N scale

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Small part of an N scale layout with a human hand shown for size

N scale (more properly N gauge - proportions range from 1:148 to 1:160) is a popular model railway size, allowing hobbyists to build layouts that take up less space than other scales, or put longer track runs into the same amount of space, because the models are smaller (by nearly a half) than they are in HO scale (1:87). The name comes from an abbreviation for Nine millimetres, which is the distance between the inside edges of the rails.

General N Scale Topics

Here is a list of topics relating to N Scale:

DCC for N scale

U.S. Prototype commercially available model of an N scale Chesapeake and Ohio Railway 2-6-6-2 shown with a pencil for size

(Just getting this page started. Feel free to add to this section, or create new N scale DCC topics, and link them to this section. TazzyTazzy 13:37, 29 March 2006 (EST))

Due to the small scale of the trains, you may find it tricky to get decoders installed into some locomotives... There are very few "impossible" locomotives in N scale, but some can be difficult.

You will find there are at least 4 situations when it comes to DCC and locomotives in N gauge.

  1. Factory installed decoder
  2. N Gauge Plug-n-Play Decoder available
  3. NEM socket provided
  4. No Provision for DCC

Installing DCC in N scale locomotives

Links to clubs

Links to on-line groups