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Z Scale Mini-Module Layouts

Z Scale Mini-Module Layouts

Is Z scale moving more towards the big, permanent layout model, the Z-Bend Track modular route or the smaller desktop layout approach? Maybe it’s just my own need to categorize things and Z scale is actually growing on all fronts. I don’t know how popular it would be but I’ve again been thinking about a […]

May 3, 2013 0 Comments More
Goodbye Milwaukee

Goodbye Milwaukee

I hated doing it, but the Milwaukee Road layout had to go. I never like giving up on a piece as I did earlier today and the short version is there was an issue with the track itself. On most layouts, these smaller desktop layouts included, I always add just a touch of superelevation, or […]

April 24, 2013 0 Comments More
A Rock Outcrop Made With Water Putty

A Rock Outcrop Made With Water Putty

I came across some photos recently on TrainBoard in the HO section and enjoyed these images so much I contacted the model builder, Michael Cawdrey of Brisbane, Australia, and asked if he’d write an article for us here at Ztrains. I was really taken with Michael’s groundwork but what I didn’t know at the time […]

March 19, 2013 0 Comments More
100 Z Scale Articles

100 Z Scale Articles

As I responded to an online comment today here at Ztrains.com, I noticed our recent Marklin article was actually our 100th article since we went live with this Ztrains.com redesign in 2011. This means we’re averaging an article per week, and while I don’t think we’ll be challenging Stephen King anytime soon for the most […]

March 11, 2013 0 Comments More
Where Is Marklin In 2013?

Where Is Marklin In 2013?

When many of us in this hobby think about small trains, Marklin and Z scale really are synonymous. In the past couple of years though, there were financial issues with Marklin including a 2009 insolvency filing in Göppingen, Germany. Companies (and countries) around the world had major financial issues after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, […]

March 9, 2013 0 Comments More
The WLE Track Plan

The WLE Track Plan

This material is a supplement to the Westphalian-Eisenbahn GmbH (WLE) article and track plan in the January | February 2013 issue of Ztrack Magazine. Recently I was talking with Rob Kluz of Ztrack Magazine about a railroad webcam in Germany featuring a crossing on the Westphalian-Eisenbahn GmbH (WLE) in Lippstadt, Germany. Rob decided to write […]

March 8, 2013 0 Comments More
Diesel Service Kit From Micron Art

Diesel Service Kit From Micron Art

There are of lots of reasons I like Z scale of course: the quality of the trains, the 1:220 size itself and not to be overlooked are the Z scale manufacturers and their constant desire to push the details. Here’s a great example of a manufacturer really putting their backs in to an upcoming release, […]

February 27, 2013 0 Comments More
It’s Not Supposed To Be Easy

It’s Not Supposed To Be Easy

An overstatement for sure, but is model railroading in any scale supposed to be dead easy? It’s not that I want model railroading to be unnecessarily difficult or complex for the sake of it but there’s an old saying that goes, you get out of something what you put into it. I realize if we’re […]

February 23, 2013 0 Comments More
Evolving Ztrains.com

Evolving Ztrains.com

It’s been a busy start to 2013 here at Ztrains.com, working on our own projects and websites as well as work for both Ztrack Magazine’s and American Z Line’s websites. It’s good to be busy but more important for Z scale; it’s good to see so much activity from these companies. All this activity means […]

February 16, 2013 0 Comments More
2013 Z Scale Resolutions

2013 Z Scale Resolutions

With the New Year recently begun, many of us are now making good attempts at keeping our resolutions intact, always a tough thing to do a few weeks beyond the January 1 mark. I tried a new approach to my New Year resolutions for 2013 though; I began about 6 weeks early, in November 2012, […]

January 9, 2013 0 Comments More
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