Summary: N scale or N gauge is a popular model railway size, allowing hobbyists to build layouts 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.
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:
- N Scale History - How the size was started, etc.
- N Scale Coupling - Coupling information for N scale railroads.
- N Scale Track Work - Working with N scale tracks
- N scale turntables - Using turntables with N scale and DCC
- see also Turntables for general turntable information
- N Gauge Plug-n-Play Decoder - Decoder PnP charts.
DCC for N scale
(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.
- Factory installed decoder
- N Gauge Plug-n-Play Decoder available
- NEM socket provided
- No Provision for DCC
Installing DCC in N scale locomotives
- NRMRC DCC installation pages - a very good source for installation methods for N scale locomotives.
Links to clubs
- The N Gauge Society
- The Modern Area Group of the N Gauge Society
- The 2 mm Scale Association
- N-Trak N scale modular group with clubs worldwide
- Bend Track N scale modular group with double-tracked in-and-out free-form modules.
- T-Trak Micro-modular N scale group. A typical module is approximately letter-paper sized.
Links to on-line groups
- N DCC Yahoo group devoted exclusively to DCC as it applies to N scale.
- Yahoo N gauge discussion group mainly interested in modeling British outline
- Yahoo UK discussion group mainly interested in modeling modern British outline