For would-be Gullivers, N scale model trains from Athearn, Atlas, Bachmann, Kato, and others are a terrific way to go. Just as HO scale model trains are half the size of O scale trains, N scale model trains are half the size of HO, measuring between 1/148 and 1/160 the size of their real-life counterparts (the exact proportion depends on the country you live in or the manufacturer who made the model train). One thing is standard, though, and that is the gauge of the track, which is always 9mm wide.
N scale trains are most popular in Japan, no doubt owing to the premium put on real estate in that island nation. Most Japanese N scale trains are 1/150 the size of the real trains running on the real 3-foot, 6-inch narrow-gauge train tracks there. Models of Shinkansen (bullet trains), however, are 1/160 scale.
In England, a ratio of 1:148 is typical, although some N scale trains are 1:152. These latter models are understandably confused with the vintage Lone Star OOO scale trains that had the same scale.
Space alone is not the reason to choose N scale over HO scale. Many collectors have plenty of room to house their passions, so collecting at N scale simply allows those lucky folks to amass twice as many examples in N scale as they could in HO.
Unlike O scale, standard scale, and HO scale, some of which have been around for a full century, N scale only came into prominence in the 1960s. While the relative youth of the collectible limits the vintage value of N scale trains, it does mean that N scale collectors can generally mix and match components—standards were agreed upon early by manufacturers, making the interchangeability of many parts viable. Just having standard gauge tracks is an enormous help.
The downside of this rush to standardization was that one manufacturer, Arnold, was given the right to produce the N scale’s standard coupling, the Rapido. Not surprisingly, competitors were loathe to steer their customers to Arnold’s coupler, so they developed couplers of their own, even though Arnold owned the patent.
As it turned out, the Rapido did not work very well for automatic uncoupling and it was a bit bulky relative to the N scale’s diminutive size. Today, most serious N scale collectors prefer the magnetic knuckle couplers produced by Micro Trains.
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Optimizing Supply Chains for Online VideoStreamingMedia.com, December 9th
Model train buffs might think of it this way: You can't put an N-scale model train on an HO-scale track, no matter how hard you try. For the rest of us, consider thinking of streaming less as broadcast and much more as transportation of goods. Just...Read more
Sample some wine paired with chocolateOrlando Sentinel, December 9th
Highlights this year will include the club's remodeled N-scale layout with ships docking and departing from the seaport and fishing village, two Z-scale train layouts, a Lionel train layout and a massive G-scale layout. Admission is a donation of a...Read more
Fire companies open train gardens to visitorsCarroll County Times, December 7th
Jonathan Rivera's 1-year-old son especially loves trains, so he took his three children to view the train garden at the Pleasant Valley fire company. Rivera ..... The train garden has five trains running on an HO scale layout and two trains on an N...Read more
Places to GoHighlands Today, December 5th
The club has recently added an N-scale layout as part of the one-of-a-kind "Airtrain" designed and built by the Archer family. It floats on forced air instead of running on metal rails. Membership is open to all train buffs. You do not need to know...Read more
Train fest entertains, educatesFort Wayne Journal Gazette, December 1st
Dan Metzger of the Northeast Indiana N-Scale train group said there's camaraderie among train collectors who attend festivals, and at each festival, the group gets a little bit bigger. “You think it's mostly geared to kids, but when people bring their...Read more
Annual Bedford train layout opens Black FridayWSLS, November 29th
It's interactive with Thomas the Tank Engine and buttons to push that run the trains. New this year a smaller N-scale layout. "We have certain families that come in every year and they will know every person that's on the layout, every detail, they...Read more
Ambridge model railroad club ready to debut new lookTribune-Review, November 27th
A downtown Pittsburgh section was added to the main HO-scale railroad on the first floor, and a new N-scale model railway is being constructed in the basement. Kocher said although it'll be open to the public, the N-scale railway's scenery will not be...Read more
Duvall's Centennial Railroad ShowWoodinville Northwest News, November 11th
Inside was a very impressive N scale train layout measuring 35' x 15'. VV Train Centennial 2705 Photo by Diane Baker. Allen Miller presented a slide show and lecture.This was brought to Duvall by the members of the Northwest Model Hobby Railroad Club, ...Read more