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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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Body Style

CodeBody StyleCollection Count
ATL-BC-50DD Atlas Boxcar 50 Foot Freight Double Door 5
ATL-CAB-CUPNE5 Atlas Caboose Cupola NE-5 2
ATL-CH-2BAS Atlas Covered Hopper GATX Airslide 5
DVM-CH-3B-CYL Delaware Valley Covered Hopper 3-Bay Cylindrical 2
DVM-CH-50AS Delaware Valley Covered Hopper 50 Foot Airslide 2
ESM-BC-40XIH Eastern Seaboard Models Boxcar 40 XIH 19
ESM-BC-50X58 Eastern Seaboard Models Boxcar 50 Foot PRR X58 26
ESM-BC-50X65 Eastern Seaboard Models Boxcar X65 7
ESM-CH-AIRSLIDE Eastern Seaboard Models Covered Hopper 50 Foot Airslide 2
ESM-CN-WELL60 Eastern Seaboard Models GSC 60 Ton Well Car 15
ESM-GON-65MILL Eastern Seaboard Models Gondola 65 Foot Mill 8
MOD-OH-4BOS Mehano Open Hopper 4-Bay Offset Side 3
MTR-031 Micro-Trains Boxcar Steel 50 Foot PS-1 2
MTR-034 Micro-Trains Boxcar 50 Foot Steel Double Door 2
MTR-049 Micro-Trains Reefer Wood 40 Foot Vertical Brake 4
PRE-OH-5BORT Precision Masters Open Hopper 5-Bay Ortner 1
RIV-TC-40CHEM Rivarossi Tank Car 40 Foot Chemical 6
ROC-CH-4BCF Roco Covered Hopper 4-Bay Centerflow 12
SAN-BC-50EVANSHC Sanda Kan Boxcar 50 Foot Evans Hi-Cube 1