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This Article is part of the “Choose the Right Scale for Me” series, and is not only intended to entice you consider N-Scale as your preferred model Railroad Scale, but to also provide more substantial and content-specific topics.

I love trains, no matter what the size/scale/gauge/era, and have a personal collection ranging from Z to G scale, and have compiled this article simply because so many people ask me about N-Scale as an alternative.




Some compelling reasons to go with N-Scale:

  • Second only to HO/OO, N-Scale is the most popular scale in the world and offers a very wide and ever expanding range of locomotives, rolling stock, buildings, scenery detail and track
  • N-Scale is reasonably priced and is readily available in most countries
  • N scale is a very popular Scale, with locomotives, roads, trees, figures, automobiles, and buildings all being modeled in a scale of 1:148 or 1:160, depending upon the manufacturer (or country)
  • N scale models use standard gauge tracks wherein the rails are 9mm (0.354 in) apart
  • N Scale allows you to model a much larger (essentially twice as much as HO) geographical area
  • N Scale is suited where layout space is very limited
  • There are many brands that you can choose from and you do not need to stick to only one brand
  • N scale may be a bit small, and this in itself might be a challenging scale to work on especially for beginners.
  • N-Scale is widely available, but hobby shops are not always present in all areas- if you can’t find many hobby shops that sell N-Scale products online, and there are many online stores that offer good to reasonable prices for N scale model trains and accessories.
  • N Scale allows you to experiment on DIY scenery, allowing you to start with simple things like trees, grasslands, lakes, etc. The raw materials can save you lots of money and will bring out your creative side.

A word about “Scale” and “Gauge”

Many modelers are confused between ‘Scale’ and ‘Gauge’. Oftentimes, these terms interchangeably, when actually, these words mean two different things.

Scale is defined as the proportion of the model (e.g. locomotive) in relation to a real train.

Gauge is defined as the distance between rails.

In Conclusion:

  • If you want to create the best model railway layout (in any scale), you need to enjoy what you are doing! There really is no sense in doing something that you don’t love or when you’re not having fun.
  • It not only possible to create a functional and realistic layout, using N Scale, but very rewarding.
  • Even if you’re not that experienced (yet), you can and will develop new skills as time passes by
  • As a beginner, you should explore the many ways, techniques, and materials that you can use for your layout- another reason to start with a smaller layout.
  • If you see mistakes, you need to correct them as soon as possible – without panicking!
  • N scale layouts are not that hard to create, but rather start out with a small or manageable model railway layout and keep it simple.
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