout Plans Layout Plans 1
Lights Lights 1
Locomotive Locomotive 1
Logging Logging 1
Machine Machine 1
Maintenance of Way Maintenance of Way 2
Miscellaneous Miscellaneous 5
Municipal Municipal 1
Oil storage tank Oil storage tank 2
pallet pallet 1
Pavement Pavement 1
Platforms Platforms 25
Poles Poles 5
Portal Portal 10
Power Supply Power Supply 4
Pump Pump 1
Railroad Railroad 34
Railroad Car Railroad Car 5
Residential Residential 9
Roads, Streets Roads, Streets 1
Rolling Stock Rolling Stock 7
Scenery Scenery 102
Scenic Detail Scenic Detail 27
Shack Shack 5
Sign Sign 30
Signal Signal 37
Signs Signs 2
Smokestacks Smokestacks 2
Structure Structure 76
Structures Structures 375
Switch Stand Switch Stand 1
Table-Top Table-Top 46
Tanks Tanks 54
Towers Towers 26
Track Bed Track Bed 3
Trackside Trackside 2
Tunnel Tunnel 3
Various Various 8
Walls Walls 1