Loading Spinner

N Scale Model Railroads & Trains

N scale is a small scale railroad at 1:160 or 1.9 mm per foot. These small model trains run on 9 mm gauge track. N scale model trains have grown in popularity due to their small size, as hobbyists can construct detailed layouts using less space. N scale is now second only to HO scale in popularity among model railroad enthusiasts.

Small trains similar in size to N scale were produced as early as 1927. The first actual N scale trains, however, were produced by the Arnold company of Nuremberg, Germany. Their Rapido line of model trains was manufactured in N scale to fit 9 mm gauge track. Other companies soon followed suit, including Con-Cor, Atlas, Rivarossi, KATO, Minitrix, Bachmann, and Kadee/MicroTrains. The Arnold company was purchased by Rivarossi in the '90s and subsequently by Hornby in 2004.

Early N scale model trains were difficult to run due to their small size and light weight. In more recent years, however, improvements have been made to the construction and propulsion systems of these models to enhance their durability and ability to run along tracks smoothly. KATO of Japan invented a low friction propulsion system that allows N scale model trains to run quietly on their tracks. Many hobbyists credit the KATO company with saving N scale model railroading with this propulsion system.


Quick Facts

  • The Lone Star company of Great Britain produced a line of push trains in the '50s that ran on 8 mm gauge track
  • The N in N scale stands for the German word "neun," or nine, which refers to the 9 mm gauge track used for N scale trains
  • The Hornby company continues to produce Arnold N scale model railroad products, including original Arnold patterns and new Arnold products for international markets

Recommended Items at Auction

See all items

Model Train N Scale Assortment
Apr 21, 10:00 AM CDT
Model Train N Scale Assortment
by Leonard Auction
Est: $300- $500
$4007 Bids
N Scale Metal Usra 2-8-2 Mikado, Engine/ Tender
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
N Scale Metal Usra 2-8-2 Mikado, Engine/ Tender
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
N Scale Freight Cars
Apr 30, 5:00 PM EDT
N Scale Freight Cars
by Railroad Super Galaxy
Est: $35- $75
$150 Bids
Wood N Scale Box Car Plus
Apr 30, 5:00 PM EDT
Wood N Scale Box Car Plus
by Railroad Super Galaxy
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
(9) N Gauge Bicentennial Train Cars
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
(9) N Gauge Bicentennial Train Cars
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell N Scale Model Railroads & Trains


Railroad Super Galaxy

Railroad Super Galaxy

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

Leonard Auction

Leonard Auction