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Category: Introduction To Z Scale

Trainini Magazine

Trainini Magazine

Latest Issue: January 2017 Issue Trainini Magazine is a German language, monthly Z scale magazine in PDF format and it’s free! Hard to beat that. Don’t worry if you don’t read German (but good for you if you do!) as the photos tell the real story in this publication. Holger Spaing is the man behind this […]

December 10, 2016 More
HOS | Hardened Oil Syndrome

HOS | Hardened Oil Syndrome

HOS stands for Hardened Oil Syndrome, a condition found in older Marklin Z scale locomotives where the loco does not run due to congealed, or hardened, oil in the gears. We utilize a pair of older YouTube videos in the article to illustrate, the quality of these videos isn’t quite up to new video camera […]

June 22, 2013 1 Comment More
Digitrax | Z Scale DCC Decoders

Digitrax | Z Scale DCC Decoders

Thanks to Digitrax for supplying Ztrains with the following release and images. The Digitrax DZ123Z0 is a 1 amp DCC board replacement mobile decoder. It is designed to easily replace the light board for solder free installation in an American Z Line GP-30 and GP38-2. It can also be used with the Budd RDC, which […]

September 7, 2012 5 Comments More
Digital Command Control | DCC

Digital Command Control | DCC

What Is DCC? Digital Command Control (DCC) allows multiple model trains on the same section of track to operate independently of each other. Independent locomotive speed, direction and effects such as lighting are all possible through DCC. Developed by Lenz of Germany for Marklin in the 1980s, Lenz donated the technology to the National Model […]

April 20, 2012 8 Comments More
Steam Locomotives In Z Scale

Steam Locomotives In Z Scale

The Christmas season is always a popular time in model railroading. Whether you had the classic oval of track and steam locomotive under the tree, or if that image is just a nostalgic look back on what you wished you had… model trains and Christmas really do go together. Around this time of year, I’ll […]

December 10, 2011 14 Comments More
Start Small In Z Scale

Start Small In Z Scale

Whenever I talk to a potential new user interested in Z scale, I tend to be a bit conservative. One of the real benefits of Z scale is that in a relatively small space you can have operating yards, passing sidings, double mainlines, etc., great stuff. No question Z scale can excel at this, lots […]

December 4, 2011 14 Comments More
Beginning In Z Scale 1:220

Beginning In Z Scale 1:220

The Marklin Company of Germany has been making model trains since the late 1800’s and in 1972 introduced their Z scale model trains to the world. At 1/220 (commonly written as 1:220) the size of real […]

June 10, 2011 29 Comments More

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