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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.

Collection N Scale Model Trains has 65994 Items

Top Contributors (30 day)

gdm 284
scottakoltz 190
CMK 83
Alain LM 23
Jenna 15

Recent Additions

N Scale - Athearn - 16311 - Covered Hopper, 2-Bay, PS2 - Missouri-Kansas-Texas - 1307
N Scale - Athearn - 16312 - Covered Hopper, 2-Bay, PS2 - Missouri-Kansas-Texas - 1314
N Scale - Athearn - 16313 - Covered Hopper, 2-Bay, PS2 - Missouri-Kansas-Texas - 1337

Body Style

Body StyleCollection Count
All Items 3306
Athearn Autorack Articulated Auto-Max 57
Athearn Autorack Open Side Bi-Level F89-F 36
Athearn Autorack Open Side Tri-Level F89-F 18
Athearn Boxcar 50 Foot NACC 105
Athearn Boxcar 50 Foot SIECO 113
Athearn Boxcar 60 Foot Auto Parts 84
Athearn Caboose Bay Window 122
Athearn Covered Hopper 2-Bay ACF 2970 42
Athearn Covered Hopper 2-Bay Airslide GATC 2600 53
Athearn Covered Hopper 2-Bay PS-2 2600 59
Athearn Covered Hopper 3-Bay PS-2 2893 175
Athearn Diesel Engine F45/FP45 198
Athearn Diesel Engine F59PHi 113
Athearn Diesel Engine SD-70 (I and M) 69
Athearn Diesel Engine SD-75 (I and M) 18
Athearn Flatcar 53 Foot GSC 145
Athearn Flatcar 53 Foot Bulkhead 59
Athearn Flatcar 89 Foot TOFC 12
Athearn Gondola 65 Foot Mill 111
Athearn Gondola Bethgon Coalporter 215
Athearn Loads 8
Athearn Open Hopper Wood Chip 32
Athearn Passenger Car Bombardier Tri-Level Cab 6
Athearn Passenger Car Bombardier Tri-Level Coach 108
Athearn Reefer 40 Foot Milk 106
Athearn Reefer 50 Foot Ice 128
Athearn Reefer 57 Foot Mechanical FGE 94
Athearn Steam Engine 4-6-6-4 Challenger 23
Athearn Steam Engine 4-8-8-4 Big Boy 20
Athearn Tank Car 20K Acid 18
Athearn Tank Car 30K Ethanol 287
Athearn Tank Car 33.9K LPG 62
Athearn Tank Car Tank Train 21
Athearn Tank Car 20.9K General Service 35
Athearn Vehicle Trailer 28 Foot Pup with Dolly 29
Athearn Vehicle Trailer 40 Foot Drop Sill 12
Athearn Vehicle Trailer 40 Exterior Post 18
Athearn Vehicle Trailer 40 Foot Fruehauf Z-Van 5
Athearn Vehicle Truck Ford C Series 185
Athearn Vehicle Tractor John Deere 6
Athearn Vehicle Truck Tractor Cab Mack R 10
Athearn Vehicle Truck Mack B 34
Athearn Vehicle Bus Flxible Transit 39
MDC Boxcar 36 Foot Wood Truss Rod 53
MDC Boxcar 50 Foot BFF Pickens Door 23
MDC Boxcar 50 Foot BFF Youngstown Door 64
MDC Boxcar 50 Foot FMC Combo Door 50
MDC Boxcar 50 Foot FMC Double Door (Centered) 29
MDC Boxcar 50 Foot FMC Offset Double Door 91
MDC Boxcar 50 Foot FMC Plug Door 75
MDC Boxcar 50 Foot FMC Single Door 84
MDC Boxcar 50 Foot Hi-Cube Plug Door 21
MDC Boxcar 50 Foot PS Plug Door 40
MDC Boxcar 50 Foot PS Single Door 39
MDC Caboose Cupola Offset 72
MDC Container Car Gunderson Husky-Stack 25
MDC Gondola 50 Foot Thrall Hi-Side 116
MDC Gondola 50/52 Foot Thrall/Mill 116
MDC Open Hopper 3-Bay Offset Side 62
MDC Open Hopper 3-Bay Rib Side 146
MDC Passenger Car 34 Foot Overton Coach 12
MDC Passenger Car 34 Foot Overton Assortment 11
MDC Reefer 36 Foot Wood Truss Rod 67
MDC Reefer 50 Foot Express 24
MDC Reefer 57 Foot Mechanical 137
MDC Stock Car 36 Foot Truss Rod 42
MDC Steam Engine 2-6-0 Mogul 20
MDC Steam Engine 2-8-0 Consolidation 24
MDC Tank Car Single Dome 50 Foot 2