N Scale
There are several popular model railway scales. Scale means
simply the ratio between the model and its' prototype. In Finland
the most popular model railway scale is H0 (Half zero) with the
scale ratio of 1:87. This means that one centimetre in scale model
corresponds to 87 centimetres in the full size prototype. Gauge of
regular track in H0 scale is 16.5 mm. N scale's scale ratio is 1:160
and standard gauge 9 mm. In addition to the standard gauge, there
are two narrow gauges in N scale. A metric gauge prototype is
modelled in N scale in 6,5 mm gauge and a narrow gauge in N is 4,5
mm.
N scale locomotive next to a coin.
N scale is ideal thanks to its' very reasonable
space requirements. An interesting N scale layout can be built in an
extremely small space and therefore it is easy to find a place for
an N track in almost any apartment. This is rarely the case with H0
scale which requires about four times as much space as a similar N
scale layout.
