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Two Desktop Layouts In Z Scale

Two Desktop Layouts In Z Scale

As I work on the MTL Waterfront Project track, I thought I’d also like to also get to work on a pair of desktop layouts for the upcoming holidays. I’ve previously built about a dozen of these pieces for customers, and this time out I decided to build a pair at the same time I’m […]

September 15, 2012 0 Comments 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 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | Benchwork

Waterfront Project | Benchwork

We received our benchwork for the Waterfront Project this past week from Ondrew Hartigan at modelrailroadbenchwork.com and could not be happier with their work. I’d like to talk about benchwork, bases and Z scale stability for just a minute. Not stability as in the State Of The Scale, nothing that dramatic. Instead, I mean basic […]

August 29, 2012 0 Comments More
Lights, Benchwork, Action!

Lights, Benchwork, Action!

I just got back from the world of eBay shopping this afternoon; on today’s shopping list was lighting. Not for a layout or diorama, well not exactly. Many of the pieces I build are small, even the custom desktop layouts I’ve built and sold are only about 16” square with a hand laid oval of […]

August 9, 2012 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | Second Track Plan

Waterfront Project | Second Track Plan

Here we have v.2 of the Waterfront Project track plan. It’s actually very similar to the initial version (both are shown below) except for section 4 where I tie the old main line track in with the industrial track section and by extension, the new main line. I’m really on the fence about this small, […]

July 17, 2012 0 Comments More
SOO Memories From Greene, North Dakota

SOO Memories From Greene, North Dakota

by Tom Gloger Someday the Internet is going to contain all there is to know about every possible subject. This is my contribution: fond recollections of relatives, railroads, and the place known as Greene, North Dakota. Greene is located in Renville County in the northwest quarter of North Dakota near where State Route 28 crosses the […]

June 30, 2012 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | First Track Plan

Waterfront Project | First Track Plan

Now we get to the scary part of the Waterfront Project, for me that’s that track planning. I’ve come up with, and discarded, several ideas already but I think the track plan on this page has some legs. I consider this to be version 1 (v.1) and there will be changes, but I believe it […]

June 27, 2012 0 Comments More
Bridges In Florida

Bridges In Florida

Who hasn’t gone web surfing and ended up in a strange place on YouTube? Lots and lots of odd stuff out there that for some reason has been captured for posterity. Occasionally though something genuinely useful comes along and while the amateur plot lines may be rough, the content is interesting. I’m not sure how […]

June 21, 2012 0 Comments More
Waterfront Project | Build 1

Waterfront Project | Build 1

It’s been a couple of months since the last Waterfront Project update so I thought it best to get a clean start as the actual layout construction begins. Since we have the buildings built, the best place to start was to get a general feel for where these kits would sit on the base. Though […]

June 13, 2012 0 Comments More
Collecting In Z Scale

Collecting In Z Scale

I’ve never been much of a Z scale collector myself, I simply tend to buy and keep what I like. I was wondering recently if the wave of good quality trains available from AZL and MTL haven’t put a dent into the Z scale collector market? This is a purely unscientific observation on my part […]

June 10, 2012 0 Comments More
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