N scale is a
very popular model railway scale/track
gauge offered by Esther's Hobby. The gauge
or distance between the rails is 9 mm. An
advantage of N scale is that it allows
hobbyists to build layouts that take up
less space than HO scale because the
models are smaller (by nearly a half) than
they are in HO scale.
Although model trains and
accessories of similar gauge and/or scale
existed as early as 1927, modern
commercially produced N scale models only
appeared in 1962. Unlike other scales and
gauges, which were de facto standards at
best, within two years N scale
manufacturers defined the gauge, voltage,
as well as the height and type of
couplers. N scale has a large
worldwide following. N scale's popularity
is second only to HO scale's. Not all
modelers select N because they have small
spaces, some use N scale in order to build
more complex or more visually expansive
The March/April 2017 issue of N-Scale Magazine will be shipping from our printers on Friday, January 26th
Like its cousin, the Gunderson MAXI-IV, the MAXI-I is a multi-unit well car designed to carry two stacked intermodal shipping containers. While its base well is 40', it can accept larger containers such as 45', 48' and even 53' in the top position, making the car a versatile addition to a railroad's intermodal services. The MAXI-I is a five-unit well car, unlike its 53' cousin, giving each car a greater capacity even though the individual wells are a smaller size. Model Features:
Provides stable operation with or without container loads due to Kato’s new innovative heavier material steel compound plastic used for the construction of the well cars.
Each container has a magnet and a metal plate to hold it securely to the well car bottom or to the top of the lower Kato container.
Like the MAXI-IV, the MAXI-I uses a Compound Steel Plastic Well to ensure that the cars are stable and smooth running, even when operating empty.
Details such as the circular cut-outs on the interior of the wells have been fully replicated to make the cars as prototypically accurate as possible.
Each MAXI-I 5-unit set comes with a full series of removable 40' magnetic intermodal containers, uniquely designed for these cars but fully compatible with all previous container and intermodal releases.
Upcoming release artwork; click for higher resolution images
TTX with 40' Maersk containers.
BNSF "Swoosh" with 40' MOL containers. Shipping April 2013