N Club Finland
N-scale in Finland
N Club Finland is an N-scale enthusiast community founded in 2007.
We aim to promote N-scale model railways in Finland and help N scale
to to become a viable alternative for those considering model
railway hobby. While N-scale is gloabally one of the most popular
scales, it is fairly unknown in Finland where H0 scale dominates the
model railway scene. This is unfortunate as N-scale could be the key
to bring new people in the model railway hobby in this country.
After all, N-scale tracks and rolling stock are ideal for smaller
apartments and everywhere where the space is limited. It is quite
possible to build an N track inside a coffee table, for instance.
N-scale is also a relatively inexpensive model railway scale where
there is plenty of choice.
Why N Club Finland?
The idea to start a new club, dedicated to N-scale, was born in
the online discussion forums of the
Museum in August 2007. The museulm organizes an annual model
railway weekend every year in May. In the forum there was a
discussion about selecting a common module standard for forum
readers with a goal to assemble a larger module based model railway
in the 2008 event. It turned out that a considerable number of forum
readers were interested in building N-scale modules. Unfortunately,
the final choice was a module system for H0 scale.
As about half of those interested in modules in general were
supporting N-scale, it became obvious that N-scale modules were also
needed. A small group of N-scale supporters decided to make the
N-scale module track happen and started a process to plan N-modules
and their production. An unexpectedly high interest in N scale in
the forums and outside the forums helped in reaching this decision.
Several existing module standards were studied closely and the group
decided on picking the standard developed originally by the German
International. This standard is technically and from the point
of view of prodcuing module kits, very suitable and it is also in
use by several clubs in Germany and Spain.
Quite often when discussing with
people who are potentially interested in the model railway hobby, it
has become obvious that there is a lots of interest. But one of the
factors that often puts people off is the space requirements and
this is understandable as in Finland model railways mean almost
exclusivley H0-scale which usually requires more space than many can
afford to dedicate for this hobby in their homes. The solution is so
very obvious: N-scale requires about one quarter of the space H0
takes. Until now, the H0 enthusiasts have been dominating the scene
in Finland and representing the hobby to the general public.
Understandably those involved in H0 are not very keen to present
alternative and often more suitable scale offerings. In future N Club Finland
will make sure that N-scale won't be invisible in Finland anymore
and that the general public becomes aware that the model railway
hobby does not necessarily require huge amounts of space.
Becoming a Member
Joining N Club Finland is easy. Everyone with a positive and
constructive attitude towards N-scale is welcome to join in. You
don't need to own N-scale rolling stock or have any previous
knowledge of N-scale. Our more advanced N-scalers will be happy
to help you get started and answer your questions. Once you are
ready to take the first step, we will make sure that you get all
the information you need in order to make your N-scale
experience a success story. If you want to join NCF, fill in our
membership application form online.