Fantastic N Gauge Trains
At first upon entering the fascinating world of model railroading you’ll hear the terms N gauge trains (or N scale) and HO scale trains running through model train enthusiast’s conversations like it is part of everyday language is kind of intimidating.
Luckily, these are the most popular but you do have many choices so you can find the model train gauge that is right for you.
The different manufacturers and brands of electric train sets come with equipment that fit on any track gauge. In fact, train makers make trains in all scales and tracks in all the gauges such as N, HO, G, and O gauge.
When the model train hobbyists are talking about the scale of the train, they are talking about the size. Scale and gauge is exactly that, a scaled down replica of the life-size or the prototype train. It is the ratio and the different letters assigned to the scales reflect the natural differences in ratio.
N gauge trains are on the smaller side in comparison to other gauge models. In fact, it is the smallest of the four most popular gauges. The ratio is 1:160. In other words a N gauge train is one sixtieth the size of a real train.
N scale model trains are a little over half the size of HO scale trains. HO scale is 1/87. This N scale is the electric train sets preferred by individuals who don’t have a lot of room for their layouts or those who love expansive scenery.
Electric Train Sets
While N gauge is intended to take up less space in model layouts they also have more detail then some smaller sizes. N scale electric train sets like this one are the perfect way to start out in this fascinating hobby. A hobby that will give a lifetime of enjoyment.
Another advantage of using N scale trains is that the smaller the rail car and tracks, the larger and more beautiful the scenery will appear around them.
Unlike O gauge and HO gauge which have been around for a full century, the N gauge trains only came into prominence in the 1960s. The name N scale or gauge stands for nine millimeter because it has a gauge of 9 mm between the rails.
Gauge refers to the size of the track on which the model trains operate. It is a measure of the distance between the rails of the train tracks. Code on the other hand refers to the height of the rail.
N Scale Train Layouts
Entire N scale train layouts even come with all the items you need ready to assemble like this one pictured.
It is entirely up to the model railroader to use whatever train size (called scale and gauge) that is best for them.
No matter what the size of the train is, the thrill is all the same.
You might be thinking that building model N scale trains and scenery is way out of your league. But, as your love of trains grows so will your understanding of the terms used within the model train world and all of its elements.
When folks are out to set up their vision of the perfect landscape with the perfect train running through it, they have to consider size. Model trains, electric train sets and train tracks are made by many different people and used for many different things.
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