N Scale

The layout has undergone major changes over the last two years. Back then, the mountain near the wall was completely different, with a small loop of track. Complete leveling of the surface occurred along with other scenery changes, including two rivers now!

The term N gauge refers to the track dimensions, but in the United Kingdom in particular British N gauge refers to a 1∶148 scale of 1∶160. N Scale tracks widths are always 9mm from each other in distance, but the height can differ.

The primary advantage of N scale is that it allows hobbyists to build layouts that take up less space than HO scale, or put longer track runs into the same amount of space, because the models are smaller.

There’s always something new to see on our train sets, and exploring the space is always an adventure. Even our staff continually find new things throughout the sets that they previous hadn’t seen since the curation improvements and changes had taken place.

We also feature a variety of buttons and levers that trigger actions throughout the showroom. This can be especially fun for children as they discover what each button does.

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Although trains and accessories of similar gauge or scale existed as early as 1927, modern commercially produced N-scale models were first launched by the Arnold company of Nuremberg in 1962. Unlike other scales and gauges, which were de facto standards at best, within two years N-scale manufacturers defined the gauge and voltage, as well as the height and type of couplers. For example, Arnold developed the now ubiquitous “Rapido” coupler to provide a simple and robust releasable coupler design.

The terms N scale and N gauge are often inaccurately used interchangeably, as scale is defined as ratio or proportion of the model, and gauge only as a distance between rails. The scale 1∶148 defines the rail-to-rail gauge equal to 9 mm exactly (at the cost of scale exactness), so when calculating the rail or track use 1∶160 and for engines and car wheel base use 1∶148.

N scale has a large worldwide following. Models are made of very many standard gauge prototypes from every continent. N scale’s popularity is second only to that of HO. In Japan, where space in homes is more limited, N scale is the most popular scale, and HO scale is considered large. Not all modellers select N because they have small spaces; some use N scale to build more complex or more visually expansive models.

N scale in Australia has become more popular over the years. Modellers use mainly US, British, and European prototypes because for a long time, the Australian market had no N-scale models of local prototype. The creation of local prototypes is now a flourishing “cottage” industry, making Australia N-scale modelling more popular each year.