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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 61658 Items

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N Scale - InterMountain - 68003-12 - Gondola, Woodchip - Milwaukee Road - 22682
N Scale - InterMountain - 68003-11 - Gondola, Woodchip - Milwaukee Road - 22682
N Scale - InterMountain - 68003-10 - Gondola, Woodchip - Milwaukee Road - 22682

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Body StyleCollection Count
All Items 3918
ENC-GON-COAL 17
IMR-ASSRT 1
IMR-BC-40-10FOOT 48
IMR-BC-40-12P 175
IMR-BC-40-AARMOD 322
IMR-BC-40-EMERG 36
IMR-BC-40AAR-1937SD 256
IMR-BC-50-AAR-1937DD 136
IMR-BC-50-AAR-SD 55
IMR-BC-50PS5277 117
IMR-CH-2BACF 256
IMR-CH-2BTRIN 159
IMR-CH-3B-4650ACF 572
IMR-CH-3B-5161 310
IMR-CH-3B4750 793
IMR-CH-4BCYL 740
IMR-DE-ET44C4 96
IMR-DE-F3 149
IMR-DE-F7 83
IMR-DE-F9 84
IMR-DE-FT 60
IMR-DE-SD40-2 672
IMR-DE-SD40-2W 80
IMR-DE-SD40T-2 329
IMR-DE-SD45-2 162
IMR-DE-SD45T-2 89
IMR-FC-53AAR70T 85
IMR-FC-60WD 114
IMR-FC-BULKHEAD 24
IMR-GON-40-COM 139
IMR-GON-BATHTUB 134
IMR-MOW-SET 15
IMR-RE-4023 200
IMR-RE-MILKGPEX 18
IMR-RE-R7020 186
IMR-RE-SF 206
IMR-RE-WOOD 135
IMR-ST-CABFW 40
IMR-STK 108
IMR-TC-8KACF27 137
IMR-TRAINSET 4