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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 65879 Items

Top Contributors (30 day)

gdm 247
scottakoltz 163
CMK 103
Alain LM 22
Jenna 15

Recent Additions

N Scale - Trainworx - 2418-60 - Hopper, 4-Bay, 100 Ton - Alaska Railroad - 16250
N Scale - Trainworx - 2418-59 - Hopper, 4-Bay, 100 Ton - Alaska Railroad - 16249
N Scale - Trainworx - 2418-58 - Hopper, 4-Bay, 100 Ton - Alaska Railroad - 16244

Body Style

Body StyleCollection Count
All Items 1853
Trainworx Box Car 86 Foot Auto Parts 8-Door 74
Trainworx Box Car 86 Foot Auto Parts 4-Door 135
Trainworx Covered Hopper NACC PD 3000 114
Trainworx Covered Hopper 3-Bay PS-2CD 4427 91
Trainworx Container Intermodal 20 Foot Stac-Pac 51
Trainworx Flatcar 85 Foot PS 105
Trainworx Flatcar COFC Flexi-Van 21
Trainworx Gondola 46 Foot Drop Bottom 305
Trainworx Gondola 52 Foot Thrall 269
Trainworx Open Hopper 4-Bay 100 Ton 219
Trainworx Vehicle Semi Tractor Cab 35
Trainworx Vehicle Semi Tractor Trailer 16
Trainworx Vehicle Trailer 28 Foot Pup 21
Trainworx Vehicle Trailer 40 Foot Corrugated 160
Trainworx Vehicle Trailer 40 Foot Drop-Frame 155
Trainworx Vehicle Trailer 40 Foot Exterior Post 48
Trainworx Vehicle Trailer 40 Foot Flat Bed 30
Trainworx Vehicle Trailer 40 Foot Flexi-Van 30
Trainworx Vehicle Trailer 53 Foot 42