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N- Scale Trains



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 models.





The N Scale SD70MAC – Alaska Railroad and BNSF
Produced for the 1st time in 15+ years!








Showcasing the N Milwaukee Olympian Hiawatha


The March/April 2017 issue of N-Scale Magazine will be shipping from our printers on Friday, January 26th














Esther's in house Specials


In Stock Now, 2 bay hoppers





Bowser N Scale PRR and B&O GLa 2-Bay coal hoppers with load.  Just arrived and in stock with multiple road numbers.





Kato N- scale coal porters - half price & select atlas locomotives half price

Call for Details

Select Cornerstone N kits (Walthers) half price




Bowser Trains

N-ScaleRolling Stock Special Sale!!

All with Rapido Couplers!!


Model Power Kits and Build-ups For N Scale @ 1/2 Price!!



N Scale North American Freight Cars

HomeN Scale Freight Cars

Gunderson MAXI-I Well Cars




Prototype Information:
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.
  • Each 5-well MAXI-I set includes ten removable 40-foot containers, all of which are interchangeable with our other container sets or MAXI-IV Well Cars.
  • Our packaging is designed for the separated storage of the articulated unit, providing ease and security when not in use.
  • The MAXI-I has resiliant plastic connectors between the wells that allow for easy connecting and disengaging for both operation and storage.

Detail Photos; click for higher resolution images
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
AOK with 40' Hanjin containers.
Shipping May 2013



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Pittsburgh, PA 15209

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