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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
KAT-BOX-STORAGE Kato Car Storage Case 7
KAT-BOXSET-JAP Kato Box Set Japanese Prototype 81
KAT-BULLET Kato Japanese Bullet Train (Shinkansen) 33
KAT-CAB-XFER Kato Caboose Transfer 1
KAT-CH2B70T Kato Covered Hopper 2-Bay 70 Ton 1
KAT-CON-12FT Kato Container Intermodal 12 Foot Corrugated 1
KAT-EL-EF510 Kato Electric Engine EF510 6
KAT-EL-EF64 Kato Electric Engine EF64 1
KAT-ELRENFE269 Kato Electric Engine Renfe 269 1
KAT-FIGURES Kato Figure Sets 43
KAT-PA-JAP Kato Passenger Car Japanese Prototype 6
KAT-PABUSLC Kato Passenger Car Budd Slumbercoach 1
KAT-PARTS Kato Parts 1
KAT-ST-C62 Kato Steam Engine C62 1
KAT-STBR86 Kato Steam Engine BR86 1
KAT-STRUCT Kato Structures 81
KAT-STRUCT-PLATFORM Kato Structure Railroad Platform 35
KAT-TC-TAKI3K Kato Tank Car Single Dome Taki 3000 2
KAT-TC-TAKI43K Kato Tank Car Taki 43000 2
KAT-TRACK Kato Track Unitrack 187
KAT-TRACK-TRAM Kato Track Unitram 3
KAT-TRAM Kato Light Rail Tram 10
KAT-VEH-IND Kato Vehicles Industrial 3
KAT-VEH-PAS Kato Vehicles Passenger 4
KAT-VEH-TTCON Kato Vehicles Tractor-Trailer with Container 5