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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Oklahoma City Train Show pulling into State Fair ParkNewsOK.com, November 30th
The Southern Plains Division “N” Scale Regional Convention will be held in conjunction with the show. The convention will fill one end of the building. Several special events are planned before and during the show. The Thomas and Friends play area will...Read more
Amazon Prime Same Day DeliveryHardwareGeeks.com (blog), November 30th
service in my area (11208 of Brooklyn NY right next door to Ridgewood/Woodhaven and Ozone Park Queens) basically the border of Brooklyn and Queens. I found out when ordering garbage bags and some N-Scale train tracks for a model train set I have...Read more
Locomotive enthusiasts meet at Science CentralFort Wayne Journal Gazette, November 29th
That will be on display again, at some of the other area model train shows, Ryan said. A facsimile of the GE building was available for viewing in the next room with the Northeast Indiana N-Scale trains, miniatures that allow much larger scale exhibits...Read more
Train show brings railroad fans all aboardAlton Telegraph, November 29th
Jacklinn Harris, 6, of Sorento, watches as a N-Scale model train heads down the tracks at the Great Train Show Sunday at Gateway Center in Collinsville. The show included model train layouts by several clubs, as well as dealers in both model trains and ...Read more
Model trains on display Nov. 27 through Dec. 13MyCentralJersey.com, November 25th
After the show, visitors can explore N scale and G scale layouts at the Mallery Center, refresh themselves at the snack bar, and stock up on train-themed presents for the holidays at the gift shop. All proceeds from the Holiday Sound and Light Show go...Read more
Westminster Toy Train Show keeps tradition on trackCarroll County Times, November 22nd
The show featured small N-scale trains and HO trains, which are twice the size of N trains. It also included O gauge trains, which are larger than HO trains and run on three rails, and S gauge trains, which are similar in size to O gauge but run on two...Read more
In Delmar, take a train ride to nostalgiaDelmarva Daily Times, November 18th
They even painted graffiti on some of the trains to get the real look. The club isn't stuck on one style though. They have layouts for everything from tiny Z and N scale trains, to HO, S and O gauge trains. There is even one LGB car — that's a train...Read more
Model railroad fans converge on youth center for Railfest 2015Bluefield Daily Telegraph, November 8th
N scale trains are tiny even in comparison to HO trains, but the lay-out in the Bluefield Auditorium is an incredible 89-feet long, according to Hammack. “We have N scalers from southern New Jersey, our Lynchburg club, North Raleigh, N.C., and Richmond...Read more