N Scale Locomotive Encyclopedia (North American Prototypes)


This is an encylopedia of N scale locomotive models (restricted to North American locomotives, or models factory-painted in North American livery schemes). Listed are all of the N scale locomotives that I have owned at one time or another (or locomotives that I've verified to exist but haven't acquired yet). Narrow gauge locomotives are not included, nor are locomotive shells (sorry).

Research (especially on the older locomotives) has been extensive. This has involved tracking down the very few N scale collector's guides that have been published over the years, purchasing and skimming every single issue of Model Railroader from the early 60's on, obsessively monitoring eBay auctions, scouring the internet in general, and (possibly most importantly) corresponding with many of the people actually involved in the creation of these models. Like all human endeavors, there are bound to be some mistakes in these listings, but hopefully I've kept them to a minimum.

Note that the reviews contained herein are simply one man's opinion. And as such, my concerns, priorities and experiences aren't neccessarily going to coincide with yours 100%. So, grain of salt and all that. Also note that these listings describe the performance of "properly maintained" locomotives - IE, clean wheels and contacts, lubricated gears, correct wheel gauging, etc.


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