Chapter 3: The Great Expansion

1964-1969

1964—the year Trix threw their hat into the ring—marked the onset of what I refer to as the Great Expansion, as one manufacturer after another entered the N Scale market. There was a surprising amount of activity taking place in the early days of the scale, and some of the companies involved are quite obscure.

Company names link to detailed profiles with literature and more—where available, of course. The year when the company got into N Scale is approximate; this information remains somewhat fluid. The cutoff is 1969, as explained here.

B&H Products

United States

1967

scenery materials

Bachmann

United States

1968

locomotives, rolling stock, track and structures

Brawa

Germany

1964

lighting and accessories

Busch

Germany

1963

structure kits and scenery items

Eheim

Germany

1964

animated accessories

Faller

Germany

1965

structure kits, scenery materials and accessories

Fleischmann

Germany

1968

locomotives and rolling stock

Haug

Germany

1968

layout building systems and scenery materials

Heki

Germany

1968

scenery materials

Heljan

Denmark

1968

structure kits

Herpa

Germany

1966

structure kits, scenery materials and accessories

Kadee

United States

1968

couplers

Kibri

Germany

1964

structure kits and accessories

KleiWe

Germany

1965

structure kits

Lima

Italy

1966

locomotives, rolling stock, track and accessories

Mehano

Yugoslavia

1968

locomotives and rolling stock

Merten

Germany

1964

figures

Mössmer

Germany

1966

foam track roadbed

Noch

Germany

1964

scenery materials, details and accessories

Owo

Germany

1965

structure kits

Peco

Great Britain

1966

rolling stock and track

Piko

Germany

1964

locomotives and rolling stock

Pola

Germany

1968

structure kits

Preiser

Germany

1965

figures, vehicles and scenery materials

Rivarossi

Italy

1967

locomotives and rolling stock

Roco

Austria

1966

rolling stock

Roskopf

Germany

1965

horse-drawn carts and cargo trucks

Röwa

Germany

1968

locomotives and rolling stock

Sekisui

Japan

1965

locomotives, passenger cars and track

Sommerfeldt

Germany

1968

catenary

Sony

Japan

1964

passenger train set

Swift Line

United States

1963

craftsman kits

TeMos

Germany

1967

structure kits

Tomy

Japan

1963

train sets

Vollmer

Germany

1964

structure kits and catenary

Wiad

Germany

1965

structure kits and scenery materials

Wiking

Germany

1969

vehicles

Almost But Not Quite

Although they'd considered making N Scale products—and by 1968 had even developed some prototypes—Märklin elected not to be an "also-ran" and instead launched their own small train line in 1972: Z Scale (1:220).

Sidebars

The Long Road to N < The Great Expansion > The Great Migration

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