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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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Uncategorized Uncategorized 4
Autorack Autorack 629
Body Style Assortment Body Style Assortment 10
Boxar Boxar 1
Boxcar Boxcar 10895
Boxcar AAR Boxcar AAR 3
Boxcar Standard Steel Boxcar Standard Steel 18
Caboose Caboose 2276
Cleaning Car Cleaning Car 12
Coal Gondola Coal Gondola 1
Container Car Container Car 521
Covered Hopper Covered Hopper 6602
Diesel Diesel 6
Flatcar Flatcar 2725
Freight Cars Freight Cars 164
Gondola Gondola 3692
Heavyweight Heavyweight 3
Hoppers Hoppers 1
Jet Turbine Jet Turbine 2
Log Car Log Car 74
Maintenance of Way Maintenance of Way 72
Mixed Mixed 55
Mixed Consist Mixed Consist 2
Mixed Freight Mixed Freight 3
Mixed Freight Cars Mixed Freight Cars 2
MOW MOW 1
Open Hopper Open Hopper 4595
Railway Gun Railway Gun 5
Reefer Reefer 3370
Roadrailer Roadrailer 68
Rocket Launch Pad Rocket Launch Pad 1
Schnabel Car Schnabel Car 7
Slag Car Slag Car 3
Specialized Specialized 1
Specialty Specialty 1
Stock Car Stock Car 508
Tank Car Tank Car 2764
Tarpaulin Tarpaulin 5
Tender Tender 8
Test Car Test Car 9
Various Various 2